2018 TRI­ALGP WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIONAL -

Start­ing badly in the last round of the 2018 sea­son sim­ply put some fire in the belly of Toni Bou. The undis­puted ‘King’ of tri­als started as we have seen be­fore, with a fight­back, which at the close of the first lap put him in the lead. His clos­est ri­val was his old spar­ring part­ner Adam Raga. He knew he had to win if he was to move to sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings and he pushed Bou all the way, fin­ish­ing just a sin­gle mark be­hind af­ter lap one. As we have wit­nessed on so many oc­ca­sions though, Bou put the ham­mer down on the sec­ond lap to part with just two marks. Raga was a very wor­thy run­ner up but it was not enough to pass Jeroni Fa­jardo who fin­ished sec­ond with a per­sonal best fin­ish in the trial world cham­pi­onship leav­ing Raga in third. WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: 1: Bou 21; 2: Raga 24; 3: Fa­jardo 37; 4: Cabestany 46; 5: Busto 46; 6: Fu­ji­nami 63; 7: Da­bill 69; 8: Ge­labert 78; 9: Casales 83; 10: Price 84.

When will the tal­ent of Jaime Busto shine through? Af­ter the move from the Rep­sol Honda to Gas Gas, he has only taken one Tri­alGP win in 2018. Maybe we will have to watch and wait in 2019?

Jeroni Fa­jardo on the Gas Gas has looked at times very much like a new rider, and the sec­ond over­all in the cham­pi­onship is well de­served.

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