FIM X-Trial

How do you stop the tri­als robot that is Toni Bou (Rep­sol-Honda-ESP) from win­ning? An in­vi­ta­tion in­door tri­als com­pe­ti­tion in France left him with three bro­ken ver­te­brae in his back. Any other rider would have been out of ac­tion for a long pe­riod of re­cup

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The new for­mat for the in­door X-Trial se­ries may have at­tracted its crit­ics but what it has done is given a new gen­er­a­tion of younger riders the op­por­tu­nity to dis­play their skills in front of packed are­nas across Europe, well nearly! The ma­jor­ity of the rounds have been held in France with the cham­pi­onship only vis­it­ing ad­di­tional venues in Spain and Hun­gary but the 2Play Event pro­duc­tion man­ager, Bernard Estri­peau, has promised a much big­ger and bet­ter se­ries in 2019. With sell out sta­di­ums, 2018 has been a huge suc­cess and bodes well for the fu­ture of the in­door cham­pi­onship hav­ing gone through the learn­ing curve of its vir­gin year un­der the realm of the new regime.

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Toni Bou (Rep­sol Honda-ESP): Still the best mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als rider in the world, this year has seen Toni fight­ing dis­com­fort and pain from a trapped nerve in his neck but this has no way stopped his win­ning ways. Hav­ing won the open­ing five rounds he was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped on his back at a non-cham­pi­onship in­door on Sun­day the 18th Fe­bru­ary at Le Mans in France. The re­sult was three dam­aged ver­te­brae in his back which looked like he may have to miss the re­main­ing three rounds. With the sixth round in Seville, Spain can­celled he fo­cused on be­ing fit for the sev­enth round. As we all now know the rules at the be­gin­ning stated that ev­ery rider could drop their worst scor­ing round, mak­ing Bou once again the world cham­pion be­fore round seven. In truth he could have missed Paris but like any true war­rior he put up a brave fight be­fore the pain and dis­com­fort pushed him down to fifth on the day.

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