BEL­GIUM

Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIONAL -

2018 TRI­ALGP WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Never one to give up with­out a fight, the de­fend­ing world cham­pion showed why he is the undis­puted num­ber one af­ter a heroic vic­tory with a very dif­fi­cult knee in­jury he picked up in qual­i­fy­ing. Rid­ing through the pain bar­rier he was in fan­tas­tic form on the open­ing lap where he pulled out a clear ad­van­tage, but the fight for vic­tory was way from over. The man ex­pected to chal­lenge Bou was Jeroni Fa­jardo, but his day did not go to plan and it was his old ad­ver­sary, Adam Raga on the TRRS, who took the fight to the cham­pi­onship leader. Af­ter a re­cent loss of form Adam was right back on track, and at one point in the clos­ing stages of the sec­ond lap he snatched the lead from Bou. Never one to give up it was fel­low Rep­sol Honda team rider Takahisa Fu­ji­nami who re­turned to the podium for the first time since round two in Ja­pan. WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: 1: Bou 43; 2: Raga 47; 3: Fu­ji­nami 59; 4: Busto 63; 5: Da­bill 70; 6: Fa­jardo 76; 7: Cabestany 77; 8: Kadlec 87; 7: 9: Price 88; 10: Casales 89.

33 Al­ways show­ing 100% com­mit­ment to the tough­est of haz­ards Ja­pan’s Takahisa Fu­ji­nami wel­comed his re­turn to the podium. One of the younger rid­ers in the Tri­alGP class Ger­many’s Franz Kadlec took the scalp of his Gas Gas team­mate Jack Price by a sin­gle point. Never un­der­es­ti­mate the de­ter­mi­na­tion of Adam Raga on the TRRS. He was right back on form in Bel­gium, chas­ing down Toni Bou all day.

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