NO REST

With the 2018 FIM X-Trial World Cham­pi­onship start­ing in De­cem­ber 2017 at Vendee in France the sea­son lasted a lit­tle longer than usual. It made my fes­tive break a lit­tle shorter than I would have liked, but with the 2018 now well un­der way we have no res

Trial Magazine - - TALK TRIALS - WORDS: TONI BOU AND JOHN HULME • PICTURES: MONTESA AND HONDA

Ev­ery time I ride in a com­pe­ti­tion I know that my fel­low rid­ers all want to beat me — it’s the na­ture of the game when you have set the level so high. With many rid­ers chang­ing ma­chines for 2018 it will be in­ter­est­ing to see who can chal­lenge not just my­self but my con­stant ri­val Adam Raga on a more con­sis­tent ba­sis.

Adam had a mas­sive crash at Vendee in the qual­i­fy­ing, but for­tu­nately it was with­out in­jury. My old team-mate at Rep­sol Honda Jaime Busto took sec­ond po­si­tion, with Adam third. I then went to Bu­dapest in Hun­gary to help pub­li­cise the last event in the 2018 FIM X-Trial sea­son, to be held in March, and it looks very much that it will be a huge suc­cess based on the en­thu­si­asm from the or­gan­is­ers. Whilst there I had a small va­ca­tion with my girl­friend, and we def­i­nitely en­joyed this vi­brant city and its cul­ture with some much needed time away from tri­als.

My first com­pet­i­tive ride of the New Year was at Sh­effield. De­spite the fact it was not a world cham­pi­onship round I al­ways en­joy the event and the fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere from the crowd. My mas­sive jump across sec­tion one in the qual­i­fy­ing was maybe a lit­tle crazy! It felt as though I was in the air for ages yet it was only a few sec­onds. Be­lieve me though, the win was not as easy as it may have looked. As you read this the FIM X-Trial Cham­pi­onship con­tin­ues in suc­ces­sion through to my home event in Barcelona. Be there!

Un­til Next Time – Ride On! – Toni

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