Span­ish leg­end moves closer to 11th world ti­tle with UK win

Motorcycle News (UK) - - SPORT - By Michael Guy MCN SPORTS ED­I­TOR

Rep­sol Honda rider Toni Bou con­tin­ued his dom­i­na­tion of world tri­als with a com­mand­ing win in round five of the 2017 FIM Trial World Cham­pi­onship at Tong near Brad­ford.

Played out in front of an im­pres­sive UK crowd, boosted by free en­try to ACU mem­bers, Bou stamped his author­ity on the event with a peer­less open­ing lap and de­spite mis­takes on lap two did enough to se­cure the win.

His vic­tory in round five of the cham­pi­onship means that he now en­joys an 18-point lead over Adam Raga with three rounds to go. Over­all vic­tory in 2017 will mean the 30-yearold Spa­niard would wrap up an un­prece­dented 11th crown.

“I had a very good first lap, but made mis­takes on the sec­ond lap, but I stayed clean in the fi­nal two sec­tions for the vic­tory,” said Bou. “It’s a very im­por­tant week­end for me. I’ve ex­tended my lead and will now go to the USA with more con­fi­dence.”

Bri­tish honours were up­held by GasGas rider James Da­bill who pushed Bou all the way in the early stages. He was even­tu­ally pipped to the podium af­ter a stun­ning fi­nal lap by Bou’s Rep­sol Honda team-mate Takahisa Fu­ji­nami and top Span­niard Adam Raga rid­ing the TRRS ma­chine.

The next round takes place in the USA at the end of July.

Top Brit James Da­bill just missed out on tak­ing his Gasgas to the podium Bou was on hot form at the Bri­tish round and is nicely on tar­get for ti­tle No11

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