STILL HAPPY STILL WIN­NING

Trial Magazine - - WELCOME - WORDS: TONI BOU WITH JOHN HULME • PIC­TURES: TRI­ALS ME­DIA

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

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