The 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship season officially gets underway this weekend in Barcelona. Repsol Honda Team will line up Toni Bou, Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto for the Trial Indoor opener in the Catalan capital on Sunday 5th February for the 40th edition of the event.

The X-Trial season kicks off with the Barcelona Indoor Trial which over the years has become something of a ‘classic’ in the trial world. Toni Bou arrives eager to defend his reign of ten world titles. Repsol Honda Team’s incumbent X-Trial champion will start as favourite in a four-trial championship where riders will have to battle hard from the get-go and errors could prove costly. Toni will be looking to dominate from the start after having let last season’s opening date in the U.K. slip through his hands. Earlier in 2017, Bou again took part in the indoor event in Sheffield, U.K. clinching victory on the day, although points do not officially count towards the World Championship.

Toni Bou won’t be alone in Barcelona. The ten-time victor – with the last eight wins on the trot – will appear alongside Repsol Honda Team stalwart Takahisa Fujinami and the promising Jaime Busto. The Japanese rider – who ranked third in the world in the 2016 outdoor discipline and fifth indoors – has yet to shine in the indoor discipline as he has done in the open air. ‘Fujigas’, as one of the most popular riders on the circuit, will have the crowd firmly behind him as always.

Young Basque rider Jaime Busto returns to the Palau Sant Jordi intent on honing his indoor technique. The pressure to produce higher-level results has led to below-par performances on his two previous participations in Barcelona Indoor. This year the Spanish hopeful is on a mission to break the bad spell.

Fans from around the globe will converge on the Barcelona event for a feast of thrilling competition and technique. In time-honoured fashion, the trial begins at 17:00 hrs on Sunday with eight sections to test the eight rider’s skill to the limit.

 

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2017 X-TRIAL CALENDAR

DATE
STADIUM
COUNTRY
February 5
Barcelona
Spain
March 11
Wiener Neustadt
Austria
March 25
Marseille
France
March 31
Nice
France

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Barcelona Trial Indoor is the blue riband race in the discipline. The event has been disputed forty years consecutively but it’s, for very first time, the opening round of the World Championship.
  • The first Barcelona Trial Indoor took place on a Thursday in the old Palacio de Deportes in Barcelona with free access to those in possession of the SoloMoto magazine which organized the event.
  • Jaume Subirà, on a Montesa Cota 348, was the winner of the first trial which has since had 11 different winners.
  • The first four-stroke bike to triumph in Barcelona was the Honda RTL of Belgian Eddy Lejeune, also the first rider to clinch a hat-trick of victories.
  • Toni Bou is the rider with the most victories in Palau Sant Jordi: 10, with a recent consecutive run of eight wins out of the last eight disputed.
  • Takahisa Fujinami has finished on the podium four times in Barcelona. Jaime Busto has taken part in the two most recent events as the organisation’s wildcard entry.

Toni Bou

We have prepared the season with great care: working hard at physical fitness and preparing the bike. You have to keep motivated and be at 100% to take the title. The challenge is really complicated, above all after a great all-round year like the last one, but we want to achieve the victory again.
It’s a four-trial championship where you won’t be able to make any mistakes. It will be tough, but we have worked hard in the preseason and we are at 100% to be able to pull it off. The trial in Barcelona will be a great way to start the championship. In addition, it will be the fortieth anniversary and there will be more sections. Let’s see what we find, as there are always surprises; but it is a worthy race to start the championship with. After, we are off to Vienna which will be the most difficult and the one that I like the most: it will be really important to get that one right. The Marseille trial is a fairly easy date, but recently they have included some more technical sections. The Pavilion in Nice is smaller and it will be complicated if the championship is decided there.

Toni Bou Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 17th October 1986
Nationality Spanish
Place of Birth Piera, Barcelona, Spain
Residence La Massana, Andorra
Weight 75kg
Height 175cm

Takahisa Fujinami

I’m the most veteran in the paddock but I’ve still got the motivation and the results are good. How far can I go? Everything depends on the results…. I don’t set the limit. X-Trial is important, but I have to recognise that my preseason training for indoor hasn’t been so intense and perhaps I have focused more on outdoor. That way I arrive at the championship with no pressure. After finishing third outdoor and having finished one of the indoor events in fourth place, my aim for this year is to be on the podium in some of the season’s events.

Takahisa Fujinami Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 13th January 1980
Nationality Japanese
Place of Birth Mie Prefecture, Japan
Residence Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, Spain
Weight 68kg
Height 171cm
Hobbies Music and Tennis

Jaime Busto

This will be my third year as a wildcard rider in the Barcelona X-Trial. After the previous experiences over the last two years, hopefully I will be able to say, ‘Third time lucky’, and be able to finally have a good race. It will be complicated to get into the final, but we are going to fight even though indoor is not really the speciality best-suited to my riding style.

Jaime Busto Statistics | More Statistics

Date of birth 4th December 1997
Nationality Spanish
Place of birth Gorliz, Vizcaya, Spain
Weight 64 kg
Height 172 cm
Hobbies Bicycle and motorsports in general

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We are about to start a new season and a new year. The riders have worked really hard in the preseason. It is a short championship which where there won’t be room for mistakes and that puts us all under pressure. That means everyone: riders and team alike. We didn’t make it to some events such as Sheffield and we missed out on that. As far as the riders go, Toni will try to clinch another title and Fujinami will do all he can but he has no obligations. On the other hand Jaime Busto has to strengthen as a rider in this speciality.

Preview XTrial2017 Repsol Honda Team

Preview XTrial2017 Repsol Honda Team


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FIM X-Trial 2016 Season review

Location Information

First edition 1978
Location Palau Sant Jordi (from 1991)
Seats 15.000 (all seats full)
Organization RPM-MKTG

Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olímpic, Barcelona, España - View in Google Maps

www.trialindoorbarcelona.com

Records

Podium 2017 Toni Bou (Montesa) - Adam Raga (TRS) - Jeroni Fajardo (Vertigo)
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 (Gas Gas) - Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa)