The Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona will play host to the second round of the 2019 FIM World X-Trial Championship with Repsol Honda Team once again represented by the duo Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami.
The FIM X-Trial World Championship moves on from Hungary to Spain as Barcelona prepares to hold round two of the campaign this Sunday. The longest running host of the trial specialty will once again receive the discipline’s elite, with Repsol Honda Team present with both Bou and Fujinami, with both riders eager to gain top results in front of a “home” crowd.
Toni Bou, the current championship leader after the season opener in Hungary ten days ago, arrives very much on top of his game for an event which always sees the multi-time champion at the highest levels of motivation. Bou’s track record at the Barcelona event speaks for itself, with a tally of 12 victories at trial’s most historical date. Bou, who took his total of podium finishes to 70 with the win in X-Trial Budapest, has already triumphed 58 times in previous indoor world championship competitions.
Repsol Honda Team’s Japanese rider Takahisa Fujinami, will also participate in this second trial of the world championship. After a reserved start in Budapest, ‘Fujigas’ hopes to recover the tenacity, so typical of the rider, as he goes in search of at least a semi-final place.
Barcelona’s Indoor Trial Solomoto course will consist of seven sections, as the popular world championship event celebrates its 42nd edition in the Catalonian city. In addition to the six sections on the ground, fans will be able to enjoy watching the riders overcome one of the sections located in the grandstand itself.
X-Trial kicks off at 17:00 with a first round to be contested by all nine participating riders. The six best will make the cut and will be divided into two groups for the decisive second phase. The third and fourth best finisher will battle out the third place consolation prize, before the two best placed riders dispute the grand final.