Bou Conquers Barcelona

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X-Trial 2016    Round X2 ,

Toni Bou conquers Barcelona and gains the X-Trial World leadership

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Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou got back on the winning trail in a thrilling Barcelona X-Trial, notching up a tenth triumph in the Catalonian capital. Fujinami missed out on the final by a single mark and Busto finished the day in eighth spot.

The final podium photo shot in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi was a repeat of those of the previous ten years of Trial Indoor, with Toni Bou occupying the upper step. Astride the Montesa Cota 4RT, the champion continued to assert his command at Trial World Championship’s top venue. In doing so, the Spaniard storms back to the top of the X-Trial overall leader-table.

Toni Bou set out his stall early, cruising round the course and into the final to become the only rider to finish mark-free. The final itself once again produced a vibrant duel with an in-form Adam Raga, with Bou managing to distance himself from the competition in a highly demanding Barcelona event. Such was the difficulty of some of the sections that the Repsol rider was even forced to overcome a three metre fall in section five – an obstacle that proved insurmountable for the entire field.

Repsol Honda team-mates Jaime Busto and Takahisa Fujinami failed to make it through to the final. Although the young Basque rider had improved on last year’s outing, his 22 marks left him out of the decisive phase, finishing the event in eighth position. Similar fortune befell Takahisa Fujinami, who narrowly missed the final with just a one mark difference over Jeroni Fajardo. The Japanese rider settled for fifth place overall but comes away from the event in more buoyant spirits than after the world championship’s opening GP.

 

Toni Bou

TRIAL: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

Clearly I’m very happy: winning in Barcelona is always very important. Besides, after the second place in Sheffield and such a short championship, it’s difficult to come here and not be nervous. On the first lap I felt more comfortable than on the second one where I started really well and was able to mark the difference in section three by taking some risks. But later in section five I had a problem but I was able to overcome it. It was a laboured victory with a lot of nerves, but I’m very satisfied with the result as far as the world championship goes.

Toni Bou

Takahisa Fujinami

TRIAL: 5TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 5TH

I wasn’t able to qualify for the final by a mark. It was a pity but we are working very closely with Honda and I believe that we are well on the right track and we will be even closer for the next indoor trial. We started the year a long way off, but this time it was just one mark that kept me out of the final, so in the next GP I hope to be there in the final.

Takahisa Fujinami

Jaime Busto

TRIAL: 8TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 9TH

I started the trial very well today, but I felt very nervous and I made a few more mistakes than normal. I think that I would have done much better if it hadn’t been for those failures which occurred in easy sections where I shouldn’t have picked up five marks. But we will keep working hard towards the next date.

Jaime Busto

Results X-Trial Barcelona 2016

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni SPA 0 10 20 Repsol Honda Team 10
2 RAGA Adam SPA 7 14 15 TRS Team Raga 14
3 CABESTANY Albert SPA 8 19 12 Sherco Factory Team 19
4 FAJARDO Jeroni SPA 12 27 9 Vertigo Factory Team 27
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa JPN 13 6 Repsol Honda Team 13
6 FERRER Alexandre FRA 16 4 Sherco Factory Team 16
7 KARLSSON Eddie SWE 20 2 Montesa Team Karlsson 20
8 BUSTO Jaime SPA 22 1 Repsol Honda Team 22

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni SPA 35 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam SPA 35 TRS Team Raga
3 CABESTANY Albert SPA 24 Sherco Factory Team
4 FAJARDO Jeroni SPA 18 Vertigo Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa JPN 12 Repsol Honda Team
6 FERRER Alexandre FRA 8 Sherco Factory Team
7 KARLSSON Eddie SWE 3 Montesa Team Karlsson
8 DABILL James GBR 2 Vertigo Factory Team
9 BUSTO Jaime SPA 1 Repsol Honda Team
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