2017 FIM X-Trial & TrialGP World Champion
Born on 17 October 1986 in Piera, Spain
TRIAL LIFE IS BOU-TIFUL
Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) extended his historic run of FIM Trial World Championship success with his eleventh consecutive title in the discipline to again match his achievement in X-Trial and become a twenty-two-time FIM World Champion.
Still just thirty years of age, the most dominant rider in the history of Trial once again rewrote the record books with a round to spare, wrapping up the title in Sokolov, Czech Republic, despite tasting defeat for only the second time this season to his long-time rival and compatriot Adam Raga (TRRS).
By that time Bou already had seven victories to his name, including double wins at TrialGP Japan and TrialGP USA, and he signed off from the season on top at TrialGP Italy, the eighth and final round, with another commanding victory over Raga.
Jaime Busto (Montesa-HRC) took third in Italy to seal third in the championship and cap off an impressive campaign that saw him get the better of his illustrious team-mate at round three in Andorra, where he finished second to Raga.
Worryingly, though, for any pretenders to Bou's crown, the Spaniard celebrated his latest title by announcing a three-year extension to his contract with HRC that will now run until the end of 2021, taking the factory and rider to an incredible fifteen seasons together.
ELEVENTH HEAVEN FOR BOU
It may have only been a four-round season but the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship was still long enough for the irrepressible Toni Bou (Montesa-HRC) to hit a number of new milestones in the sport, and although he cruised to his eleventh straight title in the indoor discipline, it wasn't without a fight from his long-term arch-rival Adam Raga (TRRS).
Bou kicked off the campaign with his eleventh victory in his home town, capping off the 40th anniversary night of Indoor Trial in Barcelona with a dominant performance at the Palau Sant Jordi, where he picked up just five marks throughout. The Spaniard then headed to the Arena Nova of Wiener Neustadt in Austria and took his 50th career indoor victory in round two before recovering from a shaky start to notch a third win from three on a crucial night in Marseilles, France.
Third on the qualifying lap, Bou set a zero on the tricky second obstacle of the final lap, where Raga picked up five points, eventually hanging on to win by just a single point from his fellow Spaniard. Victory for Raga would have set up a winner-takes all final round in Nice but with Bou returning to France with a fifteen-point advantage, he knew he only needed to make the final to secure the title. A fourth win without a single penalty point was a fittingly commanding end to another masterful season from X-Trial's living legend.
35 World titles
11 Trial – 2007 to 2017
11 X-Trial - 2007 to 2017
13 Trial des Nations titles – 2005 to 2017
2016 FIM X-Trial & Trial World Champion
Toni Bou – Repsol Honda claimed his tenth consecutive title in the FIM Indoor / X-Trial World Championship but he was pushed all the way by his Spanish compatriot Adam Raga - TRS in a series that was reduced to just four rounds. Four-time former champion Raga made the perfect start to the season with a shock win at the opening round in Sheffield, UK, but Bou equalised in the pair's home round in Barcelona, claiming the win as Raga took second. The third round of the season in Wienner Neustadt, Austria, proved crucial as Raga could only manage third behind Albert Cabestany - Sherco, allowing the victorious Bou to open up an eight-point advantage with just one round remaining.
An early setback in section two of the qualifying round in Marseille, France, saw him pick up a five-mark penalty but that was the only blot on Bou's copybook on an historic night in the Palais des Sport. The final was a masterly exhibition of Bou's riding prowess as he cruised through all five sections without picking up so much as a single mark. Raga sealed the runner-up spot in the championship with third on the night behind Cabestany, who was again third overall. Bou has now clinched the championship every year since 2007 and has broken just about every possible record in the discipline.
TAKE A BOU TONI!
Toni Bou – Repsol Honda made motorsport history in the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship, taking his tenth consecutive title in the discipline to match his achievement in X-Trial and become a twenty-time FIM World Champion. Defending his title with an iron fist from the opening round of the season at Cal Rosal in his native Spain, where he took his 76th career victory, Bou went on to add a further ten wins and three podium positions in the fourteen-counting day championship.
Pushed all the way by his great rival Adam Raga - TRS - the last man since Bou to win the FIM Trial World Championship back in 2006 – Bou headed into the final round in Chiampo, Italy, needing only a top-seven finish to secure the title. There was no holding back from Bou, however, as he completed three laps of the twelve-zone course with just 13 points – an incredible 43 less than second-placed Raga – to wrap up the championship in style. Bou put the shine on one of his greatest ever seasons on the second day, taking another win, as his veteran team-mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Honda clinched fifth place to seal a creditable third in the championship after a season plagued by injury.