BOU MAKES IT 50 IN AUSTRIA
Once again it was a very impressive night in the Arena Nova Stadium at Wiener Neustadt, situated to the South of Vienna, as the undisputed king of indoor trials Toni Bou scored his 50th win on the Repsol Honda. Try as he might, Adam Raga on the TRS had no answer to the supreme display from his fellow countryman as Albert Cabestany made it an all-Spanish podium.
Article and Pictures: John Hulme
The fight for the victory at round two of the four-round 2017 X-Trial World Championship once again proceeded through the qualifying process, to put the four main players in this year’s series to battle it out for victory over the six man-made hazards and the dual lane race. In the eight rider qualifying it looked like Great Britain’s James Dabill would make the breakthrough into the final, but it was not to be as Albert Cabestany used all his experience to just edge out the Gas Gas rider.
Once the final was under way it soon became obvious – as he took the only clean ride on section one – that Toni Bou would be on his way to another victory, as Jeroni Fajardo failed in every attempt at the six sections and the severe nature of the hazards proved too much for the best of the rest behind the world’s number one rider.
As expected it was once again down to Adam Raga (TRRS-ESP) to follow Bou home and maintain his second position in the championship.
Results: Wiener Neustadt (Austria) – 11.03.2017
1: Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP) 16; 2: Adam Raga (TRS-ESP) 26; 3: Albert Cabestany (Sherco-ESP) 27; 4: Jeroni Fajardo (Vertigo-ESP) 30.
1: Toni Bou (Repsol-Honda-ESP) 5; 2: Adam Raga (TRS-ESP) 7; 3: Jeroni Fajardo (Vertigo-ESP) 12; 4: Albert Cabestany (Sherco-ESP) 13; 5: James Dabill (Gas Gas-GBR) 16; 6: Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol-Honda-JPN) 18; 7: Franz Kadlec (Gas Gas-GER) 24; 8: Loris Gubian (Beta-FRA) 25.
2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship Positions – Round 2 of 4
1: Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP) 40; 2: Adam Raga (TRS-ESP) 30; 3: Jeroni Fajardo (Vertigo-ESP) 21; 4: Albert Cabestany (Sherco-ESP) 21; 5: James Dabill (Gas Gas-GBR) 8; 6: Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Honda-JPN) 8; 7: Jamie Busto (Repsol Honda-ESP) 6; 8: Franz Kadlec (Gas Gas-GER) 3; 9: Loris Gubian (Beta-FRA) 1.
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