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Toni Bou Back In Charge At French TrialGP

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Toni Bou came away from France having extended his lead at the head of the world championship after winning in the French town of Cahors.

Following his shock third-placed finish last time out in Andorra, superstar Spaniard Toni Bou returned to the top of the podium with a comfortable victory at the second French TrialGP of the season – round four of the 2021 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship – at Cahors.

A big turn-out of fans basked under a blazing sun and were treated to the sight of Bou bouncing back to his brilliant best. The defending champion – who’s on course to make it 15 consecutive TrialGP titles – parted with three single dabs in the first four sections of the trial set in a disused quarry and then remained clean for the remaining 20.

“I looked at the sections yesterday and knew it would be a low-scoring trial so I had to concentrate very hard,” said Bou. “I made a few mistakes on the first lap but was clean on lap two and it’s a great result for me after not the best weekend in Andorra.”

Fresh from his first win of the season at round three, Adam Raga led by a mark after the opening three sections but a maximum on the fourth – and then another on the eighth – effectively ended his hopes of back-to-back victories. A second-lap total of two still earned the two-time world champion the runner-up position, a single mark ahead of Jaime Busto, as the top-three gapped the field.

With many of the sections composed of imposing, imported slabs embedded along a riverbed, Bou was in his element as he hopped, skipped and jumped his four-stroke through the hazards. His fourth win of the season means he now leads Raga by a healthy 11 points with just three scoring days to go.

Miquel Gelabert completed the all-Spanish top four but his final total of 28 was double that of Busto as veteran Japanese fan-favourite Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Honda) recovered from a bad opening lap to come home fifth after losing a tie-break.

Next up is the Spanish TrialGP at Pobladura de las Regueras on September 10-12.

Toni Bou (Center) Adam Raga (L) and Jaime Busto on the podium.

Results TrialGP France

Pos.RiderNumNationL1L2L3T3ChampTeamConstructorPoints
1BOU Toni1SPA03020Repsol Honda TeamMontesa3
2RAGA Adam68SPA112017TRRS Factory TeamTRRS13
3BUSTO Jaime69SPA122015Vertigo Factory TeamVertigo14
4GELABERT Miquel56SPA1117013Gas GasGas Gas28
5FUJINAMI Takahisa7JPN208011Repsol Honda TeamMontesa28
6GRATTAROLA Matteo88ITA1417010Beta Factory RacingBeta31
7CASALES Jorge33SPA161709Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas33
8MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA241008Montesa FactoryMontesa34
9BINCAZ Benoit73FRA251207Beta Factory RacingBeta37
10FAJARDO Jeroni5SPA212206Sherco Factory TeamSherco43

Rider Standings

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1BOU Toni1SPA112Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
2RAGA Adam68SPA101TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
3GRATTAROLA Matteo88ITA79Beta Factory RacingBeta
4BUSTO Jaime69SPA75Vertigo Factory TeamVertigo
5FUJINAMI Takahisa7JPN69Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
6GELABERT Miquel56SPA66Gas GasGas Gas
7FAJARDO Jeroni5SPA55Sherco Factory TeamSherco
8MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA53Montesa FactoryMontesa
9CASALES Jorge33SPA34Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
10BINCAZ Benoit73FRA20Beta Factory RacingBeta
11PEACE Dan10GBR20Sherco Factory TeamSherco
12COLAIRO  Téo13FRA5BetaBeta

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