The fifth and penultimate trial of the FIM X-Trial World Championship is scheduled for this weekend in the French city of Marseille with runaway leader Toni Bou aiming to seal another world title.
After grabbing a 60th victory in the Granada X-Trial, Toni Bou will this weekend have his sights set on a new career milestone. In Marseille this Saturday, March 9th the Repsol Honda Team rider can add yet more silverware to the already bursting trophy cabinet. Between Bou and a thirteenth X-Trial title stands the season’s first ‘match-point’.
The X-Trial in Marseille will play out at the Palais des Sports in the French city, which will open at 19:00, with the competition kicking off at 20:30. Phase two gets underway at 22:15 ahead of the six-section final which is due to start at 23:10, with a maximum duration of twenty minutes.
The possibilities for Toni Bou to become champion
The regulations of the FIM X-Trial World Championship allow riders to get rid of their worst result of any of the trials held during the season. With three victories (Budapest, Bilbao and Granada) and a second place (Barcelona), Toni Bou has 75 points in the overall standings, 13 more than the nearest second place rival Adam Raga (62). Bou’s options to win the 13th X-Trial / indoor title in the Marseille event will need another triumph for the Repsol Honda Team rider. With a hypothetical fourth win of the season, Bou would mathematically guarantee the title, after subtracting the result of the final trial, with a higher score than Raga, as even a victory for his arch-rival in Andorra would not be enough to deprive the current champion of the overall victory.