2012 Paris X-Trial World Championship
Although he clinched the 2012 X-Trial World Championship two weeks ago in Milan, his sixth indoor title, this didn’t stop Repsol Honda’s Toni Bou from putting in another stellar performance at the season-closer in Paris Saturday.
This was Bou’s first visit to the Palais Omnisports in Paris-Bercy, a round of very difficult zones. When the semi-final arrived, Bou closed it with eight points less than Jeroni Fajardo (Beta), and then put in another unforgettable finale to take the win. The win was Bou’s 16th consecutive Trial Indoor World Championship.
Bou has now won the seven rounds of this year’s X-Trial Championship, took the victory in six rounds in 2011, and won four of the five rounds held in 2010. Since he started to compete in the Indoor World Championship in 2007, Toni Bou has taken part in 36 rounds -always as a Repsol rider- and took 29 wins and 6 second places.
Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda Trial) says: “It was amazing. It was the first time I competed in Paris and I really wanted to win in this impressive stage. But it was not only that I was willing to get a victory here, but also to leave behind the crash I had in Milan. I wanted to forget it as soon as possible and I did it.
“With the Championship title already secured, I was able to compete without pressure and I enjoyed a lot the zones, that at the beginning did not seem very difficult, but they were very complicated. It was a night to celebrate and I am aware that very few times a victory can be enjoyed as I did today>”
2012 X-Trial World Championship Paris Results:
1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) 3 points
2. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) 21 points
3. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) 27 points
4. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 29 points
5. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 16 points
2012 X-Trial World Championship Overall Standings:
1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) 140 points
2. Albert Cabestany (Sherco) 87 points
3. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) 84 points
4. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda) 69 points
5. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) 51 points