Repsol Montesa Honda Toni Bou has restored his 2019 X-Trial Championship lead leaving Bilbao after a fine victory in another close-fought Final.
Just as at X-Trial Barcelona two weeks ago the winner was only determined in the final section, in which the reigning Champion held on two a two-mark advantage over TRRS' Adam Raga to secure his 59th career victory.
Barcelona winner Raga ensured another close-fought night, topping the Standings in Round One and matching Bouå«s efforts in Round Two. But his rival snatched the early lead in the Final, making it through the challenging Section Two with a clean after Raga had recorded a five. The margin was further extended in Section Four, putting Bou within touching distance of victory, although he then failed in his bid to secure the trophy with a section to spare with a Section Five failure. Still two marks clear, Bou was left to hold his nerve to claim the win and with it the Championship lead.
‰ÛÏThis victory is very important and has been hard-won, since Adam rode well throughout the night," Bou said. "As a result of my fall in Barcelona I havenå«t been able to train how I might have liked, so that makes this win even more special. It also means I re-take the lead of the Championship, which is very important when things are so close.‰Û