2006 Indoor World Trial Championship Round 12

Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid - Madrid, Spain - 18-3-2006 - Attendance: 10,000

Warning Signal as the Injury worsened

After coming back from South America, Fujinami continued test riding for 2006 Outdoor bike when the injury he sustained in Argentina found not to be very serious. Although it was painful, he felt the finger was healing steadily. He was looking forward to the final round of the season too. However, soon things went backward and the condition got a lot worse than before. The finger got swelled up and Fuji had a hard time sleeping with the pain. Fuji visited the doctor for further examination, and the X-rays showed the broken bone unlike avulsion fractures in the previous finding. The doctor told Fuji that riding with the injured finger might have worsened the condition.

Fuji himself didn't know if it was the case or the finger was broken at the first place. He had no way other than to cancel the Madrid's round, but since the preparation for the trip had already been organized by the team with the air-ticket and everything, he flew to Madrid to speak to the organizer in person about his cancelation. He was then informed by the organizer that he would receive a point if starting the event even without riding at the sections. Being in a close battle against Lampkin for fifth in the championship, he decided to start, for a point might have made a big difference. Fuji started his turn without using the finger, and he concluded his 2006 Indoor season with a ride around the arena to thank the fans for the support.

The results show that Fuji didn't score any point in Madrid, which contradicting to the words of the organizer. Anyway, Fuji finished the season with forty-three points in a tie with Lampkin, but finishing fifth in the championship by the number of the third places.

It wasn't the way Fuji originally planned to end the Indoor season, but the biggest problem he has now is that it is not likely for him to have a full recovery with the finger in time for the very important series awaits within two weeks. He may have to sit back and cancel a round or two before being competitive again.

Quote from Fujigas:

It doesn't look good at all. I have been riding and testing 2006 Outdoor bike since getting back from Argentina, and I thought my finger was getting better. I guess I made it going backward, and now it is broken. I will show the X-ray pictures to my Japanese doctor and Dr. Kamata and decide what to do next. Biggest problem now is the severe inflammation of the finger. I know it will go away soon, but then, I don't think the bone will heal up in time for round one in Niigran or even in Madrid. I will do my best to have a quick recovery.

Indoor Trial World Championship 2006
Final Lap
1. Adam Raga Gas Gas 14
2. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 18
3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 20
Qualificarion Lap
1. Adam Raga Gas Gas 3
2. Albert Cabestany Sherco 3
3. Jeroni Fajardo Gas Gas 8
4. Toni Bou Beta 9
5. Dougie Lampkin Repsol Montesa HRC 11
6. James Dabill Beta 31
7. Shaun Morris Gas Gas 36
-- Takahisa Fujinami Repsol Montesa HRC --
Point Standings
1. Adam Raga 105
2. Albert Cabestany 85
3. Toni Bou 73
4. Jeroni Fajardo 67
5. Takahisa Fujinami 49
6. Dougie Lampkin 49
7. Tadeusz Blazusiak 8
8. Shaun Morris 8
9. James Dabill 8
10. Daniele Maurino 4
11. Jerome Bethune 2

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