Led by newly crowned 2014 FIM Trial World Champion Toni Bou – Repsol Honda who was more than ably supported by Adam Raga – Gas Gas, Albert Cabestany – