FIM X-Trial success
The first season in the new X-Trial FIM World Championship era has seen several records broken. The 2018 Championship came to a conclusion in Budapest in late March and has produced a marked step forward for the discipline, demonstrated by various interesting statistics.
A total of 16 different riders have participated at some stage during the seven X-Trial events, and six different nationalities have been represented through the season. Seven different riders have made it onto an X-Trial podium in 2018 and three of them, Toni Bou, Adam Raga and Jaime Busto, have made it to top spot. Six young hopefuls have made their first steps in the Championship by achieving their series debuts in 2018.
Toni Bou has recorded a 12th consecutive X-Trial World Championship title. Jaime Busto claimed his first-ever X-Trial win. With victory at X-Trial Paris Busto became the 20th different winner in the discipline and only the fourth different rider to win a round in the last decade.
With an impressive level of consistency Adam Raga has now reached 25 consecutive X-Trial podium appearances stretching back to the 2014 campaign, and extends his all-time podium record above the century mark to a total of 104 top-three finishes. TRRS rider Raga has also become the highest all-time point-scorer in the sport with a total of 2,043 career X-Trial points.
Takahisa Fujinami made his 136th X-Trial start when he lined up in Budapest, in the process securing a new all-time appearance record in the sport. At the season-ending X-Trial Budapest, Hungary became the 19th different nation to host an X-Trial World Championship round.
2018 FIM X-TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL POSITIONS: 1: Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP) 106; 2: Adam Raga (TRRS-ESP) 104; 3: Jamie Busto (Gas Gas-ESP) 65; 4: Benoit Bincaz (Scorpa-FRA) 64; 5: Miquel Gelabert (Sherco-ESP) 43; 6: James Dabill (Beta-GBR) 37; 7: Jeroni Fajardo (Gas Gas-ESP) 36; 8: Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Honda-JPN) 28; 9: Alexandre Ferrer (Sherco-FRA) 6; 10; Luca Petrella (TRRS-ITA) 3; 11: Jorge Casales (Vertigo-ESP) 3; 12: Franz Kadlec (Gas Gas-GER) 2; 13: Matteo Grattarola (Montesa-ITA) 2; 14: Arnau Farre (Vertigo-ESP) 2; 15: Jack Price (Gas Gas-GBR) 2; 16; Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa-ESP) 2.