Repsol Honda Team‰Ûªs Toni Bou rode to a commanding triumph over Adam Raga in the X-Trial held in Marseille, France in the third and penultimate round of the FIM World Championship. An eleventh title in Nice next weekend now looks fairly certain.
The Palais des Sports of France‰Ûªs second city played host to the third date in the 2017 FIM X-Trial calendar that saw Toni Bou once again steal the show in one of the most veteran trials on the circuit after Barcelona.
Bou worked hard to secure a vital win ahead of Adam Raga and Albert Cabestny that leaves him on the cusp of the season‰Ûªs main aim: the world title. In spite of finishing third in the qualifying round, the current champion was able to attack the sections from the rear after having won the races that determined the starting positions.
A clean sheet on the second hazard was enough to give the Catalan the advantage whilst his adversaries all picked up five marks. The differences remained until the end of the final, where not even a mistake in the final section was enough to stop Bou from taking the victory ‰ÛÒ in the end by a mere one-point margin.
This is the seventh consecutive triumph for the Repsol Honda Team star in Marseille and the third on the spin this year for Bou, who now comfortably leads the general standings of the event. Toni lies fifteen points clear of second place Raga.