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.
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
|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|