The second day of competition at the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William saw Takahisa Fujinami (JPN) take a well deserved win after a demonstrative ride. He was followed home by Albert Cabestany , the Spaniard celebrating his birthday this weekend, with 2009 World Champion Toni Bou (SPA) coming in third.
After a day of bright sunshine and warm temperatures on the first day, Sunday soon became wet, with rain falling at the mid-point of the first lap as the riders approached the exposed higher sections. It returned much heavier as the competition came to a close, with the last two already challenging sections, held in front of the crowds and the finish podium, becoming extremely slippery.
Despite running as first rider thanks to his win yesterday, Bou took the early advantage, even with a five on the fourth hazard of the first lap. He dropped seven more dabs through the course of lap one to hold a one-mark advantage over Cabestany by the mid-point. Fujinami was third after the first lap, picking up a five early on as he went over time on section six.
However, it was Fujinami who made the running on the second lap despite the rain. Bou made several mistakes, picking up three fives on his way back to the finish amid the tricky conditions. Fujinami, on the other hand, recorded just five marks over the whole lap as he relaxed and aimed to enjoy the riding. Cabestany split the pair exactly, massing ten marks through a series of dabs to edge out Bou and claim second place. But Fujinami’s exceptional second-lap performance gave him the win, with a two-mark advantage over Cabestany.
A pair of fourth place finishes this weekend for Adam Raga (SPA), who lies second in the overall standings, means that Bou extends his championship lead to seventeen points, while Fujinami is now just one point behind Raga in third, at the season mid-point.
In the Junior category, the podium was a re-shuffle of that from Saturday, with Jack Challoner (GBR) taking the win by a single point over Alfredo Gomez (SPA). The pair were extremely close throughout the day, separated by a single mark as they completed the first lap. But it was Challoner who gained a three-mark advantage in the afternoon to record the win. Just like Saturday, Alexandre Ferrer (FRA) came home in third place.
Similarly, the Youth class saw the top two results swap from yesterday. Jack Sheppard (GBR) edged out Pol Tarres (SPA) to claim the win, again the two closely matched on the first lap, but Sheppard taking a four-mark advantage on the second to secure the win. This time, it was Giacomo Saleri who came home in third to round out the podium.
The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William is supported by EventScotland, Highland and Islands Enterprise and The Highland Council together with Nevis Range, Alcan, Forestry commission Scotland, VisitScotland, TMX and Hope.
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Notes to Editors:
FIM – http://www.fim-live.com/en/
ACU – http://www.acu.org.uk/
Trials Central – http://wwwtrialscentral.com/
Motorcycle trials is unique in the World of motorsport. It is the only discipline where the winner is decided on skill alone.
The sport originated in the UK nearly a century ago and has enjoyed a long association with the Fort William area as host to the World famous Scottish Six Days Trial.
Co-Director of L+M Events, organisers of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, Martin Lampkin, was the first ever FIM Trial World Champion back in 1975, and is also a multiple winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial along with other members of perhaps the World's most famous motorcycling family.
World Championship Classes
World Pro – As the name suggests, this is the World's elite – the professionals, the best on the planet.
World Junior – This class is for riders aged 18 to 23 years old and is a feeder class for the top category.
World Youth – Riders in this class are restricted to 125cc machines, and must be aged 16 to 18 years old.
The Trial des Nations
The Trial des Nations is regarded as 'the Jewel in the Crown' in World motorcycling and is strongly supported by the majority of national federations affiliated to the FIM.
This annual event normally attracts teams from around twenty-five nations and caters for both female and male riders. The competition takes place over three days with the final round of the FIM Women's Trial World Championship opening proceedings ahead of the two team events. The three member ladies teams then fight it out on Saturday prior to Sunday's main trial, when the mighty four man squads battle it out for top honours.
The 2010 & 2012 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship and Trial Des Nations 2011 will be run on behalf of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) which is the World governing body of motorcycle sport.
The Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the British motorcycle federation, has sanctioned these events to be run within its territory.
The events will be run in accordance with the FIM sporting code, trial regulations, technical rules and environmental code, with delegates from both the FIM and the ACU present throughout the events to ensure compliancy.
Funding & Support
The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship has secured the backing of EventScotland, Highland Council and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.