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Podium-hungry Repsol Honda Team back on home soil as current championship leadersBarcelonaâ€™s majestic Palau Sant Jordi hosts the fourth event of the 2015 FIM X-Trial World Championship, with overall leader Toni Bou and Repsol Honda Team eager to put on a display for the home crowd.
Toni Bou comes to the FIM X-Trial World Championship this weekend determined to retake top-spot on the rostrum and boost yet further his advantage at the head of the general rankings. Bou will be looking to put the recent Pau, France experience behind him, after his mammoth five-year winning streak of twenty-eight consecutive victories finally faded. Even so, the Spanish ace can rest assured that his ground-breaking record will be a near-impossible feat to surmount.
The Barcelona course is, by tradition, a highly-demanding, technical one for both rider and machine; Toni Bou knows only too well, having notched up more triumphs in the Palau Sant Jordi than anyone.
Barcelonaâ€™s Indoor Trial remains the most veteran of the discipline â€“ the first edition took place back in 1978 â€“ and will kick off Sunday, March 8 at 17:00 hrs. During the most recent editions, the trial timetable has been interspersed with an Enduro Indoor competition. As a consequence, the X-Trial semi-final is set to commence at 17:38 with the riders looking to tackle five daunting sections. The winner of the X-Trial seasonâ€™s fourth event will be battled out over a six-zone final scheduled to get underway at 19:10 hrs.
Toni Bou 1
"Iâ€™m looking forward to this world championship test, as the Barcelona X-Trial is the most emblematic of Trial Indoor, as well as being the oldest and the most demanding of the calendar. It will be a really hard-fought one, given that the rivals - in particular Adam Raga - are on top form at the moment; so Iâ€™ll have to really put in some special preparation for this competition.
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