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Adam Raga takes control of Trials World Championship with U.S win

Posted: Tuesday, 28th May, 2013 : 3:30 PM - - 46,007 Reads

Gas Gas rider Adam Raga, has taken control of the 2013 FIM Trial World Championship thanks to his double victory at the US Trial Grand Prix, and now heads Toni Bou Repsol Montesa by a single point in the early title race.

Raga recorded his first ever GP win in America back in 2001 and was also the recipient of the famous Wagner cup when he also was victorious at the Trials Training Center at Sequatchie, Tennessee in 2006.

“It was a long time since I won, so to win twice in a row is a fantastic feeling." Raga stated. "I was riding well during the FIM X-Trial World Championship and also in Japan, but things just didn’t go my way. I am very happy and to win here has given me back some motivation.”

“From now the championship continues, and for sure it will be very difficult to win again at the next rounds, but it feels like two years ago when I was very strong and can put together a strong challenge.

"I think I can fight to the end, because in the last years Toni (Bou) has dominated, but I hope that will not be the case this season.”

“My training has been good, but the level amongst al the top riders is very high, so you have to fight with all of them not just Toni. Let’s see what happens now in Andorra.," he added.

Toni Bou finished second on both days at the U.S event and in the process lost the World Championship lead - Credit: Honda Racing
Finishing second to Raga on both Saturday and Sunday was current world champion, Toni Bou aboard his Repsol Montesa machine.

“When you do not win, second place is the best result you can hope for." Bou stated. "On Saturday Adam (Raga) was very strong and I made some mistakes.

"But Sunday we have both rode incredibly well, but my error in section ten on the final lap was a big disaster.

"As you can see these results this weekend are not good for the championship, but all we can do now is to prepare for the next round, especially in terms of my physical fitness as I have struggled with that at the end today.

"The sections were better today, as they were more difficult than yesterday, so this is not reason for my result today, as I have to take the responsibility for this." Bou concluded.

Finshing on the final step of the podium on Saturday was Spanish Beta rider Jeroni Fajardo, while on Sunday third place was secured by Montesa Honda rider Takahisa Fuginami

FIM World Trial Championship U.S.A Saturday Results
1. Adam Raga 9 SPA GAS GAS
3. Jeroni Fajardo 19 SPA BETA
4. Albert Cabestany 24 SPA SHERCO
5. Takahisa Fujinami 37 JPN MONTESA HONDA
6. James Dabill 40 GBR BETA
7. Loris Gubain 57 FRA GAS GAS
8. Matteo Grattarola 62 ITA GAS GAS
9. Alexandre Ferrer 63 FRA SHERCO
10. Benoit Dagnicourt 70 FRA BETA
11. Jack Challoner 88 GBR BETA
12. Patrick Smage 103 USA SHERCO
13. Pere Borrellas 111 ESP GAS GAS

Sunday's Podium - Credit:
FIM World Trial Championship U.S.A Sunday Results
1. Adam Raga 24 (28x0) SPA GAS GAS
2. Toni Bou 24 (28x0) ESP MONTESA HONDA
3. Takahisa Fujinami 38 JPN MONTESA HONDA
4. Jeroni Fajardo 40 SPA BETA
5. Albert Cabestany 55 SPA SHERCO
6. James Dabill 61 GBR BETA
7. Alexandre Ferrer 83 FRA SHERCO
8. Loris Gubain 90 FRA GAS GAS
9. Matteo Grattarola 104 ITA GAS GAS
10. Jack Challoner 110 GBR BETA
11. Patrick Smage 123 USA SHERCO
12. Benoit Dagnicourt 128 FRA BETA
13. Pere Borrellas 134 ESP GAS GAS

FIM World Trial Championship Standings
1. Adam Raga 70 pts
2. Toni Bou 69 pts
3. Takahisa Fujinami 59 pts
4. Jeroni Fajardo 56 pts
5. Albert Cabestany 49 pts
6. James Dabill 41 pts
7. Alexandre Ferrer 24 pts
8. Jack Challoner 23 pts
9. Matteo Grattarola 21 pts
10. Michael Brown 17 pts
11. Loris Gubain 17 pts
12. Tomoyuki Ogawa 14 pts
13. Kenichi Kuroyama 14 pts
14. Fumitaka Nozaki 13 pts
15. Benoit Dagnicourt 10 pts
16. Patrick Smage 9 pts
17. Pere Borrellas 6 pts
18. Yoshiaki Nomoto 2 pts
19. Tsubasa Matsuura 2 pts
20. Daniel Oliveras 2 pts

Top Image: Adam Raga leads the 2013 World Trials Championship after his double win in the United States of America

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