TALK TRIALS: TONI BOU
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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