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FIM World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship

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With very lit­tle chance of catch­ing Toni Bou on the four-stroke Rep­sol Honda in this year’s se­ries, fel­low Span­ish rider Adam Raga still rode like a man with a point to prove at the re­main­ing rounds. With­out a doubt Bou has dom­i­nated in 2015, with thir­teen wins, as he once again rewrote the record books and raised the bar with his ninth con­sec­u­tive crown. With Raga ef­fec­tively hav­ing no team as the Gas Gas brand col­lapsed in the ear­lier part of the sea­son, he needed to prove to the world that he still has what it takes to chal­lenge at the very front of the cham­pi­onship and, most im­por­tantly, that he was the only rider who could fight Bou. He signed off his 2015 sea­son as the win­ner of the last two rounds in Spain, with the prospect of tak­ing the chal­lenge to Bou on his new TRS ma­chine – we will have to wait and see what this new part­ner­ship will bring to the se­ries in 2016.

The trans-At­lantic trip to the States for the WTC tour gave the Amer­i­can tri­als fans a chance to see the riders in ac­tion for the first time in the last few sea­sons, and the dom­i­nant dis­play from Bou was very well re­ceived. He opened up the ad­van­tage in the points ta­ble over Raga on both days, with the fight for the cham­pi­onship vir­tu­ally over as they left the USA.

On day one Beta-mounted Jorge Casales made his first trip to the podium in his ca­reer, as he re­cov­ers from in­jury and aims for the top ten in the cham­pi­onship hav­ing missed many of the ear­lier rounds. Af­ter the sum­mer break in the cham­pi­onship the se­ries re­sumed in Por­tu­gal in Septem­ber, where Bou knew that two wins would make the ti­tle his on day two. The dry, hot con­di­tions proved ideal for Bou and de­spite the fact the event was on the eas­ier side he left the world of tri­als in no doubt that he is ‘Sim­ply The Best’, with two wins and the 2015 crown.

As the con­clu­sion of the sea­son ar­rived, just over the Por­tuguese bor­der in Spain and the moun­tain­ous re­gion of Teo the news was sur­fac­ing that Adam Raga would be leav­ing Gas Gas, the brand he has rid­den all his adult ca­reer, for the new Jordi Tarres-inspired TRS brand. He wanted to prove a point to his new em­ploy­ees, and this he did with two wins, to deny Bou the op­por­tu­nity to let his fans en­joy the cham­pi­onship glory; and Raga is the one who holds the reins in the closed sea­son.

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