To further recover from injuries sustained (three broken vertebrae) during an X-Trial event during February in Le Mans that was not part of the FIM X-Trial Championship, Bou will sit out this week’s final round in Budpest.“It’s a shame I can’t compete in Budapest, but doctors have told me it’s better not to take more risks,” Toni Bou says. “It is the most sensible and logical option that I have, since I overdid things by participating in Paris. I have all the parts of the spinal column very loaded up and it is a very sensitive area where many nerves pass through.“The hours after the X-Trial in Paris were pretty bad really, and I think it is best not to take part in this and concentrate on recovery. With the title in the bag, I can now think in a more coherent way and the decision we’ve made is the smartest one, if I want to come back stronger in the next event.”Next up for Bou is the eight-round FIM Trial Championship (outdoor), which begins in May 20 in Spain. Bou has 11 outdoor Trial titles; combined with his X-Trial (indoor) titles, Bou has a record 23 FIM titles in the trial’s series.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!