BIONIC BOU

Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

This year’s FIM World Trial Cham­pi­onship has al­ready got the sport on the edge of its seat as Toni Bou chases an in­cred­i­ble tenth con­sec­u­tive crown. Why on the edge of your seat, you may ask? Bou is rid­ing with a shoul­der in­jury that would force the ma­jor­ity of rid­ers out for an op­er­a­tion but he is work­ing around it, such is his de­ter­mi­na­tion to win. Take noth­ing away from our other World round win­ners Al­bert Cabestany and Adam Raga. Never count Cabestany out of the equa­tion; as he has demon­strated on many oc­ca­sions he re­mains world class. As for Raga, he gave the new brand TRS the hon­our of its first win at the high­est level, such is the prom­ise of the ma­chine. The se­ries now fol­lows the other FIM mo­tor­cy­cle dis­ci­plines and changes from be­ing the FIM World Trial Cham­pi­onship to the class ti­tle of Tri­alGP to make the as­so­ci­a­tion with road rac­ing – Mo­toGP – and mo­tocross – MXGP. The two other classes in com­pe­ti­tion have also changed: from Trial World Cup to Trial2 and the 125 Cup now ti­tled Trial125. In the Trial2 class the se­ries is look­ing like its go­ing to be very close, as over the four rounds so far we have had four dif­fer­ent win­ners. Iwan Roberts holds a slen­der sin­gle-point lead over Jack Price fol­lowed by Ar­nau Farre from Spain. The new Gas Gas ta­lent, Jack Peace, has taken a full house of wins to dom­i­nate the open­ing rounds in the Trial125 class.

‘Bionic Bou’ – Yes that’s Toni Bou, who heads the newly ti­tled Tri­alGP class on the Rep­sol Honda de­spite rid­ing with an on­go­ing shoul­der in­jury that re­quires surgery.

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