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
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.
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.