2006 Indoor World Trial Championship Round 8

Pabellon Menorca - Illes Balears, Spain - 18-2-2006 - Attendance: 5,000

Another sixth place finish - refreshed afterward

Round 8 took place at the island of Menorca, a quiet and peaceful resort island about 30 minutes from Barcelona by air, and 5,000 trials fans packed the stadium. Originally, Bethune was scheduled to compete, but he couldn't make the trip, so there was a total of six riders including Bou as a wild-card rider participated the event.

It was a tough fight for Fujinami at Illes Balears, as he desperately needed to stop the streak of bad results, and was trying hard to find out the problems he had been suffering. He was under a lot of pressure, and it might have affected his riding, as he often missed the line even at the sections where he marked cleans.

The opening section of the lap was difficult for everybody, and Lampkin was the only rider who rode without being fived. The section two was even tougher, as all the riders fived throughout the day - for both the qualification lap and the final lap. At the section five, Fuji almost fived when landed, but held on to add two points only. At the section six, he lost the front end grip to crash when jumped off from the unstable obstacles; he became the only rider adding points at the section. When the qualification lap was over, he was two points behind Fajardo with eighteen points to finish at sixth place, thus extended the string of sixth place finishes to three.

Fuji'steam-mate Lampkin, who had the first podium finish of the season at Belfast two rounds ago, showed the strengthagain at Illes Balears to finish first at the qualification lap. He couldn't repeat the performance at the final lap, probably trying a little bit too hard for marking cleans at some sections; he ended up adding more points than he needed. Still, Lampkin finished third to celebrate his second podium of the season.

Although the result was disappointing, Fuji was refreshed after the event, because he found the clue to improve his riding. The performance shown by the team-mate was encouraging for him too. Fuji has high hopes for the rest of the season.

Quote from Fujigas:

I am not happy with three consecutive sixth places, but I feel refreshed because I could sort out the reasons I have been struggling this year. I will fight back in Lisboa.

Indoor Trial World Championship 2006
Illes Balears
Final Lap
1. Adam Raga Gas Gas 16
2. Albert Cabestany Sherco 19
3. Dougie Lampkin
Repsol Montesa HRC 30
Qualificarion Lap
1. Dougie Lampkin Repsol Montesa HRC 8
2. Adam Raga Gas Gas 10
3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 11
4. Toni Bou Beta 11
5. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 16
6. Takahisa Fujinami Repsol Montesa HRC 18
Point Standings
1. Adam Raga 72
2. Albert Cabestany 55
3. Toni Bou 50
4. Jeroni Fajardo 44
5. Dougie Lampkin 35
6. Takahisa Fujinami 32
7. James Dabill 5
8. Shaun Morris 4
9. Daniele Maurino 4
10. Jerome Bethune 3
11. Tadeusz Blazusiak 2

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