And he’s done it again. With one event still to go next week, a dazzling Toni Bou mathematically seals overall victory in the 2015 FIM X-Trial World Championship. The Repsol Honda Team whiz thus extends an impeccable record to nine consecutive title wins.
Toni Bou’s trophy cabinet will need enlarging once more. Today, the magnificent setting of the Arena Nova in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, played host to the penultimate test of the 2015 X-Trial championship, as a packed house witnessed the Spaniard extend his run of championship wins to an unprecedented nine in a row.
The Repsol Honda Team came to the event intent on maintaining the kind of high-level performance that had brought top honours in Barcelona a week ago. As usual Bou’s semi-final performance had raised the bar high, as the eight competitors battled it out over six technical sections.
The final got underway with a first section that proved insurmountable for all, but Bou soon made amends astride the Montesa Cota 4RT, proving to be the only rider able to make it across the second obstacle. From then on it was plain sailing for the Honda maestro who began to increase the deficit over his adversaries, before finally finishing ahead of second place Jeroni Fajardo. It was Adam Raga’s third place that made Bou’s overall victory in the FIM X-Trial World Championship a mathematical certainty. The indoor win tally now stands at 45.
The final stop-off for Team HRC in the FIM X-Trial World Championship will be held in the Palacio de los Deportes in Oviedo, Spain next Friday, March 20.
|1||Bou Toni||1||SPA||6||10||20||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa|
|3||Raga Adam||3||SPA||16||25||12||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas|
|5||Dabill James||4||GBR||21||6||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo|
|8||Kadlec Franz||wild card||GER||30||1||Beta||Beta|