WCT Team Japan Trial des Nations 2019

  • Fujinami, Kuroyama and Ogawa To Represent Team Japan at Trial des Nations

    Ibiza will play host to the 34th edition of the Trial des Nations from September 27-29, which will feature a squad sent by the Motorcycle Federation of Japan (MFJ).


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Fujinami, Kuroyama and Ogawa To Represent Team Japan at Trial des Nations

September 29, 2019 — Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, the magical island, or sometimes known as the "white island," will this weekend play host to the 34th edition of the Trial des Nations from September 27-29, which will feature a squad sent by the Motorcycle Federation of Japan (MFJ). A total of 19 countries are set to participate in this special competition, where riders get to compete as teams, rather than individually.

Team Japan's first participation in the Trial des Nations was back in 1987 in Tampere, Finland, where Masaya Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Nakagawa and Atsushi Itoh finished in eighth overall position.

After competing in the Trial des Nations on some twenty editions, Team Japan has managed to make it onto the podium on twelve occasions, four of them as world runners-up, but each time with a common trait, as they have achieved the feat with the same three riders. Once again, the trio of Takahisa Fujinami, Tomoyuki Ogawa and Kenichi Kuroyama will sport the country's colors as they battle for a place of honor.

Takahisa Fujinami has previously participated 14 times in the TDN, Kenichi Kuroyama, 12 times, and Tomoyuki Ogawa on 11 occasions.

This is the fifth time that Spain has organized a Trial des Nations and it is the fourth time that TDN participants have met on an island for the competition, after Ireland and the two occasions that the trial has been held on the Isle of Man (Great Britain). The route of the Trial des Nations will be an entirely urban one, including fifteen sections in the city of Ibiza itself. The qualifying section will be on Saturday, with the main trial getting underway on Sunday at 09:00 hrs. 

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Takahisa Fujinami :

”I think that my team-mates Kenichi Kuroyama and Tomoyuki Ogawa will have gotten a bit scared after seeing the result that we picked up this year in the individual competition, and they will be under pressure to perform well at the Trial des Nations. It’s a competition to enjoy, and although it will be a bit difficult for us, we will try to have fun fighting for a good final place.”

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