100 A RECORD-BREAKING WINS
Trust me 100%, I am human and, yes, I do feel pressure like any other person. I knew the 100 wins was always possible in 2018 although with the problems from the back injury I was not sure when this would happen. Japan produced wins from Fajardo and Busto, putting the celebrations on hold, but once I had secured the success in Andorra my focus in Portugal was the big ‘100’ and, as they say, the rest is history, and it was time once again to enjoy the champagne.
The long-haul flight to round two of this year’s championship had been a difficult one. In truth it was too long a time to be sat down, and was not good for my recovery from the injury. It was a two-day event, and on reflection I should have been happier with the points than I was, but as you all know I enter every competition with one vision only: victory.
I had a good week at home enjoying Andorra before the world round and I felt much more relaxed, having friends and family around me, which is always a bonus. I felt very strong in qualifying and the relief when I was the quickest gave me even more confidence for race day. As it happened the Andorra GP was a very close affair but I kept pushing all day, and when Fajardo stopped in the final hazard of the day I applied my mindset to take the victory. Trials is a strange sport but I believe I thoroughly deserved the win after all the problems with my back.
The week after we were back in action in Portugal, and the heat was insane! I felt very confident all weekend and when I have this sensation I am at my very best, which I was, in both qualifying and the trial. When I feel like this I can change the pressure around onto my rivals, as riding at the back from the best qualifying time it’s a case of waiting for them to make mistakes, which they did. I take nothing away from any of them and have the utmost respect for them, but this situation pushes the limits of my ability even higher. My clean passage through section ten was me at my very best, which opened the door for the 100th victory. As always for everyone who has helped me achieve this new record, I thank you! Until Next Time – Ride On! – Toni
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