2006 Indoor World Trial Championship Round 7

Peterburgsky Sports Complex - St. Petersburg, Russia - 12-2-2006 - Attendance: 10,500

Consecutive sixth place

Fujinami and the team staff flied out Belfast 5:30 in the morning on Saturday on 21st; less than three hours after having late dinner. Since there was no direct flight, they had to change flights a couple of times before reaching the nearest airport from St. Petersburg. When they finally arrived the hotel, it was around 5 in the evening.

They had a short break before having a meeting with the organizer at 8 in the morning on Sunday, and the evening came the competition got under way.

There were two wild card riders: Blazsiak and Bou, who had been competing regularly this year and fighting for the championship, and five permanent riders lined up for the Russian round.

Boudidn't show any problem at the first three sections so as all the permanent riders, so the real challenge of the lap started from the section four.

For Fujinami, the challenge started a bit earlier than the rest when he hit the brake pedal at the obstacle at the section three breaking the part into two. The rear brake wasn't very important at the second half of the section, so he was able to finish without any penalty point.

Having no time for fixing the bike at the time - 10 minutes for seven sections - Fuji switched to the spare bike. Although 'works' spare bike was available in Russia, unlike last year where they had only standard bike for spare all year, it wasn't exactly Fujinami special. He rode the next two sections only to five both sections.

He took a moment to wait for the bike to get fixed, and when the bike returned to Fuji, he had forty seconds to ride remaining two sections. He went back, but he fived both sections again.

Fuji was a distance sixth when the observed sections were over with twenty points. But Lampkin fived High-Jump and lost the DL battle against Fuji. Fuji also added one point at HJ, so as a result, two Montesa riders finished the lap with twenty one points in a tie. However Lampkin took the fifth place as he finished the lap more than a minute quicker than Fuji, who spent time for fixing the bike. Fuji then finished sixth for two consecutive rounds.

Quote from Fujigas:

Things are going bad, and now Dougie caught me up in the standing. I am going to ride better and stronger starting at the next round. I am not going to go down this way.

Indoor Trial World Championship 2006
St. Petersburg
Final Lap
1. Adam Raga Gas Gas 5
2. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 11
3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 14
Qualificarion Lap
1. Albert Cabestany Sherco 5
2. Adam Raga Gas Gas 7
3. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 12
4. Toni Bou Beta 15
5. Dougie Lampkin Repsol Montesa HRC 21
6. Takahisa Fujinami Repsol Montesa HRC 21
7. Tadeusz Blazusiak Scorpa 30
Point Standings
1. Adam Raga 62
2. Albert Cabestany 47
3. Toni Bou 45
4. Jeroni Fajardo 40
5. Dougie Lampkin 29
6. Takahisa Fujinami 29
7. James Dabill 5
8. Shaun Morris 4
9. Daniele Maurino 4
10. Jerome Bethune 3
11. Tadeusz Blazusiak 2

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