Toni Bou achieves legendary status

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Toni Bou achieves legendary status with a ninth Trial World Championship title

Toni Bou didn’t mess up. In the first ‘match-point’, the Spaniard put on a show of mental resolve and riding prowess that saw him clinch a thirteenth win of the season and secure an unprecedented ninth world championship title.

Repsol Honda Team is already celebrating Toni Bou’s triumph in Paços de Ferreira in spite of still having one GP to go before the season winds up next weekend. It was made all the more special thanks to a hard-fought battle throughout the season with Bou’s arch-adversary, who constantly hounded at the champion’s heels and forced him to ride at an even higher level. Portugal was witness to a two-day display of extraordinary riding in which Bou kept the marks low, minimized errors, stayed in control and finished on top of the rostrum. After scoring six penalty points on the first lap, the crowd were treated to a flawless, mark-free exhibition.

Toni Bou’s success almost eclipsed the great performance of fellow Repsol Honda Team buddy Jaime Busto, who for a second day running, looked like grabbing a podium place, narrowly missing the target by just one mark. The Basque youngster rode a very fluid trial and after the first two laps was battling for a place on the podium, a place that will surely arrive given the rookie’s class and ambition.

Takahisa Fujinami once again spent the trial battling as much with lower-back pains as he did with the sections. This handicap stopped the Japanese rider from achieving his aims, finishing ninth on the day but holding fifth position in the overall standings.

Repsol Honda Team’s next outing comes in just a week’s time with the Spanish Trial GP, the last of the world championship calendar in 2015, set to take place in Teo (La Coruña).

Toni Bou  1

RACE: 1ST  CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST (CHAMPION)

Nine titles! I’m really pleased. Today it seemed that the trial would have been more complicated but in the end it was quite an easy one. These victories in easier trials are really important for boosting morale and as I said before, the high level of the rivals forced me to raise my game. I want to thank my folk, my parents, my girlfriend and all the team members who have worked so hard to help achieve this title. Thanks a lot to all.

Toni Bou

Jaime Busto  15

RACE: 4TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 6TH

It was a really tight one, but I picked up a fault in section two and I just missed out on the podium. It was a pity because I felt great today and I would have loved to have accompanied Toni onto the podium. I’ve had really good feelings all weekend on the Montesa Cota 4RT and I think that it has shown in my riding and in the results. There’s still one event left this year to try and make it onto the podium.

Jaime Busto

Takahisa Fujinami  5

RACE: 9TH  CHAMPIONSHIP: 5TH

Today I tried to make up for the result yesterday but I continued to have a lot of back trouble. It was a bit frustrating because I couldn’t manage to improve on yesterday’s points in most of the sections. I only hope that I am able to recover this week to be able to finish the year off well and get this bad result behind me.

Takahisa Fujinami

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

First off, I would like to congratulate Toni Bou for his ninth world title in Outdoor. What he is achieving here is something that, in the world of trial, is going to be really difficult to outdo. The team result today wasn’t a bad one. Jaime almost got onto the podium. That will be an objective for next weekend. Fujinami did all that he could, considering his physical condition. Once again, I want to repeat, behind every great rider there is a great team. I want to congratulate everyone for their professional work. People might think that this is easy, but I can assure them that it is not. We have been winning titles for many years, but there were also many years when we didn’t win them. Repsol Honda Team has been doing really well for some years now and that’s been the result of teamwork and the factory. I would like to congratulate the people from HRC too, who are with us, form part of the team and are constantly working to improve on the bikes. These results come thanks to them too. Congratulations to all those who collaborate with the team including the doctors, physios and we thank them for their work with the riders. Many thanks to all and congratulations.

Miquel Cirera

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 6 0 0 20 Repsol Honda Team 6
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 10 2 0 17 Gas Gas 12
3 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 14 3 7 15 Sherco Factory Team 24
4 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 12 5 8 13 Repsol Honda Team 25
5 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 15 11 1 11 Beta Factory Racing 27
6 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 23 19 2 10 Beta Factory Racing 44
7 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 24 23 13 9 Sherco Factory Team 60
8 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 30 24 27 8 Montesa Team Karlsson 81
9 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 36 31 22 7 Repsol Honda Team 89
10 DABILL James 6 GBR 22 30 43 6 Vertigo 95
11 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 35 32 34 5 Beta Factory Racing 101
12 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 26 33 37 4 Sherco Factory Team 101
13 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 41 37 33 3 Jgas 111
14 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 39 0 Vertigo

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 311 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 2 SPA 271 Gas Gas
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 220 Beta Factory Racing
4 CABESTANY Albert 3 SPA 205 Sherco Factory Team
5 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 181 Repsol Honda Team
6 BUSTO Jaime 15 SPA 164 Repsol Honda Team
7 FERRER Alexandre 8 FRA 124 Sherco Factory Team
8 DABILL James 6 GBR 120 Vertigo
9 CASALES Jorge 7 SPA 88 Beta Factory Racing
10 KARLSSON Eddie 14 SWE 83 Montesa Team Karlsson
11 KADLEC Franz 16 GER 82 Beta Factory Racing
12 SHEPPARD Jack 13 GBR 50 Jgas
13 TARRES Pol 9 SPA 40 Sherco Factory Team
14 MORET Francesc 18 SPA 25 Vertigo
15 PEDERSEN Hakon 12 NOR 24 Ossa Pedersen
16 OGAWA Tomoyuki 18 JPN 16 Honda Team Mitani
17 KUROYAMA Kenichi 20 JPN 14 Yamaha
18 SORENSEN Ole Kristian 19 NOR 14 Sherco
19 NOZAKI Fumitaka 19 JPN 8 Yamaha
20 OGAWA Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 7 Beta
21 BROWN Michael 11 GBR 5 Gas Gas
22 NOMOTO Yoshiaki 22 JPN 2 Beta
23 SATO Yuki 25 JPN 1 Honda


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