Motorcycle Racing News Bou Wins 6th FIM X-Trial Championship

Bou Wins 6th FIM X-Trial Championship

2012 FIM X-Trial World Championship

Repsol 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.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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