The X-Trial event in Andorra has brought the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship to a close. Toni Bou, the Repsol Honda Team rider, with the championship already mathematically sealed, was able to savour the thirteenth title in front of the home Andorran spectators.

The Repsol rider, making his debut in an Andorra X-Trial, arrived on the back of four 2019 championship victories with the title already bagged after winning the Marseille trial, a month and a half ago. Bou was able to ride without pressure and command the trial to claim a fifth win of the season. Bou cleaned the first two rounds and later picked up just a single point, compared to the 11 of rival Adam Raga, in the final.

This marks a career 75th podium place for Toni Bou and victory number 62 for the multi-time Spanish champion.

The X-Trial World Championship had returned to Andorra after a sixteen-year absence. Toni Bou hadn’t yet taken part in the championship back then, unlike team-mate Takahisa Fujinami. In the most recent edition of the indoor event in Andorra, disputed in the Palau de Gel de Canillo, the Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider had finished in fifth position.

The trial was the 139th participation for Takahisa Fujinami in an X-Trial World Championship event – an outright record in this competition. The Japanese rider accomplished his mission of qualifying for the second phase and went on to post an upbeat fifth overall position.

Repsol Honda Team will participate next weekend in the second round of the Campeonato de España de Trial (Spanish Trial Championship) which will take place in Sant Julià de Lòria, also in Andorra. Bou is the leader of the national contest after winning the inaugural race.

Toni Bou

RACE: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST

It was a difficult race for me with the pressure of competing at home, but I’m very excited to win. In my first year as a resident in Andorra I lost both outdoor races, so I had this one outstanding. The trial was pretty easy, so we had to concentrate to not make any mistakes. I performed well throughout the event, riding great confidence. I am very happy as I think we managed to find the physical point that I had been lacking. Finishing the championship with five out of six possible victories is spectacular.

Takahisa Fujinami

RACE: 5TH  STANDINGS: 8TH

After the trial in Barcelona I did not go back to indoor training so I am very happy with my riding. I feel very well physically. This trial has motivated me for the outdoor season which is just about to begin. Many people have asked me if this was my last indoor race. This I will have to decide, and today, with the fifth place I think I can still do well here, right?

 

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We must congratulate Toni Bou for this great victory. We already had the title won so today Toni was able to show off a bit without pressure in front of the home crowd. Finishing the championship by winning is fantastic. From here, in one month we will start the outdoor world championship, so we hope that all goes well too. Today Fujinami rode very well, he is very happy as he got through to the second round for the first time this season, so this gives him a lot of motivation for the outdoor season. Congratulations as always to the whole Repsol Honda team for the work that they have done this X-Trial season.

Rider Standings – Overall

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 115 Repsol Honda Team
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 89 TRRS Factory Team
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 58 Gas Gas Factory Team
4 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 51 Gas Gas Factory Team
5 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 43 Beta Factory Racing
6 GELABERT Miquel 34 SPA 24 Sherco Factory Team
7 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 15 Vertigo Factory Team
8 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 11 Repsol Honda Team
9 PETRELLA Luca 98 ITA 8 Beta Factory Racing
10 MARCELLI Gabriel 38 SPA 6 RG Team
11 FERRER Alexandre 29 FRA 3 Sherco Factory Team
12 DABILL James 22 GBR 3 Beta Factory Racing
13 GELABERT Aniol 18 SPA 2 Scorpa Factory
14 HAGA  Sondre 99 NOR 2 TRRS Factory Team
15 COLAIRO  Téo 13 FRA 1 Gas Gas
16 PEACE Dan 17 GBR 1 Sherco Factory Team

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Repsol Honda Team riders Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami will participate, this Saturday, in the closing event of the 2019 X-Trial season to be held in the Polisportiu d’Andorra in the Pyrenean capital.

Toni Bou will wrap up the X-Trial season on home soil this coming Saturday, April 27, as the 2019 FIM X-Trial World Championship campaign celebrates its final competition – the Andorra X-Trial. The Polisportiu d’Andorra will receive Bou as world champion, having sealed the title in the previous event in Marseille.

Alongside the Repsol Honda Team rider, who triumphed in four of the five trials disputed, will be Japanese team-mate Takahisa Fujinami, who will take part for the third time this season as a wild-card rider in one of the world championship events.

The Andorra X-Trial will kick off at 18:00 this Saturday, with the dispute of the first round. The start of the second round is expected to take place at around 19:45, followed straight after by the final, to be contested by the two top remaining riders.

 

Toni Bou

CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPION  POINTS: 95

I am very motivated to compete in this final race of the X-Trial World Championship, which will be held in Andorra. I hope to give a good show to the fans that come and, especially, to all my friends who will be here supporting me. The fact of having won the title in the previous race makes it easier for me to compete here without the pressure or the obligation not to mess up; I hope the spectators have a good time.

Takahisa Fujinami

CHAMPIONSHIP: 9TH  POINTS: 5

Andorra is the last event of the X-Trial World Championship and it is also my last chance to try to qualify for the second round of a trial. In the two events that I have participated this year I haven’t achieved it; in Barcelona I came close, but without managing to do it. On the other hand, the championship is already decided and there is no position to play for, so in this last event I can just ride without pressure and go out to have fun and give the spectators a good time.

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Honda UK is delighted to announce a partnership with Steve Colley, which will see the former trials champion ride the Montesa Cota 300RR in his ‘Showtime’ displays.

Colley’s aptly named ‘Showtime’ exhibition sees him tackle a testing obstacle course reminiscent of a trials stage. Calling on all the skills which saw him amass thirty-plus trials titles over the course of his career, including a hat-trick of British Solo Trials Championships, Colley jumps, drops, and tricks his way around the arena in true freestyle fashion.

Going forward, Colley will perform aboard the flagship Montesa model. Pure-bred for competition, the Cota 300RR boasts a lightweight aluminium frame, which cradles a 288cc, single-cylinder, four-valve engine that has been carefully tuned to offer a tractable yet responsive torque delivery, which is necessary for trials riding.

Marking the announcement, Honda UK Off-Road Sales Manager Graham Foster-Vigors said: “Steve is a fantastic guy and a decorated champion, he’s the perfect brand ambassador, so we couldn’t be happier to see him riding a Honda during his Showtime exhibitions.”

Steve Colley also spoke on the announcement: “I’m delighted to be working with Honda and I’ve had a great time familiarising myself with the Cota 300RR, it really looks the part and I’m in no doubt it’s the perfect motorcycle for the job.”

For more information on Steve Colley’s ‘Showtime’ exhibitions, follow this link:
www.stevecolley.co.uk

Click here to see the Honda Montesa Cota 300RR:
www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/off-road/montesa-cota-300rr/specifications.html

Words and Photos: HondaMoto

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou will be one of the two riders taking part for the Spanish team in the X-Trial des Nations. This will be Bou’s eighth participation in the competition, having scooped a clean sweep of victories in every edition he has entered.

Bou, the Repsol Honda Team rider has been chosen by the Real Federación Española de Motociclismo as one of the duo of riders to represent Spain in the X-Trial des Nations which gets underway this weekend in the French town of Vendée.

Bou will line up in the Federación Española squad alongside Jaime Busto. In addition to Spain, four other countries will compete in the team competition: France, Great Britain, Italy and Norway.

Toni Bou has seven X-Trial des Nations titles already under belt; on one previous occasion in Pau in 2017, there was a full podium of Repsol Honda Team riders, which also featured former team-mate Jaime Busto. Bou won in 2006, 2007, 2008 with three-member teams as well as in the revamped championship in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018, which had the chosen national teams represented by just two riders apiece.

Toni Bou 

The X-Trial des Nations is a different race and I like to compete in it because it is a very tactical competition. It forces you to have to empathize very well with your partner and, in this case, I think it can work as we know each so well. However, the sections tend to be easy and it will be difficult to mark any differences.

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou has just been proclaimed 2019 FIM X-Trial World Champion in the season’s penultimate trial held this evening in Marseille, France. The success brings Bou’s 13th X-Trial title and takes his world championship tally to 25.

Toni Bou’s thirteenth world X-Trial title, sees the rider grab a twenty-fifth outright title triumph, including the twelve outdoor titles achieved in TrialGP. The feat amounts to thirteen consecutive seasons of victories since winning the first crown back in 2007 – all of them aboard the Montesa Cota 4RT. The Repsol Honda Team rider sealed the championship title at the first available opportunity with one event still to run before the end of the season. 

After starting the campaign with victory in the first event of the calendar in Budapest, Bou went on to take victory in Bilbao and Granada, as well as a runner-up podium spot in Barcelona.

In the X-Trial in Marseille, the Repsol Honda Team ace was able to mathematically guarantee the championship after winning the trial with an outstanding performance at the Palais des Sports to take the title, with one championship event left to dispute in Andorra la Vella on 27th April.

Toni Bou  1

RACE: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST 

I’m super happy with the new title. Today was a very hard trial with a very high level, which is what I like. I had a hard time getting into the event; I did not feel comfortable, maybe because of my nerves. Both in the first round and in the semi-finals it was pretty tough for me. Finally we managed to make it through to the final, more by strategy rather than riding skills. The best way to get a title is with a victory, so I’m very happy about that. Thanks to the whole team and my family for the support. Thank you all very much.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Congratulations Toni, another title is a complete outrage. We knew that this event wouldn’t be particularly easy, but in the end Toni was able to command it and take the victory as he is used to doing. Congratulations also to the whole team for all the work that they have done this X-Trial season. This year has been riddled with injuries, so congratulations to the doctors and all the staff of the team for always giving 100%. We will try to continue adding more championships. Thanks to everyone who supports us.

Results X-Trial Marseille 2019 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1BOU Toni1SPA20Repsol Honda TeamMontesa14
2FAJARDO Jeroni4SPA15Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas30
3RAGA Adam67SPA12TRRS Factory TeamTRRS4
4GELABERT Miquel34SPA9Sherco Factory TeamSherco11
5BINCAZ Benoit16FRA6Beta Factory RacingBeta21
6BUSTO Jaime69SPA4Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas23
7FERRER Alexandre29FRA3Sherco Factory TeamSherco22
8PETRELLA Luca98ITA2Beta Factory RacingBeta25
9COLAIRO  Téo 13FRA1Gas GasGas Gas25

Rider Standings 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1BOU Toni1SPA95Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
2RAGA Adam67SPA74TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
3BUSTO Jaime69SPA49Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
4FAJARDO Jeroni4SPA46Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
5BINCAZ Benoit16FRA39Beta Factory RacingBeta
6GELABERT Miquel34SPA23Sherco Factory TeamSherco
7MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA6RG TeamMontesa
8CASALES Jorge33SPA6Vertigo Factory TeamVertigo
9FUJINAMI Takahisa3JPN5Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
10PETRELLA Luca98ITA5Beta Factory RacingBeta
11FERRER Alexandre29FRA3Sherco Factory TeamSherco
12DABILL James22GBR3Beta Factory RacingBeta
13GELABERT Aniol18SPA2Scorpa FactoryScorpa
14HAGA  Sondre 99NOR2TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
15COLAIRO  Téo 13FRA1Gas GasGas Gas
16PEACE Dan17GBR1Sherco Factory TeamSherco