CLAS­SIC Hard to Find Twin­shock Trial

As I am sure you can all ap­pre­ci­ate, my world just gets bet­ter and bet­ter. In fact, it was way be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions to take my twenty-sec­ond world ti­tle. With changes to the FIM Trial World Cham­pi­onship I was not 100% sure how 2017 would work out, but n


Well here we are again at the close of an­other tri­als sea­son and I am the undis­puted World Cham­pion – Toni gives a mas­sive smile – and yes, the feel­ing is still like one mas­sive dream from which I never wake up. On re­flec­tion my high­lights this year have been in qual­i­fy­ing. Once I un­der­stood ex­actly what I had to do I was very com­fort­able with it. In the Czech Repub­lic I was the sec­ond rider out and I re­ally pushed – to the point of com­ing close to a big crash on the grass in the first cor­ner… I re­mained calm and set the quick­est time; the look on my team-mate Jaime’s face was a pic­ture when he saw my time! Hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of ‘Fuji’ and the youth of Jaime in the Rep­sol Honda team re­ally helps and we all work very well to­gether.

On ‘Race Day’ though, it’s gloves off, as we all have jobs to do. Af­ter the Amer­i­can round I took a small va­ca­tion to en­joy the transat­lantic trip and I ap­proached the fi­nal rounds feel­ing very calm and re­laxed.

In Oc­to­ber, I will travel to the Ca­nary Isles with my girl­friend for some qual­ity down­time away from tri­als. The whole team has once again given me the best sup­port I could ever ex­pect and be­yond, when­ever it has been needed. I value the sup­port from ev­ery­one in­volved who helps and en­cour­ages me, and so it’s a mas­sive thank you to you all.

Un­til Next Time – Ride On!

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