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Another Toni Bou Barcelona Victory Opens 2023 X-Trial Season

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Photo of X-Trials rider Toni Bou at the 2023 Barcelona X-Trials
The reigning Champion Toni Bou claimed his sixteenth X-Trial Barcelona win

Toni Bou celebrated a century of X-Trial World Championship appearances with his 74th win and a near-perfect start to the 2023 season at the X-Trial Barcelona.

Bou was made to wait until the final section of the night to take his sixteenth win in the Catalan capital, where Jaime Busto made a critical error that allowed Gabriel Marcelli to steal second and a 1-2 finish for Repsol Honda.

The biggest story of the opening two Rounds was the elimination of Adam Raga, ending his run of 43 consecutive podiums in a run that stretched back to Sheffield 2014.

Section One proved decisive, helping Jaime Busto to victory in Round One and the first World Championship bonus point. Meanwhile, Toni Bou was left in a three-way tie for third at the end of the opening Round after his first failure there, but a lap later a single mark score saw him through to the Final and with his first series bonus point as top seed from Round Two. Gabriel Marcelli also made his second ride count; after suffering from injury woes and a flat tyre in his opening outing, a superb 2-mark second lap sent him through to the Final alongside his teammate.

Behind, Jeroni Fajardo marked his return to the World Championship with fifth as a Wild Card, finishing a single mark ahead of Benoit Bincaz and Toby Martyn, with the Frenchman getting the verdict for sixth thanks to his superior Round Two performance. Sondre Haga took eighth ahead of Matteo Grattarola, the Italian visibly struggling with injury on his Vertigo debut.

Photo of X-Trials rider Gabriel Marcelli at the 2023 Barcelona X-Trials
Gabriel Marcelli, was on the second step of the podium after a brilliant performance

“I’m very happy to start the season with a victory in Barcelona,” Bou said. “We were a bit behind in the first round, but on the second round I felt more comfortable and that allowed me to finish first and contest the final. The last round was very good, I felt great and I rode very solidly “

Runner-up Gabriel Marcelli was happy with second after hurting himself early on, “Opening the season on the podium is great, especially considering that I strained my right leg injury in the first section, which could have been really costly. In the second round, I made a big step forward that sent me into the Final. It is great to be back on the podium here in Barcelona and now the target is consistency,” Marcelli said.

Photo of X-Trials rider Jaime Busto at the 2023 Barcelona X-Trials
Jaime Busto finished third in his debut ride with GasGas

Jaime Busto was happy with third in his debut with GasGas “I am satisfied with this opening podium. I felt really good on the bike in my first official outing with Gas Gas and I started very well, winning the first Round. In the second Round things were a little tougher, but enough to make the Final. And making the podium is the main thing.”

Meanwhile, in the Barcelona Women’s Trophy, Emma Bristow took her third win ahead of Naomi Monnier and Berta Abellán who finished six marks behind.

The FIM X-Trial World Championship next heads to Wiener Neustadt on 11th March.

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