STILL HAPPY STILL WINNING
I talk so many times with my father about life and being happy, as we still keep winning, the happiness comes with the success. This comes at a price though as I dedicate myself to the ultimate goal every time I throw my leg over the Repsol Honda. I have been asked many times about the choice of the four-stroke Cota 4RT, is it as good as the best two-strokes? My answer is always the same, it is simply the best!
Starting the season with a win, injury free, and happy with life has to be a bonus. If I am honest, I expected to have pushed all season; Adam Raga is always there, as is Jeroni Fajardo and, of course, my fellow Repsol Honda team member, Takahisa Fujinami; I really do have to be at my very best at every round to keep them at bay. It really is a difficult task. But what’s interesting is the fact that the fight for the second position has allowed me to open up a small advantage at every round this season, and so the points advantage increased to give me the title with one round remaining.
I am going to the last round as a Spanish world champion riding in the Spanish round, it does not get much better than that, and as always I will be trying to do my very best. When Jaime Busto finished second in France I was not surprised, he has a tremendous talent and when it’s applied and works well, what he can achieve on a trials motorcycle is incredible – sometimes it even scares me!
As riders in TrialGB, we are very much a family and can take some laughter when things go wrong; such as when Jaime landed in the waist-deep water in Portugal on the second run in qualifying. Once he had settled, we all had a laugh about it. He wasn’t hurt — just crashed trying to do his best. The sight of him up to his waist in water certainly gave us all something to talk about!
Before I close, I would once again — for the 26th time [he laughs] — like to thank everyone who contributes to this growing record of FIM Trial World Championship titles. It’s a pleasure to know and work with you all. And, as for the fans, it’s a pleasure to see the applause that you keep giving me. Thank you.
Until next time – Toni ‘Dynamite’ Bou