Three riders from Repsol Honda Team will line up this weekend for the second round of the FIM X-Trial Championship at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi: the current world champion Toni Bou, Japanese stalwart Takahisa Fujinami and rookie Jaime Busto.
Repsol Honda Team’s Toni Bou will be looking to get his title hopes back on track after missing out on victory in the opening event of the indoor trial championship held in Sheffield in January. Bou’s runner-up spot in the season’s inaugural race leaves the Spaniard well-poised to re-establish his usual command of the world championship.
It will be something of a home-game for most of the X-Trial participants. Toni Bou in particular will feel at home in Trial Indoor’s flagship event, one which has seen the Repsol rider come away victorious on nine previous occasions – eight aboard a Montesa – with a consecutive winning streak at the venue that stretches back to 2009.
Takahisa Fujinami returns to an auditorium that has always been welcoming and will be looking to reward the warm reception of fans with a corresponding result. The ex-world champion spent most of last season convalescing after a knee operation and was unable to take part in Barcelona last year. ‘Fujigas’ hopes to spring a surprise in his comeback and will aim at grabbing a top-four spot in the 2016 edition. Fujinami finished second in 2007 and third in 2004, 2009 and 2013.
Jaime Busto, for the second year running, will occupy the eighth slot on the list of entrants after having received an invitation from the organizers to take part. The Basque rider, the best rookie on the outdoor season, continues to adjust to the competition and has yet to find his habitual form.
39th edition of Trial Indoor Solo Moto de Barcelona
The 39th edition of Barcelona’s Trial Indoor Solo Moto will feature an image revamp for the 2016 event with the Palau Sant Jordi course being used solely for the trial competition on February 7. The new designer of the sections has endeavoured to make a more attractive and more selective set of hazards which aims at merging near-impossible obstacles with a highly-visual show. The proceedings get underway at 17:00 hrs with riders having to complete six sections plus a speed section in the initial qualifying round. The four who make it through to the final will then have to tackle seven sections.
|Podium 2016||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRS) - Albert Cabestany (Sherco)|
|Podium 2015||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (Gas Gas) - Albert Cabestany (Sherco)|
|Podium 2014||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (Gas Gas) - Albert Cabestany (Sherco)|
|Podium 2013||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRS) - Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa)|
|Podium 2012||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Albert Cabestany (Sherco) - Jeroni Fajardo (Beta)|