FIM World Trials Championship
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.