2016 Barcelona X-Trail Results
The 2016 FIM X-Trial Championship begin in an unusual way for Repsol’s Toni Bou. The 18-time champion (nine indoor, nine outdoor) finished second behind Gas Gas’ Adam Raga; it was the first time Bou ever lost the opening round of an X-Trail event.
But the Spaniard returned to the top of the podium this past weekend at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona for round two of five. He qualified for the grande finale with 0 penalty points; Bou was the only rider to do this. He dueled with Raga throughout, and was forced to recover from a 10-foot fall in zone five – an obstacle no rider was able to complete.
Joining Bou on the overall podium at 2016 Barcelona X-Trial was Raga and Sherco’s Albert Cabestanay. Bou is now tied with Raga for 35 points in the series. The X-Trial Championship now breaks until March 19 (Austria).
“I’m very happy with this result, because the Barcelona race is always very important for me, Bou says. “Furthermore, after the second place in Sheffield and in such a short championship, it’s difficult to get here and not being nervous. In the first lap I felt more comfortable than in the second, where I started well and could set the difference in zone 3, taking some risks. But then I had a problem in zone 5, which I think I could’ve been able to pass. It was a difficult victory and I was very nervous, but I’m satisfied with this result for the championship.”
2016 Barcelona X-Trial Results:
1. Toni Bou Repsol Honda 10 points
2. Adam Raga TRS 14 points
3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 19 points
4. Jeroni Fajardo Beta 27 points
5. Takahisa Fujinami Repsol Honda 13 points
2016 FIM X-Trial Point Standings:
1. Toni Bou Repsol Honda 35 points
2. Adam Raga TRS 35 points
3. Albert Cabestany Sherco 24 points
4. Jeroni Fajardo Beta 18 points
5. Takahisa Fujinami Repsol Honda 12 points