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Toni Bou Wins GB Day Two To Further Extend Championship Lead

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It was a weekend of double wins for Toni Bou and the Repsol Honda team as he dominated day two of the Grand Prix of Great Britain.

His nearest rival in the championship Adam Raga ‰ÛÒ Gas Gas rescued second place in the event by a single point from Jeroni Fajardo - Beta.

After crashing on day one in section twelve on the final lap, Takahisa Fujinami ‰ÛÒRepsol Honda rode a brave event, in pain from his troubled knee injury, to move closer in the championship to the third position.

It was a return to the tiny village of Nord Vue near Penrith in the North of the country for day two of round six of this year‰Ûªs World Trial Championship. Included in the four kilometre lap of twelve sections which had to be attempted over three laps, was a mixture of rocks and climbs in the quarry and wooded areas.

Three of the sections had been changed for the second day. In contrast to day one the second day was greeted with warm sunshine for the crowd of around 4,000 who attended the event.

It was a very confident Toni Bou ‰ÛÒ Repsol Honda who started day two in Great Britain. As his nearest championship rival Adam Raga ‰ÛÒ Gas Gas parted with thirteen marks on his first lap Bou lost just a single five mark penalty on the difficult Section eight to take an early lead. Jeroni Fajardo ‰ÛÒ Beta also equalled Raga‰Ûªs score of thirteen.

Takahisa Fujinami ‰ÛÒ Repsol Honda was in pain from his damaged knee and was well off the scores of the leading riders with much work to do if he was to make a strong challenge for the top three.

On the second lap with the crowd enjoying the sunshine Bou again took a five mark penalty on section eight as Fajardo and Fujinami both parted with twelve marks. Raga was just behind them on fifteen needing a good last lap to move back into second position. It was home rider James Dabill ‰ÛÒ Beta who posted the best lap score on the final lap but Fajardo, with 11 marks, to Raga‰Ûªs 7, lost out on second place overall by one mark.

Bou lost two fives to take yet again another clear win and boost the chances of retaining his World Championship crown.

"I am so happy to take the win today and extend my championship lead." Bou stated. "It was important to take the two wins in Great Britain and the ten point lead in the championship is what I was looking for.

"At this moment I am feeling very confident and as you can see this is reflected in my low scoring rides on both of the days."

Bou has now opened up a ten point lead at the top of the championship.

Round seven of the Championship will take place next weekend, Sunday, July 27 at the Pyrenean ski resort of La Mongie in the France.
Round Results - Day 2:
1 Toni Bou 20
2 Adam Raga 35
3 Jeroni Fajardo 36
4 James Dabill 45
5 Takahisa Fujinami 48
6 Jorge Casales 52
7 Albert Cabestany 53
8 Matteo Grattarola 64
9 Alexandre Ferrer 68
10 Michael Brown 78

Championship Standings 1 Toni Bou 168 pts
2 Adam Raga 158 pts
3 Albert Cabestany 120 pts
4 Takahisa Fujinami 113 pts
5 Jeroni Fajardo 111 pts
6 James Dabill 91 pts
7 Jorge Casales 77 pts
8 Alexandre Ferrer 63 pts
9 Pol Tarres 38 pts
10 Matteo Grattarola 35 pts
11 Michael Brown 26 pts
12 Eddie Karlsson 14 pts
13 Tomoyuki Ogawa 10 pts
14 Kenichi Kuroyama 7 pts
15 Fumitaka Nozaki 7 pts
16 Alexz Wigg 6 pts

Top Image: Toni Bou will carry at ten point lead into the seventh round of the World Trials Championship after his second straight win in Great Britain.

Credit: Honda Racing

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