"Albert Cabestany was riding really well and was looking like winning it so I had to ride like never before. So now the conditions for going into the final X-Trial event have improved: having everything still in play would have been really tough. Nevertheless it‰Ûªs not going to be easy and we will be a bit nervous. Nothing has been finished yet.
Bou set out his stall early the qualifying round, putting on a fine technical display that saw him taking top spot on the leaderboard. In the final, the Spaniard held his adversaries in check with consistently low marks and a minimum number of errors in the six sections that made up the course. The Montesa Cota 4RT rider put the icing on the cake in the final section, highlighting his superiority, as Bou became the only rider to make it over the obstacles mark-free.
Bou now commands the championship standings with an eight-point advantage over nearest rival Adam Raga, who finished behind Albert Cabestany on the day. Maintaining this advantage will see Bou, once again, crowned champion in Marseille next weekend.
Takahisa Fujinami, once again, finished one point shy of the final, which is disputed by just the top four. A single mark more than Jeroni Fajardo in the qualifying round meant the Japanese rider had to sit out the final, although he had shown some classy riding on a day where one minor mistake was enough to rule him out of the final round. Marseille next week will be the season‰Ûªs final opportunity.