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Repsol Honda Trial Team, all set to start the strangest of seasons

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The 2020 TrialGP World Championship gets underway this coming weekend at the Isola 2000 resort in France.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest will feature many changes to which the current champions Repsol Honda Team will have to adapt.

COVID-19 has affected the 2020 the TrialGP World Championship season. The originally scheduled season opener in May was subsequently postponed until September. Of the seven previously scheduled events ‰ÛÒ a total of nine points-paying trials ‰ÛÒ the calendar has been restructured to a series of four double-date events.

Repsol Honda Team, made up of current world champion Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami, the third-place holder from the previous world championship edition, will finally get the 2020 outdoor season underway in France this coming weekend. The event, held at the Isola 2000 ski resort, will feature new regulations and modifications prompted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The main novelty for 2020 will be a new system for the trials, with the competition route now featuring just 10 sections over three laps (previously events were 15 sections over 2 laps). The Coronavirus has forced race authorities to make each day of the event a separate points-scoring competition, each counting towards the championship (Saturday and Sunday). In addition, the qualifying day prior to each of the competitions has been cancelled outright.

The season will be an intense one for the Repsol Honda Team. It begins on September 5 and 6 in Isola 2000, France and will continue on the following two weekends, first at Pobladura de las Regueras in Spain, followed by the habitual event in Sant JuliÌÊ de LÌ_ria, Andorra. The championship wraps up on the second weekend of October in Lazzate, Italy. All races are to be held on closed off road circuits.

"I can‰Ûªt wait to get started," Toni Bou said. "Being inactive for so long, we have started to really miss racing. The sensations are very strange, and I imagine that for everyone it will be similar. Luckily, I‰Ûªve have been able to train and I think I'm in shape and really looking forward to getting back to normal. It will be a very different year, without a doubt, with a very short championship and the trials very close together: it will be very tough. Any fiascos could complicate things, so we will try to stay very focused. The important thing will be not to make mistakes. On the other hand, the trials are almost all at altitude which makes things even tougher."
Toni Bou (Left) and Takahisa Fujinami
2020 TrialGP World Championship
5-6 September - Isola 2000 - France
12-13 September - Pobladura de las Regueras - Spain
19-20 September - Sant JuliÌÊ de LÌ_ria - Andorra
10-11 October - Lazzate - Italy

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