With the 2018 FIM X-Trial World Championship starting in December 2017 at Vendee in France the season lasted a little longer than usual. It made my festive break a little shorter than I would have liked, but with the 2018 now well under way we have no res
Every time I ride in a competition I know that my fellow riders all want to beat me — it’s the nature of the game when you have set the level so high. With many riders changing machines for 2018 it will be interesting to see who can challenge not just myself but my constant rival Adam Raga on a more consistent basis.
Adam had a massive crash at Vendee in the qualifying, but fortunately it was without injury. My old team-mate at Repsol Honda Jaime Busto took second position, with Adam third. I then went to Budapest in Hungary to help publicise the last event in the 2018 FIM X-Trial season, to be held in March, and it looks very much that it will be a huge success based on the enthusiasm from the organisers. Whilst there I had a small vacation with my girlfriend, and we definitely enjoyed this vibrant city and its culture with some much needed time away from trials.
My first competitive ride of the New Year was at Sheffield. Despite the fact it was not a world championship round I always enjoy the event and the fantastic atmosphere from the crowd. My massive jump across section one in the qualifying was maybe a little crazy! It felt as though I was in the air for ages yet it was only a few seconds. Believe me though, the win was not as easy as it may have looked. As you read this the FIM X-Trial Championship continues in succession through to my home event in Barcelona. Be there!
Until Next Time – Ride On! – Toni