Oc­to­ber most cer­tainly was ‘Show­time’ with the launch of the new 2020 model Montesa Cota 301RR and our end-of­sea­son Montesa party at the run­ning of the 19th Mon­te­sada day in Spain. The new model’s launch was well at­tended and en­joyed by many who wanted to see what the fac­tory has been up to. The end re­sult is very much a ma­chine that can be rid­den and en­joyed at all lev­els of abil­ity, based around the FIM Trial2 ma­chines rid­den to so much suc­cess in the world cham­pi­onship se­ries.

Yes, I am bi­ased about the per­for­mance from the Cota 4RT four-stroke en­gine as it has taken me to so much suc­cess, which brings me nicely around to the Mon­te­sada day. It’s ba­si­cally an end-of-sea­son gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate not just the world cham­pi­onship suc­cess but the brand of Montesa.

Many of the en­thu­si­asts both old and new join to­gether to talk and en­joy Montesa; it’s re­ally good to meet and talk to them, they are gen­uine en­thu­si­asts and some I have known all my life. With my fel­low team riders Takahisa Fu­ji­nami, the new FIM Trial2 World Cham­pion, Gabriel Mar­celli, Mat­teo Grat­tarola and Francesc Moret in at­ten­dance, putting on a rid­ing dis­play it soon be­comes very com­pet­i­tive amongst us! I have one par­tic­u­lar haz­ard we can put a su­perb rid­ing dis­play on that re­quires jump­ing up and land­ing on a strong tree branch be­fore rid­ing off it. When I first dis­cov­ered it, if I am hon­est, I crashed a few times as did that crazy Ja­panese ‘Kid’ Fu­ji­gas. Now we have young ‘Gabby’ Mar­celli who is rid­ing on the crest of a wave hav­ing won his first world ti­tle. After some se­ri­ous leg-pulling that he could not do it, he lis­tened to me and ‘Fuji’ be­fore he even­tu­ally con­quered it, as did Mat­teo and Francesc. Gabby is most cer­tainly a rider on the move and im­prov­ing all the time. He is younger than me and fu­ture ta­lent in Tri­alGP, let me tell you.

As we close 2019, I want to once again con­vey my thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ports me in the world cham­pi­onship. The suc­cess con­tin­ues as a team ef­fort; it’s not just me who rides the Rep­sol Honda but ev­ery­one else, in­clud­ing the spon­sors, plays a ma­jor part in what we achieve to­gether. As for the Bri­tish fans you will no doubt be com­ing along to the Sh­effield In­door event, so un­til then have a good Christ­mas!

Un­til next time – Toni ‘Dy­na­mite’ Bou.


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