Trial Magazine


- Words: Toni Bou with John Hulme • Pictures: Trials Media and Montesa/Honda

After such a tough time for the sport in 2020, I am really looking forward to 2021. COVID-19 has affected everyone worldwide, some more than others, and we still have to respect that it’s not over yet but learn to live with it. Following COVID restrictio­ns and government guidelines, I continue with the same goal in the sport I love, and that is to keep winning as I enter my 15th season with the Repsol Honda Team.

It’s like a big reflection in a mirror when I look at the past 15 years as we aim to repeat a world championsh­ip-winning season in 2021. We’re human, but sometimes I have to pinch myself on the reality that I have

116 TrialGP victories, 158 podiums and 14 FIM Trial World Championsh­ip outdoor titles. In addition to my 66 X-Trial victories and 14 indoor titles, and yes, sometimes the odd ‘pinch’ on the skin is needed!

Whilst I am talking facts and figures, I have been very fortunate to share the same team member at Repsol Honda since I arrived in the team in 2007, the original ‘King of Cool’ Japan’s Takahisa Fujinami. 2021 marks ’Fujigas’ competing in the premier league of the sport for 26 years since his debut in 1996. He also shares an impressive record of results, with 22 seasons in the top five and claiming the world championsh­ip title in 2004 on the twostroke Cota 315R, as well as taking 33 victories and 167 podium finishes.

Believe me, if there is ever a book published across these times, it will be full of adventure as we both enjoy life to the full.

As a team, we have enjoyed 14 consecutiv­e years with double titles. I mention the word ‘team’ as there are so many people who I am very grateful to who have made this happen. We are living a dream, and we must try to continue along this path even through these difficult times.

Until next time — Toni ‘Dynamite’ Bou.

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2007 Team Toni Bou Repsol Honda 2007 Team Repsol Honda
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