The second round of the X-Trial World Championship held at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier was a productive one for Repsol Honda Team. Toni Bou made off with an important victory that consolidates his position at the head of the championship table. Fujinami came close to qualifying for the semi-final.
In Montpellier, France champion Toni Bou added a new victory to his lengthy honours list, in the second round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship. Playing to a packed house, the Repsol Honda Team rider ignored some physical ailments, principally affecting his arms, to prevail in the final which involved a face-to-face with Adam Raga.
Bou was the strongest in the first qualifying round, where Toni’s Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Takahisa Fujinami – the organisation’s wildcard invite – failed to make the cut by a single penalty point. In the second round, in spite of a few mistakes, Bou was able to outride his group’s adversaries, finishing with a two and four point advantage. The final meant a showdown with archrival Adam Raga, who the champion was able to defeat with a five-point advantage. Bou now comfortably leads the championship table with 40 points, thirteen more than second-placed Adam Raga.
The next date on the calendar for the FIM X-Trial World Championship will be the third round held next Friday, January 19th in Toulouse, France.
RACE: 1ST STANDINGS: 1ST
Today I had to suffer a lot in this race. I haven’t been physically at my best, my arms hurt a lot and I had a pretty tough time. Already in the section one I was starting to show signs of fatigue. I was able to get through each phase, but in the semi-final I got through by the skin of my teeth. In the end, it was a comforting victory after so much suffering, which is great because it gives us a good advantage in the championship. This week I will have to try to recover because immediately after we have another trial.
RACE: 8TH STANDINGS: 11TH
Today I tried to do the best I could. I think it didn’t go that badly, and that I could have even qualified for the semi-final, but I had not competed in indoor for a long time and I made some mistakes that I should have. I hope to be able to do better in the next round.