I would de­scribe my life as very priv­i­leged. Yes, I work very hard to fine-tune my rid­ing and the time in the gym is re­lent­less. Com­pe­ti­tion time is where I have to per­form and de­liver, and it’s some­thing I have been very good at for the past twelve years! You have to sac­ri­fice a ‘nor­mal’ life to do my job and be the very best. The re­ward is to be at the very top of your game and also to be sur­rounded by a fan­tas­tic team who in turn are also pre­pared to give their very best at all times. The op­por­tu­nity to ‘Put on a show’ for th­ese peo­ple and also the sup­port­ers of Mon­tesa is some­thing I look for­ward to ev­ery year at Mon­tesa’s grand fi­esta, La Mon­te­sada.

De­spite the in­jury prob­lems that af­fected me dur­ing a tough 2018 sea­son I am now very much back to feel­ing close to my very best. When you get an in­jury you have to look at dam­age lim­i­ta­tion, as at times dur­ing the sea­son you have no op­tion but to keep rid­ing; Bel­gium was a good ex­am­ple of this. I have to thank the Rep­sol Honda team doc­tor Joaquim Ter­ri­cabras and all his med­i­cal staff, who have been a very im­por­tant part to help­ing me re­cover from my in­juries.

Look­ing ahead to 2019, just before the Mon­te­sada Day we spent a very suc­cess­ful few days work­ing with the team, which was very pro­duc­tive as we had the op­por­tu­nity away from the com­pe­ti­tions to test some new de­vel­op­ment ideas on the four-stroke Cota 4RT. You may all think I have the best ma­chine, but with Honda it’s al­ways a case of look­ing for per­fec­tion and the more feed­back we as a team give the engineers the bet­ter they can make the ma­chine. Mon­te­sada Day has now been run­ning since 2001 and this year was a fan­tas­tic oc­ca­sion with the 50th year of pro­duc­tion of the Cota model; Mon­tesa I take my hat off to you.

Before I close the column for 2018 I would like to thank ev­ery­one who keeps Toni Bou at the top of his game and my many fans around the globe; have a good Christ­mas and Happy New Year.

Un­til Next Time – Ride On! – Toni


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