2006 Indoor World Trial Championship Round 11
Luna Park - Buenos Aires, Argentina - 11-3-2006 - Attendance:
Painful Sixth in Argentina
Fujinami had a quick break after the Brazilian round, spending time
in Brazil and Argentina before the next competition. Previously in
2005 season, there was one South American round in the Indoor championship
calendar, but for 2006, there are two. It is good to know that the
championship is growing and expanding more to the world. On the other
hand, it gives some difficulties in organizing the schedule for the
teams, because more travel means less time they can spare for the development
work for the following Outdoor season.
Apart from a little confusion before the ride - Fujinami underwent
section inspection again a minute before his turn when he watched Bou
made a full mark mistake at the first section - the qualification lap
started OK for Fuji with a clean at the first section. He was the first
permanent riders in Argentina, and there were two wild-card riders
riding before him.
Fuji had two big crashes in the round, which forced him riding with
a lot of pains. He had the first one at the section two, where he lost
a balance and fell off to the ground. The crash itself wasn't so special,
but he hit his butt hard against a block of concrete located on the
floor. It was very painful, but Fuji pushed himself to continue, as
it was only the beginning of the lap. Then he had another crash getting
injured again, more seriously. It was at the section four, where he
needed to jump off from the step and turn the bike about 90 degrees
simultaneously. When trying to put the front wheel onto one of the
two steps before reaching to the bottom, he hit the front fork against
the obstacle. Instantly the bike flipped over, and Fuji fell to the
ground together with the bike from the left side. He had his index
finger holding onto the clutch lever when hitting the ground. The bike
was damaged such as clutch master cylinder got broken, but more importa!
ntly, he had a severe cut on his index finger.
Not only he was forced to change the bike to the spare bike, he was
unable to control the clutch lever with the index finger. It bled a
lot, and pulling the lever made it bleeding even more. He could have
stopped riding, but he went on using the middle finger to support the
injured finger. Fuji marked clean at the section six, but it became
too painful for him to ride. He made a section entry only and stop
to add five points at the following section, to finish observed seven
sections with twenty points.
When the all participants finished their observed sections, it was
Cabestany who led with five points followed by Fajardo's ten points.
Bou, Raga and Lampkin rode the sections with twelve, thirteen and fourteen
points, respectively, and they weren't too far from Fuji. He was in
a good position for the final lap if he stayed away from crashes and
imperfect riding after the injuries.
During a short interval before the High Jump, Fuji rushed to the medical
center for an emergency treatment. The wound was too close to the finger
nail so the doctor couldn't stitch up. Instead, he used the medical
adhesive to put the lips together so Fuji could go out again.
Fuji was in a great pain by them from the butt and the finger, and
he had no strength being left with his injured finger. He used the
middle finger alone to control the clutch for the High-Jump, dropping
bars to add two more points. He had one more battle at the Double Lane
against Lampkin before the day was over. Fuji knew that his sixth place
was fixed, as both the team-mate and Blazusiak were too many points
away, thus he escaped shortly after the start of DL.
After the competition, Fuji had sterilization treatment for his finger
at the medical center before leaving the country. Fuji's woe continued
in flight as he had a lot of pains with his butt during the long trip
back to Spain.
The doctor in Barcelona found that there were small avulsion fractures
with Fuji's finger. After a discussion with the doctor Fuji decided
to leave it as it was, since they found no particular treatment for
the wound. Fuji already forgot the bad memories in Argentina, and trying
to concentrate toward the final adjustment of completely new 2006 bike
for the coming season.
Quote from Fujigas:
|Indoor Trial World Championship 2006
|| Jeroni Fajardo
|| Toni Bou
|| Adam Raga
|| Gas Gas
|| Dougie Lampkin
|| Repsol Montesa HRC
|| Takahisa Fujinami
||Repsol Montesa HRC
|| Tadeusz Blazusiak
|| Adam Raga
|| Jerome Bethune
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