100 A RECORD-BREAK­ING WINS

Trial Magazine - - TALK TRIALS - WORDS: TONI BOU WITH JOHN HULME • PIC­TURES: MON­TESA/HONDA AND TRI­ALS ME­DIA

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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