STILL WIN­NING

Trial Magazine - - TALK TRIALS - WORDS: TONI BOU AND JOHN HULME

My years of hard work and train­ing have made me into what I am to­day: the undis­puted mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als world cham­pion both in­door and out­door. The sup­port from my team at Rep­sol Honda and all my spon­sors give me 100% and, in re­turn when I am hold­ing the Ren­thal han­dle­bars of the Cota 4RT in the com­pe­ti­tion, I give them the same. I un­der­stand that changes have to be made in any sport for it to progress and I am very happy to say that af­ter the open­ing round of the new TrialGP for­mat for 2017, I am still win­ning.

For the first time in my mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als ca­reer, qual­i­fy­ing was in­tro­duced at the open­ing round of the FIM Trial World Cham­pi­onship in 2017. Yes, I was very ner­vous and I did feel the pres­sure as one mis­take could have spelt dis­as­ter for me as we only have the one go at mak­ing a good time to de­cide our start­ing po­si­tion on race day. As it turned out, my young fel­low Rep­sol Honda team rider, Jamie Busto, set the quick­est time at 29.47. I was se­cond at 30.29 with Adam Raga third at 30.89. Yes, it was that close.

With qual­i­fy­ing over I knew it would not be such a prob­lem for Jamie to watch me for a change! Af­ter start­ing the event in the morn­ing in bright sun­shine, a mas­sive thun­der­storm half­way through the first lap to­tally changed the na­ture of the haz­ards.

Albert Cabestany had qual­i­fied badly and as an early starter gained an ad­van­tage in the rain, leav­ing me trail­ing him by a sin­gle mark with Adam breath­ing down my neck one mark be­hind. In very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions on the se­cond and fi­nal lap, all my pre-sea­son train­ing came into play as I opened up a sig­nif­i­cant lead to start my 2017 out­door sea­son in the best pos­si­ble way with a win – happy days!

Un­til Next Time – Ride On! – Toni

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