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Adam Raga Takes Top Spot in Budapest

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Adam Raga took his second win in a row at the Budapest X-Trial. Credit: 2Play
Adam Raga has brought the curtain down on the FIM X-Trial World Championship with an impressive victory in the first-ever X-Trial Budapest

The X-Trial World Championship arrived in Budapest for the first time, and it was Adam Raga who returned to the top in an X-Trial that was only decided in the final section.

The 4-times World Champion met Jaime Busto in the Final for a second successive round, but after defeat at the youngsterå«s hands at X-Trial Paris, Raga took his revenge in Budapest. The TRS star finished top in both Round One and Round Two of the heats before snatching victory in the Final, but he could never rest easy as Busto took the X-Trial right to the last section. Each rider came into the deciding Section Five on just a single mark and with the Hungarian crowd, witnessing X-Trial for the first time, on the edge of their seats. And it was Raga who took victory as, after a five-mark score for direct rival Jaime Busto, he was able to make it through the same section with just two dropped marks.
Jaime Busto fought a close battle with Adam Raga for the win but walked away with a second place. Credit: 2Play
"It was a great win and the best way to close the Championship," Raga said. "I dominated the first two Rounds, and won the Final as well, although that wasnå«t decided until the last section because Jaime made things very difficult for me. This result consolidates the strong finishing straight that I have put in towards the end of this Championship, and shows that my hard work in recovering from injury was well worth it.‰Û
Benoit Bincaz has proved to be stron in his rookie year, securing a second podium finish of the year. Credit: 2Play
Newcomers Luca Petrella and Gabriel Marcelli were early eliminees, with Alexandre Ferrer also dropping out in Round One.

Despite X-Trial arriving in Hungary for the first time, almost 4,000 fans enjoyed the spectacle in the Budapest SportArena.

The X-Trial calendar reaches its conclusion on the 6th April, when the Palais Nikaia in Nice will welcome team competition with the 2018 X-Trial of Nations.
The Budapest X-Trial podium. Credit: 2Play

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