Toni Bou has clinched a third triumph of the season and sealed his tenth X-Trial World Championship title with a masterly exhibition of riding prowess in Marseille.
The Repsol Honda Team rider has added yet another accolade to an already lengthy roll of honour with an indisputable win at the Marseille X-Trial. Toni Bou rallied and pull himself back after an early setback in section two of the qualifying round which saw him pick up a five-mark penalty. From then on the Spaniard produced a flawless performance, making it through the five sections of the final without picking up as much as a single mark. An irrefutable victory over closest rivals Cabestany and Raga who were to share the podium with Bou in the Palais des Sport.
Toni Bou’s overwhelming win now takes the Catalan’s title tally to ten. The Repsol Honda Team has clinched the championship consecutively every year since 2007 and has broken just about every possible record in the discipline.
Takahisa Fujinami also had his own particular success story on the night. The Japanese Repsol Honda stalwart arrived in Marseille intent on a place in the final and accomplished that mission with a fourth spot in qualifying and an eventual fourth place overall in the final.
Jaime Busto was unable to complete his X-Trial World Championship objective of improving on previous results and had to settle for eighth place overall.
Next port of call for the Repsol Honda Team will be in two weeks time with the start of the FIM Trial Outdoor World Championship season in Olvan and Cal Rosal (Barcelona) on 9th and 10th April. The team’s triumvirate remains the same with Toni Bou, the current champion, to sport the number one, Takahisa Fujinami, the number five and Jaime Busto, six.
Results X-Trial Marseille 2016
|1||Bou Toni||SPA||5||0||20||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||0|
|2||Cabestany Albert||SPA||2||4||15||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||4|
|3||Raga Adam||SPA||4||5||12||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||5|
|4||Fujinami Takahisa||JPN||14||18||9||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||18|
|5||Fajardo Jeroni||SPA||15||6||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||15|
|6||Ferrer Alexandre||FRA||17||4||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||17|
|7||Karlsson Eddie||SWE||22||2||Montesa Team Karlsson||Montesa||22|
|8||Busto Jaime||SPA||23||1||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||23|