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FIM X-Trial

The one man show that is Toni Bou continues to bull­doze the op­po­si­tion with an­other stun­ning per­for­mance in the FIM X-Trial competion this year. With twenty-five con­sec­u­tive round wins and an eighth World In­door ti­tle who can stop the ma­chine that is Toni Bou – Bou-oom Bou-oom!

AL­BERT CABESTANY (SHERCO-ESP) – CHAM­PION 2002: Never one to show his true emo­tions in ei­ther vic­tory or de­feat, it does not de­tract from the abil­i­ties of both him­self and Adam Raga. A real gen­uine nice guy, ‘Cabers’ is fully com­mit­ted to win­ning and is still very much a force to deal with, but it’s the sheer con­sis­tency of Bou that he has to deal with. ADAM RAGA (GAS GAS-ESP) – CHAM­PION 2003–2006: With some real fire still burn­ing in his stomach Adam Raga is never afraid to show his emo­tions – which at times can af­fect his rid­ing. This year nei­ther he nor Cabestany have shown the con­sis­tency to chal­lenge Bou’s world crown but you can be sure it’s not through lack of ef­fort. Both these rid­ers are al­ways 100%!

JERONI FA­JARDO (BETA-ESP): Much has been ex­pected from Fa­jardo and when on form he can cer­tainly chal­lenge, but it’s not been his best of years in the X-Trial se­ries in 2014. TAKAHISA FU­JI­NAMI (MON­TESA-JPN): It’s been a tough in­door sea­son for the very like­able Ja­panese rider. Hav­ing suf­fered a snapped lig­a­ment in­jury in the lat­ter part of 2013 he has not been able to ride at 100%, but has at all times been to­tally com­mit­ted to con­tinue com­pet­ing at this world-class level of rid­ing. JAMES DABILL (BETA-GBR): The re­sults from ‘Dibsta’ do not re­flect how close he has come to chal­leng­ing the top three rid­ers. In qual­i­fy­ing he has been par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, with some solid per­for­mances, but once in the fi­nal he has not pro­duced the rid­ing he is ca­pa­ble of, fin­ish­ing just off the podium by the odd mark. As part of the fac­tory Beta team, along with Jeroni Fa­jardo, he is well es­tab­lished now as a part of the In­door Show.

TONI BOU (MON­TESA-ESP) CHAM­PION 2007–2014: This one man show is dom­i­nat­ing the In­door tri­als scene on the four-stroke Mon­tesa, with a ded­i­ca­tion to the sport that we have not seen for many years since Dougie Lamp­kin ar­rived on the tri­als scene with the...

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