Without a doubt, both riders will arrive well motivated for the Asian race where they have always achieved great results. For Fujinami, racing at home is always an incentive, but this time represents a great milestone for Toni Bou who is on the verge of achieving the highest number of victories in the World Championship. With the CamprodÌ_n win, the Spanish rider accumulated 98 career wins just two shy of the 99 that Dougie Lampkin has held since June 2006.
This will be the nineteenth time that the Trial World Championship is hosted in Motegi, the incomparable Japanese motorpark, which has hosted the sport‰Ûªs top competition since 2000. In the most recent edition Toni Bou achieved a double win. After a spectacular victory on the difficult first day, with mud-drenched section, Takahisa Fujinami made it onto the podium alongside his team-mate. On the second day of competition, with drier terrain and less tricky sections, Bou won with a smaller margin and Fujinami posted fifth.
"The race of CamprodÌ_n was good and the sensations, also. Now we must try to continue along in this line, because this year the World Championship will be very complicated: the classifications will be difficult and in the trials the rivals will not make it easy; we will have to be very focused and the whole team work hard to try to achieve the goal. I like Motegi, I'm almost at home, and I'll try my best to continue this good run," Bou said.
Friday sees the dispute of the qualification section that will determine the starting order of the two trails on Saturday and Sunday. The route is about four kilometres in the natural areas of the Motegi circuit and there will be fifteen sections to be played over two laps. The first rider will start at 09:00 and the races are scheduled to finish approximately 15:20.