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Toni Bou Storms To Seventeenth Successive TrialGP Title

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Toni Bou at the 2023 TrialGP of France after locking up his 17th World Championship.
 Toni Bou claimed a new win and, with one round remaining in the 2023 World Championship, he clinched a new TrialGP title. The Repsol Honda rider has 17 titles in the outdoor discipline and a total of 33, making him one of the most successful athletes in history.

Spanish superstar Toni Bou rewrote the Trial record books yet again with victory on the opening day of the TrialGP of France – the seventh and final round of the 2023 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship – rewarding him with his seventeenth consecutive crown.

For Bou it was simply business as usual as he powered his way to his one-hundred-and-forty-second TrialGP career victory – his tenth of the season – and a sensational seventeenth straight crown.

“I am very happy to win the title with a victory,” said Bou. “It has been a very difficult year, with a difficult start in which Jaime Busto made it very tough for us. But we have achieved another title in the best way, with a victory, so I want to thank the team. As I always say, it would be impossible to maintain this level without all their support and effort”

Toni Bou at the 2023 TrialGP of France after locking up his 17th World Championship.
This season, Toni Bou has claimed a total of 10 victories. Since Bou started competing with the Repsol Honda Team in 2007, he has won every title available, becoming the dominant force in trial riding.

Parting with fifteen marks on his opening lap after taking maximums on sections three, eight and twelve which proved to be impossible for everyone at the first attempt, the thirty-six-year-old still led title rival Jaime Busto by six at the halfway mark.

With the hot conditions resulting in dust that was dragged onto the imposing rocks making grip hard to find, Bou then dropped his score to ten on lap two to pull away from Busto who added twenty-one marks on his second circuit as he fought off a strong late challenge from fellow Spaniard Gabriel Marcelli.

Jaime Busto at the 2023 TrialGP of France.
Jaime Busto threw out the challenge to Bou at the start fo the season until Bou took control halfway through the championship. Busto had to settle for second again in the penultimate round. Photo: Future7Media

Winner of the opening day of the 2022 finale, Italian veteran Matteo Grattarola matched Marcelli on twenty-seven on observation on lap one, but an additional twenty-three marks on lap two dropped him out of podium contention.

The top-five was completed by forty-one-year-old Adam Raga whose six time penalties – compared to the three picked up by Grattarola and five incurred by Bou, Busto and Marcelli – cost him a fourth-placed finish.

The action at the final round of the 2023 TrialGP World Championship will continue on Sunday.

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