In the third outing of the 2015 X-Trial World Championship calendar, Repsol Honda Team’s Toni Bou takes second position, but still tops the overall rankings.
In spite of showing himself to be in excellent form and turning in a faultless five-section qualifying lap without penalty marks, Toni Bou, nonetheless, ended the X-Trial World Championship event occupying second step of the podium. A minor error on the penultimate hazard in the final round proved enough to deprive the champion of what should have been a victory. Indeed, the five sections were not nearly taxing enough to allow the Montesa Cota 4RT rider the chance to make amends for any marks dropped against Adam Raga, the event’s eventual winner.
Toni Bou will have to content himself with second on the final score-sheet in this, X-Trial World Championship’s first visit to Pau, France. But the eight-time champion will already be sizing up the next prize: the Trial Indoor meeting at Barcelona. The Spanish competition will celebrate its 38th edition by hosting the fourth round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship 2015 season, which is set for Sunday March 8 at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.
Toni Bou will be back in action there on home-soil as current leader in the overall standings with 55 points, with immediate rival Adam Raga trailing at 47 points.
“I saw this morning that it would be a very easy race when we looked at the sections. The slightest mistake would have been impossible to make up, and that’s the way it was. Very few sections and very easy. I tried to make it through section four with a clean sheet, but in the double after the complicated opening, maybe I went at it too quickly. It was very close, but I wasn’t able to make it.
I’d like to congratulate Adam Raga, who did really well and deserved the victory today.
That has been 28 consecutive wins in the Indoor, and that’s not normal, not having made a mistake for such a long time, and always being there… but right now, it’s time to focus on the next race, where the goal is still the same: win, and triumph in the championship. I feel really comfortable with the bike; I’ve got to do the job in Barcelona.”
Results X-Trial Pau
Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap 1 RAGA Adam 3 SPA 2 4 20 Gas Gas 4 2 BOU Toni 1 SPA 0 7 15 Repsol Honda Team 7 3 FAJARDO Jeroni 5 SPA 10 12 12 Beta 12 4 CABESTANY Albert 2 SPA 10 20 9 Sherco 20 5 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 13 6 Sherco 13 6 GUBIAN Loris wild card FRA 14 4 Gas Gas 14 7 DABILL James 4 GBR 21 2 Vertigo 21 8 KARLSSON Eddie 8 SWE 23 1 Montesa 23
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team 1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 55 Repsol Honda Team 2 RAGA Adam 3 SPA 47 Gas Gas 3 CABESTANY Albert 2 SPA 36 Sherco 4 FAJARDO Jeroni 5 SPA 30 Beta 5 FERRER Alexandre 7 FRA 18 Sherco 6 GUBIAN Loris wild card FRA 8 Gas Gas 7 DABILL James 4 GBR 8 Vertigo 8 KARLSSON Eddie 8 SWE 3 Montesa 9 BROWN Michael wild card GBR 2 Gas Gas