Toni Bou posted fifth in Paris as he claimed the overall 2018 X-Trial World Championship victory. The Repsol Honda Team rider took the 12th indoor title triumph when one of the dates, whose points counted towards the championship, was cancelled shortly before the start of the sixth round of the season.

Despite not being anywhere near 100% after a serious back injury, Toni nevertheless arrived in Paris as a clear favourite after having triumphed in all the previous events this season: Vendée, Montpellier, Toulouse, Strasburg and Barcelona.

The current champion had to settle for the fifth position after completing two laps of the six-section course in the AccorHotels Arena in Paris. In the first qualifying phase of his 81st indoor trial, the Montesa Cota 4RT rider performed a near perfect lap, picking up a mere three penalty points. In the semi-final phase, in which the best from each group of three makes the cut, Bou had difficulty getting going and was clearly being hampered by the injury, being unable to perform as he had done in the first phase. With a final tally of 16 penalty points, Toni Bou finished in a notable fifth position in the final standings, after 27 days out of action due to the injured vertebrae.

Takahisa Fujinami disputed race number 135 and overtakes English rider Dougie Lampkin for the number of participations in the Indoor World Championship. Fujigas grabbed his best result of the season. The Japanese Repsol Honda Team rider finished in third position, accumulating 12 points in the semi-final.

Shortly before the start of the Paris X-Trial, the FIM announced that only one trial would remain before the close of the 2018 FIM World Championship. The final event is scheduled for March 29 in Budapest.

You can see the video of this season here: https://youtu.be/3e-q6RejgKI

Toni Bou 2018 FIM X-Trial World Champion
Toni Bou

Toni Bou 1

5th / OVERALL: CHAMPION

I am very happy today because this last month has been very complicated for us. We didn't know how the calendar would be and until the last moment we didn't know if we could win the championship before competing here, in Paris. In the first round I was able to ride quite well and make the best performance. The break between the first and second round I wanted to control the pain but when I started to ride I saw that it was not possible to be competitive and I wanted to keep it, not hurting myself, which is important. For me, to win the championship on the bike is very important, and we have done it after this special season.

Repsol Honda Team
Takahisa Fujinami

Takahisa Fujinami 5

3rd / OVERALL: 8TH

Today I felt very comfortable and I took it section by section without thinking about the final result. I couldn’t make it into the final, but for me to make the podium is a very good result. Also, doing it the day Toni wins his 12th title gives me great pride. I am very pleased and very proud of the Repsol Honda Team.

Repsol Honda Team
Miquel Cirera

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

Toni wanted to come to Paris, we knew we ran a risk doing it, but that's Toni... He had a great first lap but in the second he wasn’t getting the good sensations and he preferred to take it easier. Even so, Toni wanted to be in Paris and win the title on the bike, which is to be applauded. Congratulations to the champion Toni Bou and the entire Repsol Honda Team for the championship and for all the effort that they’ve made to be able to compete today.

Repsol Honda Team
X-Trial of Paris

Paris, France

X-Trial 2018, Round 6

Sunday 18 Mar 2018, 08:31 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. L1 L2 L3 Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jaime Busto 69 SPA - - 2 3 20 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
2 Adam Raga 67 SPA - - 6 6 15 TRS Factory Team TRS +
3 Takahisa Fujinami 5 JPN - 12 - 12 12 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
4 Benoit Bincaz 16 FRA - 14 - 14 9 Scorpa Factory Scorpa +
5 Toni Bou 1 SPA - 16 - 16 6 Repsol Honda Team Montesa +
6 Miquel Gelabert 11 SPA - 17 - 17 4 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
7 Jeroni Fajardo 4 SPA 12 - - 12 3 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +
8 James Dabill 22 GBR 13 - - 13 2 Beta Factory Racing Beta +
9 Alexandre Ferrer 29 FRA 15 - - 15 1 Sherco Factory Team Sherco +
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Mar 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toni BOU 1 SPA 106 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
2 Adam RAGA 67 SPA 84 TRS Factory Team TRS
3 Benoit BINCAZ 16 FRA 52 Scorpa Factory Scorpa
4 Jaime BUSTO 69 SPA 50 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
5 Miquel GELABERT 11 SPA 37 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
6 Jeroni FAJARDO 4 SPA 36 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
7 James DABILL 22 GBR 28 Beta Factory Racing Beta
8 Takahisa FUJINAMI 5 JPN 24 Repsol Honda Team Montesa
9 Alexandre FERRER 29 FRA 4 Sherco Factory Team Sherco
10 Jorge CASALES 33 SPA 3 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
11 Franz KADLEC 9 GER 2 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
12 Matteo GRATTAROLA 9 ITA 2 Montesa Team Sembenini Montesa
13 Arnau FARRE 19 SPA 2 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo
14 Jack PRICE 34 GBR 2 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas