Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou was again victorious in the latest X-Trial in Granada as the world championship reaches its fourth round. The champion takes his tally of top flight victories to sixty in the indoor competition. This third victory of the season sees Bou distance himself further at the head of the overall championship leader board. 

It has been over ten years since that the Municipal Sports Palace of Granada hosted an FIM X-Trial World Championship event. On the previous two occasions it was also Toni Bou who took top honours in the competition. The Repsol Honda Team rider arrived in Granada as overall leader, after having retaken the overall top spot seven days ago in Bilbao.

Bou, aboard the Montesa Cota 4RT, made short work of the first phase to comfortably qualify for the second round, after taking the best score on the first run through sections, collecting just two penalty marks. The second phase turned out to be a tighter, more closely fought group as Bou faced Adam Raga and Miquel Gelabert. However, the current champ prevailed, guaranteeing a place on the podium before competing in the Super-final.

Toni Bou performed brilliantly in a thrilling Super-final, riding to a third victory of the season. The result means that the Repsol Honda Team ace retains the world championship leadership with a 13-point advantage over the nearest second place rival.

The fifth and penultimate event of the X-Trial World Championship will top-flight next Saturday, March 9th at the Palais des Sports in Marseille. Prior to this, however, Toni Bou will take part in the opening of the Spanish Trial Championship which will be held on Sunday March 3rd in the town of Arnedillo, La Rioja.

Toni Bou  1

RACE: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST

I’m super happy. Today was a very hard-fought victory. It was very important to go all out and finally I was able to get the victory after a very difficult semi-final where there was no margin for mistakes. Technically I was very good and I performed well in the final. I will go back home having recovered the good feelings and I want to continue fighting for this championship. We will try to give everything in the two events that we have left.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Today Toni Bou was spectacular; he rode fantastically. 60 victories are a lot and therefore it is time to congratulate him, once again. Tonight, Toni made a huge difference but we have to keep fighting trial by trial as the scores of this championship are complicated. Congratulations to the whole team and again to Toni since these have been some tough days for him with the injuries, and hopefully soon he will be back at 100% physically.

Results X-Trial Granada 2019 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1BOU Toni1SPA20Repsol Honda TeamMontesa7
2BUSTO Jaime69SPA15Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas23
3RAGA Adam67SPA12TRRS Factory TeamTRRS2
4BINCAZ Benoit16FRA9Beta Factory RacingBeta6
5FAJARDO Jeroni4SPA6Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas13
6GELABERT Miquel11SPA4Sherco Factory TeamSherco19
7MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA3RG TeamMontesa14
8GELABERT Aniol18SPA2Scorpa FactoryScorpa18
9HAGA  Sondre 99NOR1TRRS Factory TeamTRRS21

Rider Standings 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1BOU Toni1SPA75Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
2RAGA Adam67SPA62TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
3BUSTO Jaime69SPA45Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
4BINCAZ Benoit16FRA33Beta Factory RacingBeta
5FAJARDO Jeroni4SPA31Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
6GELABERT Miquel11SPA14Sherco Factory TeamSherco
7CASALES Jorge33SPA6Vertigo Factory TeamVertigo
8MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA6RG TeamMontesa
9FUJINAMI Takahisa3JPN5Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
10DABILL James22GBR3Beta Factory RacingBeta
11PETRELLA Luca98ITA3Beta Factory RacingBeta
12GELABERT Aniol18SPA2Scorpa FactoryScorpa
13HAGA  Sondre 99NOR2TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
14PEACE Dan17GBR1Sherco Factory TeamSherco

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou rode to victory in the third round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship held tonight in Bilbao. The second win of the season sees the champion bounce back to the head of the overall standings. 

As Bilbao debuted as a host in the FIM X-Trial World Championship, spectators at the Bizkaia Arena-BEC were able to witness a somewhat hesitant start from Toni Bou who nevertheless made the cut for the second phase.

The second round saw the Repsol Honda Team rider finish on equal points with Adam Raga whom he went on to beat in a thrilling final. The final proved to be a hotly disputed one with Bou emerging victorious for the second time this season. 

The win means that Toni Bou, once again, retakes the top spot in the overall rankings with a five-point advantage over Adam Raga.

The fourth trial of the X-Trial World Championship is scheduled for this coming Saturday, February 23rd at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Granada, Spain.

Toni Bou

RACE: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST 

I am very happy to win here in Bilbao after the second position in Barcelona and to regain the lead. We knew that this year would be very complicated as it is very easy to not get through to the next round with this system and the high level of the riders. We know that we could miss out on any event, so to get a win is very satisfying. This championship is very short and we know that we are not at 100% physically. I lack continuity but luckily I have the aggressiveness, so we will work hard to get to Granada in the best possible conditions.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

It was not an easy trial. Adam Raga is not making things easy for Toni and is taking advantage of the fact that our rider is not at 100%. Even so we were able to obtain a crucial victory. Today we had a minor problem due to the indisposition of Toni Bou’s usual minder Marc Freixa. In the end we were able to sort it out with the inclusion of Oriol Terricabras as his minder whom we wish to congratulate for his good work.

