The second round of the X-Trial World Championship held at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier was a productive one for Repsol Honda Team. Toni Bou made off with an important victory that consolidates his position at the head of the championship table. Fujinami came close to qualifying for the semi-final.
In Montpellier, France champion Toni Bou added a new victory to his lengthy honours list, in the second round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship. Playing to a packed house, the Repsol Honda Team rider ignored some physical ailments, principally affecting his arms, to prevail in the final which involved a face-to-face with Adam Raga.
Bou was the strongest in the first qualifying round, where Toni’s Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Takahisa Fujinami – the organisation’s wildcard invite – failed to make the cut by a single penalty point. In the second round, in spite of a few mistakes, Bou was able to outride his group’s adversaries, finishing with a two and four point advantage. The final meant a showdown with archrival Adam Raga, who the champion was able to defeat with a five-point advantage. Bou now comfortably leads the championship table with 40 points, thirteen more than second-placed Adam Raga.
The next date on the calendar for the FIM X-Trial World Championship will be the third round held next Friday, January 19th in Toulouse, France.
X-Trial Montpellier 2018
|1||Bou Toni||SPA||1||12||8||20||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||8|
|2||Raga Adam||SPA||2||11||13||15||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||13|
|3||Dabill James||GBR||9||14||12||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||14|
|4||Bincaz Benoit||FRA||13||16||9||Scorpa Factory||Scorpa||16|
|5||Gelabert Miquel||SPA||14||16||6||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||16|
|6||Fajardo Jeroni||SPA||6||18||4||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||18|
|7||Ferrer Alexandre||FRA||14||3||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||14|
|8||Fujinami Takahisa||JPN||15||2||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||15|
|9||Busto Jaime||SPA||16||1||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||16|