2006 Trial World Championship Round 11
La Rabassa, Andorra 3/9/2006 - Attendance: 3,000
Finished Ahead of Raga, but missed the Victory to Reduce Two Points Only
2006 TWC goes into the closing stages, the penultimate round of the
season took place in Andorra, the small country locating in between
French and Spanish borders.
Thanks to impressive three consecutive victories, Fujinami climbed
up to second from fourth in the championship in three rounds. Going
to Andorra round he was twelve points behind the championship leader
Raga, so all he could do was trying to win and hoping his rival would
finish as low as possible. Fuji and the team have agreed prior to the
round that they would not think about the championship to concentrate
on the battles for the victories at remaining rounds.
The event took place in the mountain at high altitudes. The paddock
was set up at the lowest altitudes in the whole event, but it situated
at two thousand meters above the sea. The sections were scattered over
deep in the forest at higher altitudes using natural big rocks.
There were four water sections at the beginning of the laps. Fuji
showed strong ride at those wet and slippery sections to be the only
rider marking four cleans on both laps. Cabestany also marked four
cleans at the Lap1, so Fuji and Cabestany were two riders making early
lead at the lap. Raga meanwhile made an error at the section three,
knocking down the marker and putting his handle bar on the ground.
He dropped five points, but later he would post an appeal as he wasn't
happy with the judgment.
The section five in turn was the biggest challenge for Fuji on both
laps. He fived on both occasions to disturbe his rhythm for the rest
of the sections. Cabestany was calm and collected in Andorra, and he
continued to be strong. He led the field by the half way of the Lap1
and Bou was second to follow him. Just before the end of the Lap1,
Fuji was fifth sharing the same points with his teammate following
Raga and Fajardo.
Fuji then fought back from the end of the Lap1, and he went back to
the second place at the end of the Lap2. He completed the laps having
the same penalty points as Raga, but Fuji grabbed the second place
by the number of cleans. Raga's protest wasn't granted, so he had to
settle for the third place.
Although Fuji couldn't accomplish his goal for the day to take another
victory, the way Cabestany rode in Andorra - he had no three point
nor five point penalty all day - Fuji had to be happy to finish second
and to be in front of his arch-rival.
So as eleven of twelve rounds in the season have completed, Fuji reduced
two more points against Raga. The gap still stands ten points with
only one round to go. It doesn't look easy at all for Fuji, but he
says he has no anxiety about the point gap. He knows it won't be the
battle against anybody at the final round in Belgium, but trying to
put his best shot.
Quote from Fujigas:
|World Championship 2006
|L1: Lap1 L2: Lap2 TO:
Time Over Pts: Penalty Point CL:Clean
|| Dougie Lampkin
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