On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 135

On The Pegs Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 P 135 After slipping to third in An- dorra seven days ago Toni Bou - Repsol Honda re-established his dominance at TrialGP France, round four of the 2017 FIM Trial World Championship, with a commanding performance. On the back of his qualifica- tion victory yesterday, the reign- ing FIM Trial World Champion took full advantage of his start- ing position at the rear of the field to destroy the opposition in Lourdes with a divine display of Trial technique. Following a wet opening lap that saw the majority of the field incurring time penalties after being caught up in sec- tion queues, the ten-time FIM Trial World Champion led fellow Spaniard Adam Raga - TRRS by twelve marks after parting with fifteen on observation and six on time compared to his rival’s twenty-five on observation and eight on time. With conditions drying dra- matically any hopes Raga may have entertained of reeling in the leader were blown out of the water when Bou recorded a sensational clean second lap, earning him an eighteen-mark victory. “After the mistakes in Andorra this was a very important vic- tory,” says Bou. “It was a strange Trial with the conditions very different between the first and second laps.” “Staying clean on the second lap was fantastic - I rode at one hundred per cent and I’m very happy for this. My lead now is