Eight-time World Champion Toni Bou continues his dominance in the indoor trials series, the Spaniard winning round two of the 2015 FIM X-Trial Championship in Marseille, France.The victory at round two of six was Bou’s 28th-consecutive victory in the indoor series, reinforcing his trials dominance. With his win, the Repsol Honda pilot extended his lead to 40 points – 13 ahead of the men tied in second place, Sherco’s Albert Cabestany and Gas Gas’ Adam Raga.
The Palais des Sports in Marseille featured a six-zone itinerary, with the final zone running in a reverse direction.Bou was the only rider to finish the finale without penalty, and also received two “zeros” in zones four and five. This allowed him to take the win before 4,500 fans. Rounding out the podium at Marseille X-Trial was Raga and Cabestany.Toni Bou says “It was a great victory, with a very hard qualifying, where I could not have any mistake if I wanted to continue. The finale was also very complicated, as I like them. I was even able to take some risks in the last zone for the public to enjoy. I’m very happy with this type of races, which are really worthy to be part of the World Championship: you need to push the limits and today I want to congratulate the organizers.”The 2015 FIM X-Trial Championship continues next Friday, Feb. 6, in the French town of Pau.2015 Marseille X-Trial Results, Round 2: 1. Toni Bou Repsol Honda 11 points 2. Adam Raga Gas Gas 15 points 3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 24 points 4. Jeroni Fajardo Beta 25 points 5. Alexandre Ferrer Sherco 12 points2015 X-Trial Championship Point Standings: 1. Toni Bou Repsol Honda 40 points 2. Adam Raga Gas Gas 27 points 3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 27 points 4. Jeroni Fajardo Beta 18 points 5. Alexandre Ferrer Sherco 12 points
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!