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Cycle News Issue 36 September 12, 2017

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VOL. 54 ISSUE 36 SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 P37 BOU CHAMP AGAIN T oni Bou of the Repsol Hon- da Team clinched the 2017 FIM Trial World Championship and claimed an unparalleled 11th straight title at the September 10 TrialGP Czech Republic, the penultimate round of this year's series. Despite finishing second at the Czech TrialGP, the 30-year- old from Barcelona proved he truly is the most dominant rider in the history of World Trials. But not to be outshined was Adam Raga (TRRS), who came out on top at Sokolov. Raga hopes to finish out the season strong with another round at next week- end's TrialGP Italy. Raga drew on his two de- cades of experience of Trial at the very highest level, and de- spite a maximum score on the final section, he took his sec- ond win of the season, his total of 36 giving him a surprisingly comfortable winning margin of 17 over Bou. "I'm very happy," says Raga, "especially because it has been one of the most difficult events of the year. Conditions were very slippery so it has shown the level I am at and I feel very proud to win." Not having won on the day wasn't pleasing for Bou, but clinching the title made the loss a lot easier to swallow. "Today was a complicated day from the beginning," Bou said. "I battled to win the trial but today was not to be, al- though the aim today had been to get the title. I am very happy despite several issues. The wet terrain we found today is not really the one I like the most, or one that favors the bike best, but we fought hard to finish on the podium. This season has been a very good one, the first victory in Camprodón and the two in Japan where Adam Raga lost points have been important, as well as the two victories in the United States." CN PHOTOGRAPHY BY HONDA HRC Toni Bou captured his 11th-straight TrialGP title. Combined with his indoor titles, he has amassed an astounding 22 world championships.

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