After last weekend’s one-two in Madrid, Bou and Marcelli return, some five months later, to Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, a venue of cherished memories for the Repsol Honda Team riders. The last event in the Catalan capital ended with the pair clinching the top two steps of the podium, with Toni Bou sealing a thirtieth world title.
With barely time to celebrate after Chalon-sur-Saône and Madrid, Toni Bou and Gabriel Marcelli move on to compete in the third consecutive trial of the 2022 World Championship, although this time on home soil. The Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona is set to host the 45th edition of the longest-running competition in Indoor Trials – round four of the 2022 FIM X-Trial World Championship calendar – five months after witnessing Toni Bou’s 30th world title win. The event finds both Repsol Honda Team riders in cracking form, fresh off the back of the one-two win in the Madrid Arena.
Toni Bou is well on-track towards a new world title after three wins on the spin. Sporting a 23-point lead over his nearest rival, the champion goes into Sunday’s event in Barcelona without any significant pressure, a far cry from the last time he visited the magnificent Barcelona venue. Bou has triumphed 14 times at the Palau Sant Jordi and the Barcelona rider will be eager to extend the tally further this year. In his overall FIM X-Trial World Championship career, Bou holds another record: that of his 95 indoor participations with 75% of these indoor events having ended in victories.
Meanwhile, team-mate Gabriel Marcelli celebrated his twelfth X-Trial with a superb runner-up spot in Madrid. Now, the Galician rider returns to the venue where he achieved his best performance until 2021 with motivation levels running sky high. Marcelli lies sixth in the overall standings and aims to continue scaling positions throughout the rest of the year’s competitions.
As usual, the Barcelona Indoor Trial, which has been held uninterruptedly at the Palau Sant Jordi Olympic venue since 1991 (it had previously been held at the Palacio de Deportes), will get underway at 17:00 this coming Sunday, 10 April.
Standings after Round 3
|1||Bou Toni||1||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||65|
|2||Raga Adam||68||SPA||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||42|
|3||Grattarola Matteo||88||ITA||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||27|
|4||Busto Jaime||69||SPA||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||22|
|5||Martyn Toby||212||GBR||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||17|
|6||Marcelli Gabriel||38||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||16|
|7||Bincaz Benoit||73||FRA||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||10|
|8||Haga Sondre||99||NOR||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||9|
|9||Gelabert Miquel||56||SPA||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||4|
|Podium 2021||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRRS)|
|Podium 2020||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRRS) - Jorge Casales (Gas Gas)|
|Podium 2019||Adam Raga (TRRS) - Toni Bou (Montesa) - Jaime Busto (Gas Gas)|
|Podium 2018||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRRS) - Jeroni Fajardo (Gas Gas)|
|Podium 2017||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRRS) - Jeroni Fajardo (Vertigo)|
|Podium 2016||Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRRS) - 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 (Gas Gas) - Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa)|