Toni Bou, the Repsol Honda Team rider came away with a runner-up spot as the FIM X-Trial World Championship 2016 gets underway in Sheffield, UK. Takahisa Fujinami posted fifth place.
In contrast to the opening days of recent indoor seasons, Toni Bou was, for once, unable clinch the top-spot as the X-Trial season kicked off in Sheffield.
Bou, soon realized in the first phase of the race, that the sections left little room for error. The Spaniard picked up the maximum fault in one of them, which meant getting through the elimination round in third place. Takahisa Fujinami failed to make it through to the final in spite of a decent scoresheet, as he scored a fifth place out of the eight total participants.
In the final, Bou, astride the Montesa Cota 4RT paid an excessively heavy price for a mistake that left him with few options of recuperating in the successive sections. In spite of this the champion was able to take second place behind the race’s winner Adam Raga.
Next date on the calendar will be the 7th February in Spain as X-Trial heads to Barcelona.
X-Trial Sheffield 2016