As Carlos told us on Saturday night after finishing the penultimate test held in Milan, Toni Bou has been proclaimed 2012 X-Trial World Champion after winning the sixth date of the season. With this, Toni Bou gets his sixth consecutive world title in the indoor modality and becomes the rider with the most titles in this modality after overcoming the tie that had five with the British Dougie lampkin.
But do not think that the Milan appointment was a bed of roses since Toni Bou suffered a fall in the last zone, in which he hit his head and back and with which he tied on points with Adam raga. Both had to face each other in a parallel test where Montesa's, overcoming the pain, managed to win. Albert cabestany completed a completely Spanish podium.
The toughness of the Italian test was clear from the beginning as Pol Tarres (Jotagas), also suffered a spectacular fall in the phase of qualification that forced him to leave and be transferred to the hospital. Dani Oliveras (Ossa), Giacomo Saleri (Beta), Michael Brown (Gas Gas) and Pol Tarrés himself were the four drivers who were eliminated in qualifying while the best was Toni Bou (Montesa) with a zero followed by Adam Raga (Gas Gas) and Albert Cabestany (Sherco), both with five penalty points, Jeroni Fajardo (Beta) with ten, Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa) with 13 and Loris Gubian with 14.
In the semifinal, the two eliminated were Takahisa Fujinami and and Loris Gubian. Toni Bou surprisingly made a fiasco in zone two while Albert Cabestany also made the same mistake although in zone three and added a penalty point for time, which left him second with six. Adam Raga was third with seven and Jeroni Fajardo dropped a bit more with nine penalty points.
These four pilots were arriving at the final. TO Jeroni Fajardo he did not get a right hand and lost all three matches in addition to making a fiasco in all three zones, finishing fourth with 27 points. Albert cabestany He did not do too well either and except for a zero in zone five, he signed the rest with five and two points in parallel races, finishing third with 18 points.
For Adam raga things were going a little better and he only penalized three points, which left him with a total of ten. Everything seemed to indicate that Toni Bou he would take the victory but when he was in the last zone, he slipped and fell backwards, hurting himself as we mentioned in the head and back. These five penalty points made him tie at ten with Adam Raga and they had to face each other in a parallel race to decide who would take the Milan test.
Toni Bou managed to recover from the pain and above all the dizziness and take victory against Adam Raga and with it, the test and the title of X-Trial World Champion 2012. And what is truly impressive are his figures at only 25 years old: since 2007, Toni Bou has won 28 of the 35 events in which he has participated, being second in six others and only in one he was left off the podium. Their joint world titles amount to eleven, six consecutive indoor and five outdoor also in a row.
The excitement is now focused on the fight for second place in which Adam Raga and Albert Cabestany they are tied with 78 points. Everything will be decided on March 31 in Paris.
Statements by Toni Bou:
Milan X-Trial Classification: * 1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda), 10 points * 2. Adam raga (Gas Gas), 10 + 1 pts. * 3. Albert cabestany (Sherco), 18 pts. * 4. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta), 27 pts. * 5. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda), 21 points.
Provisional general classification: * 1. Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda), 120 points * 2. Adam raga (Gas Gas), 78 pts. * 3. Albert cabestany (Sherco), 78 pts. * 4. Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda), 57 points. * 5. Jeroni Fajardo (Beta), 36 pts.
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