Although Toni Bou began the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship with an injury, the Repsol Honda pilot quickly returned to his winning ways.And after another season of dueling with Gas Gas’ Adam Raga, Bou earned his 10th consecutive outdoor trial’s title, which was the 20th of his career when including indoor trial championships.
The title arrived after Bou dominated the Italian Trial Grand Prix, providing him with his 12th win of the season, and 88th in the Trial World Championship – 86 of those were with the Repsol Honda team. Bou’s first title aboard the Montesa COTA 4RT arrived in 2007. He also won 10-straight indoor trials, now known as the X Trial World Championship.Bou began the season off with injury, finishing second on the first day of the Spanish Trial Grand Prix – a very unusual result for the Spaniard. But come day two in Spain, Bou won, and continued winning 12 additional races.“Today is a really special day. When you win a championship it is something great. It has been a very special season, with some back problems at the beginning of the year. I was able to keep gradually improving until it was almost my best season,” Toni Bou says.“I wish to thank all of those who have helped me to achieve it; the entire team, my family and friends. This is a really special moment and I couldn’t dream of anything better. Now I’m going to think about the trial, next season and how I can improve things. Thank you very much for all support to us.”Yoshishige Nomura, HRC President, says “I would like to thank Toni, Team staff, all the sponsor and Trial fans all over the world. To be the 10th consecutive Champion in the competition with strong rivals, he must be in a different special dimension. I will share joys of this feat with a lot of people. HRC will continue conducting racing activities in a way that will bring fun and excitement to motorsports fans.”
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