Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou has taken the victory at the fifth round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship in Bilbao making it his fifth win in a row for the season.
For the third Round in succession, rival Adam Raga (TRRS) took the X-Trial to a decisive Final Section.
Raga put in his best performances in the opening two Rounds, getting the better of Bou by four marks in the preliminary phase then three during the Heats. But the pendulum swung back to Bou in the Final, when Raga suffered the first fiasco of the lap and dropped four marks behind. Bou survived a scare in the penultimate Section, falling heavily with the bike following him to the ground, when Raga also failed the hazard.
A newly inspired Benoit Bincaz followed up his fourth place in X-Trial Barcelona with a first podium of the 2020 season, ironically at the venue where he scored his last podium in 2019. The Frenchman finished Round One in third place and, although he struggled slightly in the Heat stages, pipped Jeroni Fajardo by a single mark in the Consolation Final.
Fajardo crucially got the better of Jorge Casales to secure qualification to X-Trial Wiener Neustadt, his fourth place in Bilbao and the absence of Jaime Busto giving him the upper hand in the race for bronze. Gabriel Marcelli pushed Fajardo all the way in Heat Two but missed out on countback with Fajardo posting the faster time.