Results X-Trial Bilbao 2019 

Pos.RiderNumNationL1L2L3T3PointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1BOU Toni1SPA20Repsol Honda TeamMontesa7
2RAGA Adam67SPA15TRRS Factory TeamTRRS9
3BINCAZ Benoit16FRA12Beta Factory RacingBeta5
4BUSTO Jaime69SPA9Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas11
5GELABERT Miquel11SPA6Sherco Factory TeamSherco16
6FAJARDO Jeroni4SPA4Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas18
7MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA3RG TeamMontesa12
8PETRELLA Luca98ITA2Beta Factory RacingBeta15
9HAGA  Sondre 99NOR1TRRS Factory TeamTRRS21

Rider Standings 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1BOU Toni1SPA55Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
2RAGA Adam67SPA50TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
3BUSTO Jaime69SPA30Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
4FAJARDO Jeroni4SPA25Gas Gas Factory TeamGas Gas
5BINCAZ Benoit16FRA24Beta Factory RacingBeta
6GELABERT Miquel11SPA10Sherco Factory TeamSherco
7CASALES Jorge33SPA6Vertigo Factory TeamVertigo
8FUJINAMI Takahisa3JPN5Repsol Honda TeamMontesa
9MARCELLI Gabriel38SPA3RG TeamMontesa
10DABILL James22GBR3Beta Factory RacingBeta
11PETRELLA Luca98ITA3Beta Factory RacingBeta
12HAGA  Sondre 99NOR1TRRS Factory TeamTRRS
13PEACE Dan17GBR1Sherco Factory TeamSherco

The World X-Trials Championship has gotten underway for 2019 already, and yes, you guessed it, Toni Bou has already notched up his first win of the season. The 2018 Champion showed his abilities in a triumphant return to Laszlo Papp Arena in Budapest.

Despite not being fully recovered from his rib injury, Bou managed to hold off the competition through the first round, collecting only a single penalty mark for his efforts, with second place netting six penalty marks. He then sailed through the semi-final round with only two marks, again beating out his rivals strongly. However, in the final showdown, Bou faced up against arch-rival Adam Raga, and the course pitted the two against each other on the same sections of track, but in reverse direction. Toni Bou lost a little ground to Raga initially, but the Spaniard was able to reassert his top position with some deft handling, reclaiming first place. Despite picking up an uncharacteristic five penalty marks in the penultimate hazard, Bou held on to the lead, taking the season opener win.

Repsol Honda Team teammate Takahisa Fujinami was, unfortunately, unable to produce similar results, struggling to make it past the second phase of competition.

The Repsol Honda Team will next compete at the second championship date at Palau Sant Jordi de Barcelona on February 3rd.

 

Toni Bou  1

RACE: 1ST   STANDINGS: 1ST

I’m super happy to start off winning. It was amazing to get this victory after the rib injury, which I’m still not recovered from totally. We must continue working to improve because I believe that I am not yet where I could be. I trained a little this year and I think I’m not at my usual level. There is still quite a way to go and I want to get there as soon as possible. Yes, in 2018 we won, but I suffered a lot because of the injuries. That is why I want to thank Joaquim Terricabras and all his medical team for the help they have given me, especially for the recent treatment for the rib injury.

 

Takahisa Fujinami  3

RACE: 8TH  STANDINGS: 8TH

I think that, honestly, today I had the chance to go through to the next round, but I made two serious mistakes and I didn’t achieve my goal. I think there are several riders all at the same level, and now that I have seen how this race went, I think that if I train a little more these two weeks I could get a better result in Barcelona.

 

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We have started the year well. But as always, you have to be cautious because with so many trials it will not be easy and there is always the odd day where you make mistakes. Toni is in pretty good shape, not yet at full fitness, but he always gives it his all. Takahisa has struggled a bit in this first event, with some faults, but we will work to improve on it in the forthcoming trials. I wish to thank the people who have worked so hard to be here, and especially the medical team who we have given a lot of work in 2018!

 

 

Results X-Trial Budapest 2019

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 1 2 10 20 Repsol Honda Team 10
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 6 7 14 15 TRRS Factory Team 14
3 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 11 8 2 12 Gas Gas Factory Team 2
4 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 13 6 12 9 Gas Gas Factory Team 12
5 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 13 8 6 Beta Factory Racing 8
6 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 15 4 Vertigo Factory Team 15
7 DABILL James 22 GBR 16 3 Beta Factory Racing 16
8 FUJINAMI Takahisa 3 JPN 19 2 Repsol Honda Team 19
9 PEACE Dan 17 GBR 25 1 Sherco Factory Team 25

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018: Bike riders were pushed to the brink in the Akatarawa Forest, halfway between Lower Hutt and Porirua, on Sunday, and it was local man Jake Whitaker who emerged on top.

