Toni Bou makes Andorra X-Trial debut with a grand victory to celebrate a 13th world title
The X-Trial event in Andorra has brought the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship to a close. Toni Bou, the Repsol Honda Team rider, with the championship already mathematically sealed, was able to savour the thirteenth title in front of the home Andorran spectators.
The Repsol rider, making his debut in an Andorra X-Trial, arrived on the back of four 2019 championship victories with the title already bagged after winning the Marseille trial, a month and a half ago. Bou was able to ride without pressure and command the trial to claim a fifth win of the season. Bou cleaned the first two rounds and later picked up just a single point, compared to the 11 of rival Adam Raga, in the final.
This marks a career 75th podium place for Toni Bou and victory number 62 for the multi-time Spanish champion.
The X-Trial World Championship had returned to Andorra after a sixteen-year absence. Toni Bou hadn’t yet taken part in the championship back then, unlike team-mate Takahisa Fujinami. In the most recent edition of the indoor event in Andorra, disputed in the Palau de Gel de Canillo, the Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider had finished in fifth position.
The trial was the 139th participation for Takahisa Fujinami in an X-Trial World Championship event – an outright record in this competition. The Japanese rider accomplished his mission of qualifying for the second phase and went on to post an upbeat fifth overall position.
Repsol Honda Team will participate next weekend in the second round of the Campeonato de España de Trial (Spanish Trial Championship) which will take place in Sant Julià de Lòria, also in Andorra. Bou is the leader of the national contest after winning the inaugural race.
Toni Bou 1
RACE: 1ST STANDINGS: 1ST
It was a difficult race for me with the pressure of competing at home, but I’m very excited to win. In my first year as a resident in Andorra I lost both outdoor races, so I had this one outstanding. The trial was pretty easy, so we had to concentrate to not make any mistakes. I performed well throughout the event, riding great confidence. I am very happy as I think we managed to find the physical point that I had been lacking. Finishing the championship with five out of six possible victories is spectacular.
Takahisa Fujinami 3
RACE: 5TH STANDINGS: 8TH
After the trial in Barcelona I did not go back to indoor training so I am very happy with my riding. I feel very well physically. This trial has motivated me for the outdoor season which is just about to begin. Many people have asked me if this was my last indoor race. This I will have to decide, and today, with the fifth place I think I can still do well here, right?
We must congratulate Toni Bou for this great victory. We already had the title won so today Toni was able to show off a bit without pressure in front of the home crowd. Finishing the championship by winning is fantastic. From here, in one month we will start the outdoor world championship, so we hope that all goes well too. Today Fujinami rode very well, he is very happy as he got through to the second round for the first time this season, so this gives him a lot of motivation for the outdoor season. Congratulations as always to the whole Repsol Honda team for the work that they have done this X-Trial season.