It’s a little late but ‘A Happy New Year’ to the trials world. With the 2016 season now under way with the first round of the FIM
X-Trial indoor series having taken place in Great Britain I sit on the edge of achieving my goal of ten world trials motorcycle titles, both indoor and outdoor. Yes, that would make me a
twenty-times world champion!
Before we move to the X-Trial World Championship let me tell you about a fantastic trip to Japan with my team-mates in the Repsol Honda squad, Takahisa Fujinami and Jamie Busto, to the Honda ‘Thank you’ day. This was a day of celebration for 2015 and a way to thank everyone involved in our successful team. We all became involved in various demonstration races including Go Karts, Touring Cars etc, and I am sure you can imagine with the ‘New Boy Busto’ at such a young age he wanted to try and put one over myself and ‘Fujigas’. Let’s just say it was interesting! It was also an opportunity to thank the guys in the team back at the base in Japan, so it finished off 2015 on a very happy note despite the long-haul flight time to be home for Christmas.
Round one of the 2016 FIM X-Trial series did not go to plan as I finished second, not where I want to be if I am to go on and record my tenth successive world championship. When I walked the course I knew that I would have to be at the top of my game to take another victory. As has been well documented I made a small mistake in the final, which dropped me off the top step of the podium. Such is the high standard of riding that I knew any penalty such as mine would be punished heavily, and it was. I am riding well and I will now move my focus straight onto the next round in Spain.
On a more positive note it was so good to see the return of my team-mate and good friend ‘Fuji’. After missing the 2015 indoor series through injury he was back and firing on all cylinders at Sheffield and looking pretty impressive!
Until Next Time – Ride On! – Toni