TrialGP – Toni Bou – Repsol Honda stormed to an incredible tenth consecutive FIM Trial World Championship with a crushing victory on day one of the final round of the 2016 season staged at Chiampo in North-East Italy today. The title exactly matches the Barcelona star’s ten consecutive FIM X-Trial World Championships to make a grand total of twenty FIM individual World titles.
In a very difficult Trial, staged in temperatures exceeding thirty degrees, Bou dropped just thirteen marks over the twelve section course which was lapped three times. In contrast his only rival for the crown, fellow Catalan Adam Raga – TRS, finished on fifty-six marks while third placed Jeroni Fajardo – Vertigo was another thirty marks in arrears on eighty six.
Bou was the only rider to log single figure lap scores and he did this on all three circuits, his first lap of five including one time penalty followed by laps of two and five in one of the most dominant displays ever witnessed, even by his own incredible standards.
The first two places in the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship are now secured as Raga was already assured of the vice championship, but third place is still up for grabs tomorrow as Albert Cabestany – Sherco, fourth today, now just eleven points behind injured Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Honda who could only finish sixth on the day. Should Cabestany falter, Fajardo is now just ten points shy of the Sherco rider and could still take fourth in the championship tomorrow.
Trial2 – With Britain’s Jack Price – Gas Gas having already taken the title, there was an incredible three way tie with Britain’s Dan Peace –Gas Gas, Spain’s Arnau Farre – Gas Gas and French rider Gael Chatagno – Sherco all finishing the day on thirty five marks lost, the most cleans tie-break seeing them finish in that order. Iwan Roberts – Beta, currently second in the series, finished fourth, with Luca Petrella – TRS the first Italian rider in sixth place.
With two drop-scores to take into account after tomorrow’s final day of competition the final Trial2 podium places are still very much to ride for between Roberts, Farre, Peace and Chatagno.
Trial125 – With Trial125 series winner Jack Peace – Gas Gas having moved up to Trial2, scoring a single championship point in fifteenth place, there was always going to be a new winner and there was an Italian one-two finish as Lorenzo Gandola – Scorpa took a clear victory from Mirko Spreafico – Gas Gas with Spaniard Eric Miquel –Sherco third.
The final round of the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship takes place at the same venue tomorrow.
Finally in the Trial125 class the host nation’s hopes rest with Paul Mehu – Beta and Kieron Touly – Sherco as the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship returns to France yet again this weekend to continue its long history with the series.
Italian GP – Key Facts
- Bou destroys his rivals to take tenth outdoor title
- Bou wins by forty-three marks
- Raga second again to confirm vice champion placing
- Trial 2 – Dan Peace takes victory after three-way tie
- Trial 125 – Italian top two at home GP
- 2016 season comes to close tomorrow
Photo – FIM/G2F Media