"The best way to start the season is with a win, but the Final was certainly very demanding today with a couple of sections in particular that were really challenging," Bou said. "In fact, the whole X-Trial was tough. This victory is especially pleasing after I missed X-Trial Budapest in 2018 through injury. I was quite satisfied with my physical condition after my more recent crash in December, and I am therefore sure that I will be able to compete at full-strength in Barcelona next time out," the Spaniard concluded.
Runner-up Adam Raga was disappointed not to repeat his success of last year but was happy with his overall performance.
"Itå«s obviously a shame that I missed out on the win by so little, but I was able to take it right to the end which is the main thing," Raga said. "Second place is a good way to start the season, and most importantly I had a good feeling on the bike in some really demanding sections."
In the main change to the event format for this new season, a Consolation Final now determines third and fourth positions, and it was Jeroni Fajardo who came out victorious in the third place play-offå«s first iteration. Veteran Fajardo claimed his 28th career podium after beating GasGas teammate Jaime Busto, the latter struggling with two fiascos after performing well to qualify from Round Two.
"I was only one point from the Final after a fall in Round Two but I am pleased I recovered quickly and third place is a good reward," Fajardo said. "My performance and victory in the Consolation Final prove that I can now fight for the podium places at every Round."