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REPSOL HONDA UNVEILS 2022 TEAM!

Hard-earned experience, time-proven excellence and exciting fresh blood combine in 2022 to form the new-look Repsol Honda Trial Team contesting the Hertz FIM Trial World Championship.

At the helm – as he has been since 2007 – is Toni Bou. The 35-year-old Spanish superstar needs little or no introduction with his 15 consecutive TrialGP crowns telling us everything we need to know about his sublime skills.


For 2022 he is joined by a rider at the other end of the career ladder. At the tender age of just 21, Spain’s Gabriel Marcelli already has two seasons in the premier class under his belt and is very highly regarded.


The two-man team will be managed by Japanese legend Takahisa Fujinami who retired from top-flight trial at the end of 2021 following a world championship career that lasted 26 years and spanned four decades.


Bou has been the main man in the team since signing to ride Honda’s all-conquering four-stroke machine for the 2007 season and despite his long tenure at the top the Catalan rider remains as motivated as ever.


“As always, our objectives are the titles and we are continuously preparing,” he said. “We will continue the line of work that we have been taking over these years.


“I would like to welcome Gabriel to the team. He is a very good rider and he rode some great trials this year. I’m sure that he will do really well and it will be good for the team. I also wish to congratulate Takahisa as the new team manager. I’m sure his experience will be positive for us.”


Marcelli, who hails from the north west of Spain close to the Portuguese border, won the 2019 Trial2 title before impressing in his rookie season in TrialGP when he claimed a debut podium on home ground and finished the year in sixth.


Despite slipping to seventh last year, there is no denying his undoubted talent and he could thrive following his promotion to the factory four-stroke.


“I am more than happy to join the best trial team in the world,” he said. “From now on maybe there will be more pressure. The fact of joining the Repsol Honda team gives you more responsibilities, you are in the eyes of everyone – being Toni’s team-mate [and] having such a good team, I think it will bring many great moments and I hope it will be a relationship that lasts for many years.


“I take over from Takahisa who has set the bar very high all these years. I will try to do my best and show that I am up to it and hopefully be at the top with Toni.”


World champion in 2004, Fujinami – or Fujigas as he is better known to his legion of fans – has enjoyed a stellar career. The youngest rider ever to win a TrialGP event, in 2021 he also became the oldest rider to win a TrialGP event when he triumphed aged 41 on day two at Tolmezzo in Italy.


“For me it is a great honour to be able to defend the colours of the Repsol Honda Trial Team as team manager,” he said. “The team has achieved great success and my intention will be to continue this long streak of titles and to collaborate in making the brand even bigger.


“Gabriel is a young rider with a promising future [and] with his entry into the Repsol Honda team we are sure that he will make a great leap forward in his career. He will be the team-mate of our great champion Toni Bou – what can you say about someone who has achieved so much?”


The 2022 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship is scheduled to get under way with the Japanese TrialGP at Motegi on May 20-22. For regular updates check out our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – just search for TrialGP.


For more information go to www.trialgp.com

 2022 PROVISIONAL FIM JUNIORGP TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

Please find enclosed the Press Release / 2022 Provisional FIM JuniorGP™ Technical Regulations


The regulations for the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship, and Hawkers European Talent Cup are available HERE.

The articles amended as from December 2021 are in bold green type or strikethrough.

In the coming weeks, the complete regulations, including not only the Technical Regulations, but also the Sporting and the Disciplinary Regulations will be released.

Click here to view the document

PENTECOST AND KAWASAKI: DREAMS DO COME TRUE!

What GXCC Cross Coutry Final Report
Where Carletonville, Gauteng
When Saturday 4 December 2021
Community Gauteng Regional

Green machines finish the Cross Country season on a high

Kawasaki put the finishing touches to an incredible comeback cross country season. CIT Franchise Co. star Mike Pentecost added the overall GXCC Gauteng, OR1 and Northern Regions titles to his national OR1 championship with overall victory at a muddy Carletonville on Saturday.

It was a winning weekend all-round for Kawasaki, as Pepson Plastics Motul trio d’Artagnian Lobjoit came home second in OR1 and Taki Bogiages, Kyle Mackenzie and CIT lad John Botha ended second, third and fourth in OR3 as Taki and Kyle took second and fifth in that title chase.

“What a wonderful way to end an incredible year,” Pepson Plastics Kawaski Motul Racing team boss Iain Pepper admitted. “We made a brave call to race Kawasakis this season and to say that paid off is an understatement. “Then Mike Pentecost approached us and we made a plan to accommodate him. “The rest is history. ”To Mike, Taki, Kyle and to everyone else who came together to make this happen, a huge thank you. “We came, we saw and Kawasaki conquered. “Fantastic!”

“I had a lot to prove to a lot of people who probably thought I was a has-been!” Mike Pentecost explained. “I reached out to so many people who were never interested. “Then I told Iain Pepper what I wanted to achieve and without hesitation, he introduced me to Harry Grobler. “I must thank Iain for that. “Thanks to Harry and Chris at CIT Franchise Co, not just for their backing, but for setting an example of what a champion should be and leading our team to all these titles.

“My Franchise Co CIT Kawasaki KX 450 X proved itself beyond doubt. “Thanks also to the man with a plan, Mr. Roger Bergstrom from FCR Suspension, who put so much time and effort into my bike to give me that little edge that I needed from the get go. “To my family, who have never ever doubted, and always backed me through thick and thin, thank you! “And to my Kawasaki family, my OR1 teammate, D’artagnan Lobjoit and everyone else, well done. “2022, here we come!”

“Wow, that wraps up a brilliant Cross Country racing season,” D’artagnan Lobjoit explained. “To add a Kawasaki GXCC championship 1-2 to our national OR1 1-3 is a brilliant achievement in our maiden season! Thanks so much to Iain and my incredible Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul team. “My brilliant KX450X ran like clockwork throughout the season — this was a superb year all round!”

It was also a landmark race for Taki Bogiages, who bounced back second in OR3 after missing much of the late season to Covid. “I so enjoyed racing in great conditions with no dust after the rain,” Taki explained. “My Pepson Plastics Motul KX 250 X was awesome on the choppy, fast track and my team flawless with really fast stops. “I am also delighted with my first finish more than 3 months since Covid affected my lungs. “Now we focus on the off season — and 2022!”

Kyle Mackenzie likewise enjoyed a strong finish to his season right behind his teammate in third in OR3. “That was a fine, muddy weekend,” Kyle Macenzie pointed out. “My Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul KX250X felt amazing and I had a good run to end up third to close off a close fifth in the championship. “I am delighted with my progress as a rider this season and I’m hugely thankful to my whole Pepson Plastics Motul team for a brilliant season. “Bring on 2022!”

High School star John Botha was fourth on his OR3 debut for CIT Franchise Co Kawasaki and Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Racing Motul ran two guest riders in Carletonville. SA ladies motocross champion Kyla Raaff swapped her regular KX 250 MX machine for an X version and enjoyed a great battle to second with MX rival and cross country regular Leah Heygate. And multiple SA champion, cross country King Kenny Gilbert made a most popular return to the saddle, running in the OR1 top three for much of the race.

“In closing, I must thank our entire Kawasaki cross country operation for making our first season in green a dream come true,” Iain Pepper concluded. “Rest assured, we will be back, bigger and better in 2022!” CIT Franchise Co. Kawasaki team boss Harry Grobler added, “We have great plans for Kawasaki in Cross Country racing in 2022. “Watch this space for more news on our new season plans soon!”

Issued on behalf of Pepson Plastics Kawasaki Motul Racing