X-Trial 2017 Round X2 , Trial 1
Victory number 50 for Toni Bou in the FIM X-Trial World Championship
The world champion remains unstoppable. Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou has once again claimed victory in the X-Trial World Championship held earlier in Austria. The triumph tally in the indoor speciality now stands at an impressive fifty.
Wiener Neustadt’s Arena Nova bore witness to a rampant Toni Bou who put on a fine display of the extreme technical qualities necessary to be number one in a discipline such as X-Trial. After commanding the qualifying round and scoring the least penalty marks of the eight participants, Bou went on to dominate the final, marking the difference over adversaries right from the first section.
Bou was well aware that the final would be far more complicated, requiring maximum attention from the very first moment. While his opponents were unable to scale the first hazard, the Montesa Cota 4RT rider seized the chance and made it through with a clean score-sheet. The champion narrowly missed out on the opportunity to really clinch the event in section two with a minor error complicated proceedings. Nevertheless, the Repsol Honda Team sealed his spot on the podium in the penultimate section, where once again he was the sole participant to clear the obstacles point-free. The ten point difference over the rest of the field and the twenty points for finishing in the trial’s top spot once again consolidate Bou’s leadership in the overall standings.
This was Toni Bou’s third win in Wiener Neustadt, the second so far this season and the fiftieth in international world championship events since his win count began back in 2006 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Takahisa Fujinami was unable to achieve his aim of qualifying for the final in the second round of X-Trial, although he came very close to pulling it off, posting sixth overall on the day – a similar result to the first round in Barcelona. The Japanese Repsol Honda Team missed the cut for the final by five points.
The third event of the world championship is set to take place on Saturday March 25 in Marseille, France.
X-Trial Wiener Neustadt 2017