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The 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship season officially gets underway this weekend in #barcelona. Repsol #honda Team will line up #tonibou, #takahisafujinami and #jaimebusto for the #trial Indoor opener in the Catalan capital on Sunday 5th February for the 40th edition of the #event.
The X-Trial season kicks off with the #barcelona Indoor #trial which over the years has become something of a ‘classic’ in the #trial world. #tonibou arrives eager to defend his reign of ten world titles. Repsol #honda Team’s incumbent X-Trial champion will start as favourite in a four-trial championship where riders will have to battle hard from the get-go and errors could prove costly. Toni will be looking to dominate from the start after having let last season’s opening date in the U.K. slip through his hands. Earlier in 2017, Bou again took part in the indoor #event in Sheffield, U.K. clinching victory on the day, although points do not officially count towards the World Championship.
Toni Bou won’t be alone in #barcelona. The ten-time victor – with the last eight wins on the trot – will appear alongside Repsol #honda Team stalwart #takahisafujinami and the promising #jaimebusto. The Japanese rider – who ranked third in the world in the 2016 outdoor discipline and fifth indoors – has yet to shine in the indoor discipline as he has done in the open air. ‘Fujigas’, as one of the most popular riders on the circuit, will have the crowd firmly behind him as always.
Young Basque rider #jaimebusto returns to the Palau Sant Jordi intent on honing his indoor technique. The pressure to produce higher-level results has led to below-par performances on his two previous participations in #barcelona Indoor. This year the Spanish hopeful is on a mission to break the bad spell.
Fans from around the globe will converge on the #barcelona #event for a feast of thrilling competition and technique. In time-honoured fashion, the #trial begins at 17:00 hrs on Sunday with eight sections to test the eight rider’s skill to the limit.
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