2012 FIM X-Trial World ChampionshipRepsol Montesa Honda’s Toni Bou did it once again – following his sixth-consecutive FIM X-Trial World Championship win this past weekend at Milan, Italy, the Spaniard garnered yet another indoor championship.
With his victory at round six of seven, Bou completes a faultless season en route to his sixth consecutive FIM X-Trial Championship. Bou now has more titles than anyone else in the series, and has won 15-conscutive events in the past three years.During the Milan round in the Fila Forum, Bou was joined on the podium by his rival Adam Raga (Gas Gas) and Albert Cabestany (Sherco), respecitvely.Bou began the penultimate round typical-dominant fashion, although he suffered a crash on the last section during the final. Up to that point, Bou had an aggressive lead, but found himself tied with Raga.Bou, who suffered a slight injury to his back during the crash, managed to beat Raga in a dual-lane race. Although a difficult victory, Bou further built upon his indoor-trial dominance.The win achieved today in Milan is the fifteenth consecutive in the Indoor World Championship. The last time the Repsol rider did not get on the highest step of the podium was more than two years ago (January 23rd, 2010, in Marseille) when he finished second. Before the round held this Saturday, Strasburg, Geneva, Marseille, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca surrendered this year to Toni Bou’s display of talent, Repsol says.This new title consolidates the Repsol Montesa Honda Team rider as one of the most important figures of the history of this sport. At only 26, his X-trial World titel places him as the most successful indoor rider, ahead of Dougie Lampkin (5 Indoor World Championships). Bou and Repsol also have 5 outdoor World Championships and 7 Spanish Championships (5 Indoor and 2 Outdoor) at the beginning of their sixth season together.Bou will return to the track Saturday, March 31, for the final round of this 2012 X-Trial World Championship in Paris.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!