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Toni Bou Adds A New City To His Roll Of Honour

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Photo of trials rider Toni Bou at the 2023 X-Trial Pamplona
Toni Bou achieved his second victory of the season at the third round of the year, consolidating his lead in the overall standings.

Toni Bou got back to winning ways as X-Trial made its first visit to the Spanish region Navarra, claiming X-Trial Pamplona with an exceptional ride in the Grand Final.

Bou, defeated a fortnight earlier at Wiener Neustadt, responded perfectly in front of a near capacity crowd at the Navarra Arena. Despite the disadvantageous first starting position as a result of defeats in the opening two Rounds of the night, Bou completed his six-section performance with just three marks against his name, ultimately enough for a nine-mark advantage over his nearest rivals.

By the Final’s halfway stage, Gabriel Marcelli and Jaime Busto had already suffered their first failures while Bou was still clean, leaving his rivals to scrap for second. A crucial failure for Busto in Section Five gave Marcelli the verdict, the X-Trial following a similar pattern to the season opener in Barcelona, with Busto claiming the first bonus point of the night only to then undo his hard work with a late error in the Final. Busto’s third place finish means Toni Bou extends his series lead from five to twelve points.

“It was a tough night mentally, as everything was very tight,” Bou said. “In the final, I performed at my best and I am very happy. The other riders pushed me and it’s a victory that means a lot. I knew that in the final we had to start very strong, pushing from the beginning, and that is what we tried to do; We were aggressive and it worked out very well. I’m also very happy to be racing in a new city, in front of passionate fans, and I am happy to add a new venue to my record with a victory.”

Photo of trials rider Gabriel Marcelli at the 2023 X-Trial Pamplona
Gabriel Marcelli was second after a great performance at the Navarra Arena.

Meanwhile, Marcelli’s runner-up result sees him move ten clear of Adam Raga who for the second time this season missed out on a podium place.

“I was very consistent throughout the night and I’m very happy with the job we have done,” Marcelli said. “We have met our objectives and I felt very good throughout the race. We took second place, which means a good number of points for the championship, and it’s fantastic. Right now we are third overall and closing the gap. The objective for the next race will be to fight for the win.”

Failures in Section Four in each of the opening two Rounds ultimately left Raga seven marks from qualification to the Final. Further back, Toby Martyn held on well under pressure for fifth place ahead of Wild Card Aniol Gelabert by just a single mark.

Photo of trials rider Jaime Busto at the 2023 X-Trial Pamplona
Jamie Busto was happy to be on the podium close to his home.

Third placed Jaime Busto was happy with his performance but not the result.

“I am happy with how I rode in the first two Rounds but not really satisfied with the eventual result. I made a couple of mistakes in the Final that limited my options. But anyway, remaining on the podium and this close to home is very pleasing.”

The bottom three were cut some way adrift of the rest; Sondre Haga taking seventh after a strong second run, Benoit Bincaz avoiding the basement position by finishing his night with three consecutive cleans, and Matteo Grattarola relegated to last place for the second time this season with six failures in ten sections.

The X-Trial World Championship next heads to France for X-Trial Bordeaux on 7th April.

Photo of trials rider Toni Bou at the 2023 X-Trial Pamplona
Toni Bou took his second win of the season in the X-Trial Championship and Gabriel Marcelli places second

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