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Hard-fought Montpellier victory for Bou

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Hard-fought Montpellier victory for Bou
The reigning X-Trial World Champion Toni Bou (Montesa) took a majestic victory in the second round of the campaign, in front of the French crowd in Montpellierå«s Sud de France Arena last weekend.

The X-Trial proved particularly demanding for the riders, providing not only close scoring, but an exciting spectacle and contest for the podium places, which were decided by minimal margins.

In the Final itself, Bou claimed victory by a five-mark margin over Adam Raga, gaining critical advantages in the second and fifth sections. The TRS rider gained back a single mark in section four, but then conceded two in section five and Bou was able to put one hand on the trophy.
Hard-fought Montpellier victory for Bou
Toni Bou on his way to his second win in as many starts
Raga's best moments were arguably reserved for the second round of Heats where he came out on top and James Dabill (Beta) was the best-scoring non-qualifier to claim the third step on the podium. Benoit Bincaz missed out on a first podium by just two marks despite a stunning performance on the challenging Section Two, but claimed fourth position on countback after a tie with Miquel Gelabert. The young Spaniardå«s fifth place finish, as the best å«event riderå« sees him progress as an automatic qualifier to the third round of the Championship in Toulouse next Friday. Jeroni Fajardo finished behind his fellow countryman and last in the second round after three failed sections and with an eighteen-mark total.

In one of the biggest shocks of the night Jaime Busto, who finished second in the opening round in Vend̩e, had a catastrophic night that saw him finish at the bottom of the pile in Montpellier. Having fallen to a five-mark score in section three, he dropped to fiascos in the last two sections of the lap and to elimination. Home representative Alexandre Ferrer (Sherco) and Japanese legend Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa) were also eliminated in the opening round of Heats.

"Victory was very important and particularly hard, with both the second round and the Final proving particularly demanding," Bou said. " In the first section of the second round I tried three times at the start and it cost me physically, even though I wasnå«t able to get through the section that nobody managed; my back in particular started to hurt. Adam made things very difficult for me in the Final and the level of the event was very high. Victories like todayå«s are crucial in the context of the Championship.‰Û
Hard-fought Montpellier victory for Bou

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