Toni Bou extends leadership in X-Trial after an important victory in Montpellier

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team Trial

  X-Trial Montpellier 18

X-Trial 2018   Round XTR 2

The second round of the X-Trial World Championship held at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier was a productive one for Repsol Honda Team. Toni Bou made off with an important victory that consolidates his position at the head of the championship table. Fujinami came close to qualifying for the semi-final.

In Montpellier, France champion Toni Bou added a new victory to his lengthy honours list, in the second round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship. Playing to a packed house, the Repsol Honda Team rider ignored some physical ailments, principally affecting his arms, to prevail in the final which involved a face-to-face with Adam Raga.

Bou was the strongest in the first qualifying round, where Toni’s Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Takahisa Fujinami – the organisation’s wildcard invite – failed to make the cut by a single penalty point. In the second round, in spite of a few mistakes, Bou was able to outride his group’s adversaries, finishing with a two and four point advantage. The final meant a showdown with archrival Adam Raga, who the champion was able to defeat with a five-point advantage. Bou now comfortably leads the championship table with 40 points, thirteen more than second-placed Adam Raga.




The next date on the calendar for the FIM X-Trial World Championship will be the third round held next Friday, January 19th in Toulouse, France.

 

Toni Bou

RACE: 1st  STANDINGS: 1st

Today I had to suffer a lot in this race. I haven’t been physically at my best, my arms hurt a lot and I had a pretty tough time. Already in the section one I was starting to show signs of fatigue. I was able to get through each phase, but in the semi-final I got through by the skin of my teeth. In the end, it was a comforting victory after so much suffering, which is great because it gives us a good advantage in the championship. This week I will have to try to recover because immediately after we have another trial.

 

Takahisa Fujinami

RACE: 8th  STANDINGS: 11th

Today I tried to do the best I could. I think it didn’t go that badly, and that I could have even qualified for the semi-final, but I had not competed in indoor for a long time and I made some mistakes that I should have. I hope to be able to do better in the next round.

 

X-Trial Montpellier 2018

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 Bou Toni SPA 1 12 8 20 Repsol Honda Team 8
2 Raga Adam SPA 2 11 13 15 TRS Factory Team 13
3 Dabill James GBR 9 14 12 Beta Factory Racing 14
4 Bincaz Benoit FRA 13 16 9 Scorpa Factory 16
5 Gelabert Miquel 10 SPA 14 16 6 Sherco Factory Team 16
6 Fajardo Jeroni SPA 6 18 4 Gas Gas Factory Team 18
7 Ferrer Alexandre 13 FRA 14 2 Sherco Factory Team 14
8 Fujinami Takahisa JPN 15 1 Repsol Honda Team 15
9 Busto Jaime SPA 16 0 Gas Gas Factory Team 16

 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Bou Toni SPA 40 Repsol Honda Team
2 Raga Adam SPA 27 TRS Factory Team
3 Dabill James GBR 18 Beta Factory Racing
4 Busto Jaime SPA 15 Gas Gas Factory Team
5 Bincaz Benoit FRA 13 Scorpa Factory
6 Fajardo Jeroni SPA 13 Gas Gas Factory Team
7 Gelabert Miquel 10 SPA 6 Sherco Factory Team
8 Casales Jorge SPA 2 Vertigo Factory Team
9 Ferrer Alexandre 13 FRA 2 Sherco Factory Team
10 Grattarola Matteo ITA 1 Montesa Team Sembenini
11 Fujinami Takahisa JPN 1 Repsol Honda Team

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