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Takahisa Fujinami

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Takahisa Fujinami is one of the most popular riders in World trials, and for good reason. His flamboyant riding style, aggression and bravery make him a crowd favourite wherever he goes, as he continually lives up to his billing as an unpredictable yet exciting rider to watch.

Takahisa Fujinami

2004’s world title triumph was the deserved climax to a season, and a just reward for the tenacity and class shown by Takahisa Fujinami. The achievement came after a period dominating the Japanese national championships prior to making the leap to international level in the world championship. The Repsol rider has now been through all the disciplines, and has balanced his way over everything type of two-wheeled bike.

Before starting motorcycle trial and finishing runner-up in Japanese Class B at thirteen, Fujinami had been Mountain Bike Trial Champion. From a very tender age, the Japanese rider had proved to be a prodigious talent in any speciality, which allowed him to scale great heights very quickly, leading to a brilliant first title clinched in Japan in 1995. His first noteworthy achievement in the world championship was to come shortly after with a seventh-place final finish in 1996. One year on, Takahisa worked his way up to fourth overall.

A runner-up place in 2000 consolidated his position as one of the category’s top riders. By now, the Japanese rider with the permanent smile had become fully integrated into both Spanish and European life, and was able to hone his skills and take two more runner-up positions in the shadow of legendary Doug Lampkin. It was perhaps these numerous competitions, and later becoming the English ace’s sidekick that permitted him to refine his talents, and grow in stature until finally achieving the well-earned world title in 2004. The 2005 championship went to Adam Raga with Fujinami in second final position ahead of team-mate and seven times champion Doug Lampkin. This was the season of the first outing for the new four-stroke Montesa Cota 4RT on which Fujigas finished runner-up once more in 2006, in spite of having picked up four victories – more than any of his rivals. 2007 saw him finish fourth in World Indoor Trial Championship, and third in the Outdoor. The Japanese rider scored exactly the same results in the following two seasons, 2008 and 2009, with a total of 27 podiums —5 Indoor and 22 Outdoor— and a victory in the U.S. in 2008. 2010 once more signalled an ascent to a higher performance plateau, this time with five podium places, including two victories in Portugal and the first race in Great Britain; one runner-up place in France, and two third spot finishes, one in the second GB race, plus one in Italy. The final tally added up to a fourth consecutive third place overall finish in the World Trial Outdoor Championship, a clear demonstration of the high level he was now attaining in the discipline.

The same heights were almost being reflected too in the World Indoor Trial Championship, where a certain amount of added pressure and tricky new rules limited the rider to sixth overall place. The following year —2011— took the Repsol Montesa Honda rider to fifth final position in the World X-Trial (Indoor) Championship, after a fall in the second race affected his performance over most of the rest of the season. The Repsol rider clinched six outdoor podiums: two second places in Andorra and Japan, and four third spots —Germany, Italy, Great Britain and Japan— which allowed him to take third place in the world championship for the fifth successive year, close behind team-mate Toni Bou, and Adam Raga. There were a lot of ups and downs in store for Fujinami in 2012, who finished fifth in the World Trial Outdoor Championship with 174 points on the scoreboard and five podiums: two seconds —Italy and Great Britain— and three third places —Australia, Japan and Andorra— out of the thirteen races disputed. In the FIM X-Trial World Championship, the Japanese rider finished fourth, finishing on the podium three times –Switzerland, Spain and France– with a total of 69 points in seven races. This year finished with a fifth place on the final leader-board in the X-Trial competition, where Fujigas – alongside team-mate Toni Bou, debuted the new four-stoke Montesa Cota 4RT in the championship’s final date. Over a total of five races Fujinami grabbed two podiums; two third place finishes in both the Spanish races. Along with his three sixth places, he had chalked up a total of 39 points. The new non-stop rules introduced into the outdoor competition have caused some controversy, but Takahisa Fujinami has adapted well to it, most of all with the victory picked up on home soil in Japan. The Repsol rider made it up onto the podium four times: with the Japanese win; a runner-up place in Great Britain, and bottom step in both the U.S. and Italy. After a total of thirteen race disputed in the Outdoor championship, the rider has accumulated a total of 169 points which brought him a fifth overall position in the FIM World Trial Championships.

The Japanese rider has graced the ‘top five’ for over eighteen years now. The 2021 season will mark Fujinami’s 26th season in elite competition. Since his world championship debut back in 1996, Fujigas has spent no fewer than 22 seasons in the Top Five, claiming the world championship title in 2004, as well as amounting 33 victories and 167 podium finishes.

Career Information

First Trial

1990 - Chiba

World Trial Debut

1996 Spanish GP, Navacerrada

First World Trial Win

1997 German GP, Thalheim

Total World Trial Wins

33

World Titles

1 - 2004

2000

2nd World Trials Championship, 5th World Indoor Championship

2001

2nd World Trials Championship, 6th World Indoor Championship

2002

2nd World Trials Championship, 6th World Indoor Championship

2003

2nd World Trials Championship, 5th World Indoor Championship

2004

World Trials Champion, 2nd World Indoor Championship

2005

2nd World Trials Championship, 5th World Indoor Championship

2006

2nd World Trials Championship, 5th World Indoor Championship

2007

3rd World Trials Championship, 4th World Indoor Championship

2008

3rd World Trials Championship, 4th World Indoor Championship

2009

3rd World Trials Championship, 4th World Indoor Championship

2010

3rd World Trials Championship, 6th World X-Trial Championship

2011

3rd World Trials Championship, 5th World X-Trial Championship

2012

5th World Trials Championship, 4th World X-Trial Championship

2013

5th World Trials Championship, 5th World X-Trial Championship

2014

5th World Trials Championship, 6th World X-Trial Championship

2015

5th World Trials Championship

2016

up than 300 GP races in Trial World Championship

2016

3rd Trial World Championship, 5th X-Trial World Championship

2017

5th X-Trial World Championship, 5th TrialGP World Championship

2018

6th TrialGP World Championship, 8th X-Trial World Championship

2019

2rd TrialGP World Championship, 7th X-Trial World Championship

Rider Statistics

Date of Birth

13th January 1980

Nationality

Japanese

Place of Birth

Mie Prefecture, Japan

Residence

Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, Spain

Weight

68kg

Height

171cm

Hobbies

Music and Tennis