The final turned out to be a face-off with former team-mate Jaime Busto, whose six points were no match for the incumbent champion who picked up a solitary penalty mark en route to victory.
"We have started a new season and we knew that we would have a fight on our hands, especially when we saw how easy the sections were," Bou said. "Jaime pushed harder than we‰Ûªd expected, putting in a very good lap and turning out to be a great rival. I think I made a few more mistakes and if things continue like this, the championship could turn out to be a hotly-disputed one. It is important to start with a victory and with good sensations. Now we will rest a bit and continue with the pre-season which we haven‰Ûªt yet been able to do so far."
Jaime Busto was happy with his second place finish on debut with his new GasGas team.
‰ÛÏItå«s been a great debut with a new team and on a new bike," Busto said. "I felt comfortable right from the start, and making it to the Final is the result of excellent work from the whole GasGas team. I tried my best to make things difficult for Toni right to the last momento, and Iå«m happy with the result, my riding and the atmosphere in VendÌ©e today."
After a scary moment in the final Adam Raga was content with the final podium place.
‰ÛÏI had a scary moment at the end of the last section on the first lap because I lost control of the bike, and it was a big hit," Raga explained. "Thankfully I wasnå«t injured, and I rode well in the Semi Final, even if a place in the Final got away from me by a point. Considering how the trial started, making it to the podium is a good result.‰Û