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!