Defending champion Toni Bou – Repsol Honda starts the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship this coming Sunday in Barcelona, Spain as an overwhelming favourite to win his eleventh successive title.
Bou has won in Barcelona on ten occasions and has been unbeaten in the Palau Sant Jordi for the last eight years. However, having lost the opening round of the 2016 Championship in Sheffield, England to his fierce rival Adam Raga – TRS he knows he cannot afford to be complacent.
“We will try, as always, to win the series,” said Bou. “It’s always my goal. It is clear that a four-event championship does not allow for mistakes and riders always must give their best.”
FIM X-Trial – Key Facts
- Finland’s Tommi Ahvala was the first FIM Indoor Trial World Champion in 1993
- Round one of the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship marks the 40th anniversary of the first Barcelona Indoor Trial
- Since Toni Bou began his incredible run of titles in 2007 – he has won 46 out of the 56 World Championship rounds held
- Bou went four years without defeat, achieving perfect seasons in 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014
- Spanish riders have won the FIM X-Trial World Championship every year since 2001 when Britain’s Dougie Lampkin claimed the last of his five titles
- If Adam Raga can win in 2017 he will equal Lampkin’s total of five indoor titles
Photo – FIM/Good-Shoot