The first ever X-Trial Rennes, witnessed by over 3,500 spectators that packed in to the Glaz Arena, saw Toni Bou continue his reign, extending a ten-point World Championship lead into the mid-winter break.
Following his La RÌ©union victory over main rival TRRS' Adam Raga a week ago, this was an even more dominant performance in a Final that demanded the absolute maximum of both competitors.
The Repsol Honda backed Bou immediately seized the upper hand by completing Section One with a mere two-mark score, following on from Raga who had dropped five with the first of a troubling run of consecutive fiascos. Even Bou found Section Two impossible, but it wasn‰Ûªt long before he was back on the march: gaining seven marks on Raga over Sections Three and Four to all-but confirm his victory. Finishing with a flourish, Bou recorded the only clean of the Final in the closing section, officially opening the party in Rennes.
"I am very happy with this victory in an event that gradually met a higher and higher level with each passing Round," Bou said. "In Round One I never really felt comfortable, but after switching bikes for Round Two I felt much better, even though it was much harder, and I rode much more effectively and precisely during a very demanding Final.‰Û