Repsol Honda’s Bou Wins Mallorca X-Trial
FIM X-Trial World Championship
Repsol’s Toni Bou is one step closer to another FIM X-Trial World Championship following yet another dominating performance over the weekend.
The Spaniard took his sixth win this year at Palma Arena in Mallorca, making for a perfect 2012 FIM X-Trial season. Wiht only one round remaining in Milan next weekend, Bou only needs a fifth-place finish or better to secure his sixth consecutive title in the series.
The Repsol Montesa Honda rider was joined on the Mallorca podium by Sherco’s Albert Cabestany and Bou’s teammate, Takahisa Fujinami.
Repsol reports that the zones of the Mallorca Trial Indoor did not offer huge technical difficulties, which why six riders were tied with zero points in the qualifying.
Qualifying was led by Bou, who had been the fastest in the zone. In the semifinal round, only one point separated the three riders who finally took the podium and in the finale, the several times World Champion was able to finish the three zones with no penalty.
Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) says: "Now I can say that most of the job is done, with five victories and an advantage of 34 points when there are only 40 up for grabs. In Milan we will not change our approach and I will go with my mind set on achieving a new triumph.
"Here, in Palma Arena, the important thing was not a difference of more or less points, but to avoid any mistakes that would have been very difficult to recover due to the zones’ features. Everything went perfectly well."
With 100 points in X-Trial FIM World Championship overall standings, Bou gathered nearly all points up for grabs. The series now travels to Milan next Saturday.
2012 Mallorca FIM X-Trial Championship Results:
1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) 2 points
2. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 4 points
3. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) 10 points
4. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 11 points
5. Loris Gubian (Gas Gas) 12 points
2012 FIM X-Trial Championship Points (after six of seven rounds):
1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) 100 points
2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 66 points
3. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 63 points
4. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) 51 points
5. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) 27 points