Spanish Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou, recently crowned FIM X-Trial World Champion in Paris for the twelfth time, will not take part in this season’s final event.
Toni Bou had reappeared in the competition only twenty-seven days after breaking three vertebrae in an X-Trial event in Le Mans. In Paris, Bou returned with a firm determination to mathematically seal the world champion title aboard the bike. Whilst achieving the aim, the Repsol Honda Team rider suffered severe lower back pain, a clear symptom that he was not yet fully recovered. After a recent medical, the rider has taken the decision to sit out the seventh and final event of the FIM X-Trial World Championship to be held this Thursday in Budapest. Bou will continue with the recuperation process of the injury.
Fifth race of the year for Fujinami
Takahisa Fujinami will, however, participate once more in Budapest. After finishing on the podium in Paris, the Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider will take part in his fifth world championship trial this season. Fujigas’ mission is to make the cut for the second phase, with a high-level ride, as he goes in search of a higher position in the championship rankings. Fujinami is currently eighth in the overall X-Trial World Championship standings.
The competition will start at 18:30 hrs at the Laszlo SportArena in Budapest with the first phase of the competition. The second phase is scheduled to begin at 20:15 hrs and the final at 21:00 hrs.