2005 Spanish Championship Round 1
3/4/2005 Ciudad de Mancha Real
Solid response on his first Outdoor competition
The first round of the Spanish Championship took place in Mancha Real.
The series has been attracting the world's top class riders with competitive
practice opportunity. For the first round, 13 riders entered, with
Tadeusz Blazusiak, Dougie Lampkin and Fujinami were three non-Spanish
Originally in 2004 season, Fuji planned to actively participate the
series for fighting for the title. However, the regulation was altered,
so non-Spanish riders lost eligibility for taking the title. Fuji then
changed the plan, and he skipped some rounds, such as round 4, which
was held a week before the Outdoor round in Japan. When the Outdoor
season was over, he did not take part in the remaining rounds in the
Spanish Championship. Therefore, Fuji finished 10th in the open class
in 2004. Fuji's teammate Lampkin also missed some rounds to finish
5th in the series.
The starting order in Spanish Championship is decided in the same
manner as the World Championship, and riders are divided into 5-men
group for drawing ballots. Being 10th in the series, Fuji was placed
in the second group. Lampkin meanwhile was placed in the first group.
Both Montesa riders took the worst ballot, and Fuji was 4th to start,
with Lampkin taking the 9th spot for the starting order.
Due to rainfall the day before, sections were slippery. After having
volume of complaints from the riders against sections being too difficult
and risky, the organizer made some alterations to make them easier.
It was a bad news for Fuji not only he liked the sections to be difficult,
but also it forced him a careful inspection of the sections before
Three riders starting before Fuji didn't give so much riding hints
to Fuji, as there was a considerable difference in riding skills. Practically
speaking, Fuji was the first rider to go through most of the sections.
He needed to find the riding line and leaving nice marks for the riders
starting behind him.
There was a change in Spanish championship for this year that time-allowance
was shortened to 4 hour and 30 minutes for overall with 2 hour 30 minutes
limitation for lap 1. It was a tough and busy ride on the first lap
for Fuji, that he had spent 1 hour 50 minute when he arrived at section
8, leaving only 40 minutes to complete 7 more timed sections. From
section 11 to 14, Fuji had no choice but attacking the sections without
inspection for saving time. Fuji finished the lap with 24 points, more
than a double score comparing to the score of eventual event winner
Sections became much drier and easier than the first lap, and Fuji
showed a strong performance on lap 2. Fuji believed that it was possible
for him to score all clean, but he made some small mistakes completing
the lap with 2 penalty points. It was the best score of the lap, where
Raga followed him with 3 points and Cabestany with 7 points.
By taking 2 more points on lap 2, Fuji lost the final podium position
to Freixa. There were only 8 points separation between Fuji and the
second placed Raga too. It was the first Outdoor competition on a new
4-stroke bike for Fuji, and he was happy to show a solid performance
on lap2. He knows now that the potential of the bike is high and his
condition is pretty well too.
Quote from Fujigas:
|Spanish Championship 2005
Ciudad de Mancha Real
|| Jeroni Fajardo
|L1: Lap1 L2: Lap2 TO:
Time Over Pts: Penalty Point CL:Clean
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