2017 FIM Trial des Nations
Team manager: Salvador Garcia
Riders: Toni Bou, Adam Raga, Jaime Busto
SPAIN REIGN SUPREME
Home heroes Spain underlined their complete dominance of top-flight Trial by storming to an emphatic victory at the 2017 FIM Trial des Nations at Baiona, in the process extending their record-rewriting winning streak at the event to a phenomenal fourteen on the bounce. Fielding the three top-ranked riders in the world this year, led by reigning and eleven-time FIM Trial World Champion Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC), with Adam Raga (TRRS) and Jaime Busto (Montesa-HRC), the Spanish team were simply untouchable on the towering coastal rocks lining the Atlantic coastline.
Following a comfortable qualification win on Friday, Spain had the advantage of starting at the back of the seven-nation field although such was their mastery of the fifteen sections they could have started at the front without fear of being challenged. With the best two results in each section counting towards the teams' overall scores, Spain wasted little time in opening up a commanding lead - much to the vociferous home fans' delight - and after the first seven sections led Great Britain by ten marks, an advantage they comfortably maintained at the halfway stage.
With light rain beginning to fall which made the sections slippery, Spain then moved up a gear and completed the second lap for the loss of just one mark to take their total to a sensational six. A late five almost dropped Great Britain into the clutches of Japan, but cleans on the final two sections kept them three marks clear in second place.
2016 FIM Trial des Nations
SUPER SPAIN TAKE THIRTEENTH STRAIGHT TITLE
The 2016 edition of the FIM Trial des Nations proved to be an unlucky number for the pretenders to Spain's crown, as the defending champions proved unbeatable for the thirteen consecutive year. Toni Bou - Repsol Honda, Adam Raga - TRS and Albert Cabestany - Sherco remained faultless throughout the two laps of eighteen sections at Isola 2000, France, backing up their status as hot favourites with their country's twenty-third title in the team discipline even though they were made to work hard for their win as both runners-up Japan and third placed Great Britain recorded single-digit final scores.
The experienced trio of Takahisa Fujinami - Repsol Honda, Kenichi Kuroyama - Yamaha and Tomoyuki Ogawa - Honda did Japan proud as they posted lap totals of five and two respectively to secure second spot by a single mark in what proved to be a low scoring Trial for the leading three nations, which played out in dry and sunny conditions despite the predicted heavy rain. The GB squad of James Dabill - Vertigo, Jack Price - Gas Gas and Iwan Roberts- Beta were worthy of third position, having been pushed off the podium last year by France. The home nation could also be pleased with their showing in front of their fans, finishing the day seven marks in front of Italy in fourth.