Motorcycling New Zealand’s latest competition initiative – the inaugural NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship series – hit the halfway stage on the Moonshine Valley course on Sunday, the competition again living up to its name and delivering more of the same stresses, strains and physical hardship that it had at round one near Whangamata last month.

The 27-year-old Whitaker, already a Kiwi legend in another motorcycling code – a record eight-time national moto trials champion – used some of those same precise throttle control and bike balancing skills needed for trials riding to conquer the brutal Moonshine enduro course.

Wainuiomata man Whitaker (KTM EXC300) finished the day more than two minutes ahead of runner-up rider Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna FX350), from Cambridge.

“It was a pretty demanding course today, with only a few short stages where a rider could rest a bit,” said Whitaker.

“It was an extremely physical day of riding, with hill climbs and creek crossings to keep everyone on their toes.

“The weather was great and the courser surprisingly dry, although there were a few spots in the forest that probably never really dry out, so we did strike a bit of mud too.”

Hamilton’s Phil Singleton (Husqvarna FE350) had won the day at the series opener at Whangamata, but he was forced to settle for third overall at Moonshine.

This was, however, enough for Singleton to keep his series lead as the riders now prepare for round three, in Hawke’s Bay on November 3-4.

MNZ enduro commissioner Justin Stevenson had said before the start of the series that the racing would be “a little tougher than a normal national enduro, but not impossible” and this was true, with just a handful of riders unable to complete the nine-lap race.

“It was supposed to be a brutal event. We don’t want to scare people off, but it was meant to be tough,” he said.

“In saying that, though, there is quite a big step up from the Bronze Grade course to what the Gold Grade riders faced and individuals could choose for themselves how much of a challenge they wanted.”

The top three finishers in the Silver Grade were Lower Hutt’s Ryan Scullion, followed by Cambridge’s Beau Taylor and Whangarei’s Wayne Cox.

Best of the Bronze Grade riders was Whitianga’s James Kerr, with Tauranga’s Matt Reece and Whitecliffs’ Cody Corson not too far behind.

The series continues now with round three in Hawke’s Bay and then round four at Oxford, near Christchurch.

Only two of the four rounds of the NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship are to be counted, with riders to discard their two worst scores, while double points are offered for the final round in the South Island.

 

The 2018 NZ Xtreme Off-Road Championship calendar:

Round one: August 25, Taungatara Forest, Whangamata.

Round two: September 23, Moonshine Extreme, Bulls Run Rd, Porirua.

Round three: November 3-4, Over The Top, Hawke’s Bay.

Round four: November 16-17, Nut Buster, Oxford, Christchurch.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

The Repsol Honda Team ace sealed the 2018 TrialGP World Championship title yesterday with the season not yet over. Toni Bou, who won the trial in Great Britain, takes the tally of consecutive championship wins to twelve in TrialGP, added to the twelve in X-Trial (indoor). The twenty-four back-to-back titles mark the greatest achievement in motorcycling history.

Toni Bou, who didn’t technically need the win yesterday in Silsden to be proclaimed champion, but the Repsol Honda Team rider nevertheless went all out to take the new world title in style. The list now totalling twelve titles in a row in the outdoor season stand alongside the other twelve in the indoor season. On the day, Bou took control of the terrain and finished off the competition over the final sections of the course to mathematically seal top championship honours.

Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami came close, once again to a podium spot. At the end of the first lap the Japanese rider held second. Looking very at ease throughout the day, the rider made a costly mistake in a section which other rivals had zeroed, meaning the veteran narrowly missed out on a place on the rostrum.

Toni’s title was a cause for celebration, not only for Repsol Honda Team. The team also scooped the manufacturers’ title with Montesa. This is the twentieth world trial title for the Spanish constructor.

The next trial for Repsol Honda Team will be the final round of the TrialGP World Championship, scheduled to take place on 15th and 16th September in Pietramurata, Italy.

Toni Bou  

TRIAL: 1ST  STANDINGS: CHAMPION

“Yesterday was a very special day. We knew that this race would not be easy and that no mistakes could be made. They marked me a very strict five in section seven that forced me to fight hard for the rest of the trial. The end was very tight because with five points more I would have ended up in sixth or seventh place, but I stayed out of trouble and was able to win. There was a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure, but there is nothing better than winning the world championship with a victory. We are very happy because it has been a very difficult year due to injuries. Now it’s time to enjoy it with the team.”

Results TrialGP of Great Britain

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 8 3 2 20 Repsol Honda Team 13
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 9 3 3 17 TRRS Factory Team 15
3 GELABERT Miquel 11 SPA 3 12 15 Sherco Factory Team 15
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 10 11 13 Repsol Honda Team 21
5 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 16 6 1 11 Beta Factory Racing 23
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 16 7 1 10 Gas Gas Factory Team 24
7 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 12 15 1 9 Gas Gas Factory Team 28
8 DABILL James 22 GBR 12 15 1 8 Beta Factory Racing 28
9 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 25 10 7 Gas Gas Factory Team 35
10 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 19 23 6 Vertigo Factory Team 42
11 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 29 21