FIM Trial World Championship 2017 Review
Toni Bou Wins 11th Consecutive Championship
Takahisa Fujinami Also Finishes in Top 5 for 21 Years Straight
After winning his 11th X-Trial (world indoor) championship, Bou took on the Trial World Outdoor Championship, emerging once again the winner for the 11th consecutive season with 8 wins out of 10, not leaving the podium once. Takahisa Fujinami ranked 5th overall after two podiums, his 21st consecutive top 5 finish.
|Type||4 stroke, Liquid cooled single cylinder SOHC
|Fuel system||Electronic fuel injection, battery less system|
|Ignition||Electronically controlled, dual ignition system|
|Clutch||Wet, multiplate with coil springs|
|Starting||Kick starter pedal|
|Type||Aluminium twin tube|
|Fuel tank||Aluminium tank, 2 litres capacity|
|Front fork||Showa telescopic fork, 175 mm stroke|
|Rear suspension||Pro-link 170 mm stroke, Showa damper|
|Front||ø185 mm disc, 4 piston caliper|
|Rear||ø150 mm disc, 2 piston caliper|
|Front||Aluminium rim 21", Michelin tyre|
|Rear||Aluminium rim 18", Michelin tyre|
|Machine weight||70 kg|
Round 01: Spain
Bou Conquers Highly Complicated Spain
Overcomes Close Competition for Stellar Season Start
The season-opener incorporated a new time-attack qualifier. Under stormy skies from the end of Lap 1, Bou emerged winner of his battle with Adam Raga (TRS) for his 90th world championship win.
Round 02: Japan
Bou Takes the Double for Three Straight Wins
Fujinami On the Podium at Home Trial
The Japanese TrialGP, Honda’s and Fujinami’s home race, caused headaches for the riders on Day 1 as rain poured in the morning, but Bou was undeterred, conquering both days with clean scorecard after scorecard. Fujinami was 3rd on Day 1 to the delight of the home crowd.
Race Day 1
|2||James Dabill||Gas Gas|
Race Day 2
Round 03: Andorra
Busto 2nd, First Time on the Podium
Bou’s Slight Error a Costly 3rd Place
Jaime Busto, in his third year of premier class racing, led until the closing stages of the GP Andorra 17. Although he missed out on the win, Busto’s 2nd place put him on the podium for the first time in his GP career. Bou, aiming to make it four straight wins, went overtime, finishing 3rd behind Busto by a point.
Round 04: France
Bou Back to Winning, Busto Again on the Podium
Repsol Honda Team On a Roll with Fujinami 4th
Once again rainy conditions, this time in France. Bou bounced back from the previous GP with a dominating all-clean sheet on the second lap. Busto finishes 3rd for his second consecutive podium, while Fujinami finishes 4th, for a TrialGP dominated by Repsol Honda Team.
Round 05: Great Britain
Bou Wins, Fujinami 2nd for a
Repsol Honda Team 1-2 Finish
Bou takes the double with ease, solidifying his championship lead. Fujinami, admittedly fond of the Bradford course, excelled by finishing 2nd for his second podium of the season after a charge closing in on Bou with only 6 marks on Lap 2.
Round 06: United States
Another Bou Double Win
Busto Double Podium
At an elevation of 2000m at Kingman, Arizona, Bou was on a tough mission dropping 2 points on Day 1, taking his third consecutive win after narrowly beating Raga by 4 points. Busto was in fine form finishing 3rd, and on Day 2, Bou and Busto finish 1st and 2nd respectively.
Race Day 1
Race Day 2
Round 07: Czech Republic
Bou Wins 11th Consecutive Crown Before the Season Ends
Busto On 3rd Straight Podium
Bou, already with seven wins out of eight trials, needed to finish 4th or better in GP Czech Republic 17. Narrowly missing another win, Bou finishes 2nd and takes the championship for the 11th straight year. Busto follows up on his double podium in the US to make his podium count a trifecta, taking his tally up to five.
Round 08: Italy
Conqueror Bou Ends the Season with a Win
Busto 3rd for a 3rd Place Overall, Fujinami Top 5 for 21 Years Straight
Bou, already crowned in the Czech Republic, wins in Italy yet again for a perfect finale. Busto finishes 3rd and is on the podium for three straight trials, for an overall ranking and a personal best of 3rd. Fujinami struggles, finishing 10th, but the result is good enough for overall 5th, his 21st straight top 5 year.
Round 01: Spain
Bou 11th Straight Win at
Barcelona, the X-Trial Mecca
Spain, venue for the X-Trial season-opener, is the Trial Mecca, where many top riders are born. Local hero Bou slices through qualifying without a hitch, and wins with a near perfect score on the final lap, dropping points only in Section 3.
Round 02: Austria
Bou’s Austrian Victory
Marks 50th X-Trial Win
Bou qualifies with minimum points, and in the finals, demonstrates his superiority from Section 1, taking the win with one section still remaining. Needless to say, Bou leads the championship.
Round 03: France
Marseille Makes it Three
Bou Closes In On 11th Title
Once again, Bou proved his superiority in Marseille, France. Although qualifying a surprising 3rd, Bou ran a clean section in the finals where other riders lost 5 points. In the end, Bou won the trial by a point, making it 3 out of 3 trials.
Round 04: France
Bou Dominates Season Finale
Clinches 11th X-Trial Title
After a perfect record with 3 wins, Bou once again dominated, completing the finals with the only clean sheet. Bou conquered the season with 4 out of 4 wins, clinching his 11th indoor title.
|1||Toni Bou (MONTESA)
|2||Adam Raga (TRRS)||164||17||11||17||20||17||15||17||13||20||17|
|3||Jaime Busto (MONTESA)||131||9||10||10||17||15||10||15||17||13||15|
|4||Jeroni Fajardo (VERTIGO)||121||13||13||13||10||11||11||9||15||15||11|
|5||Takahisa Fujinami (MONTESA)||112||11||15||11||11||13||17||8||9||11||6|
|1||Toni Bou (MONTESA)||80||20||20||20||20|
|2||Adam Raga (TRRS)||60||15||15||15||15|
|3||Jeroni Fajardo (VERTIGO)||37||12||9||4||12|
|5||Takahisa Fujinami (MONTESA)||20||4||4||6||6|
|7||Jaime Busto (MONTESA)||15||6||-||9||-|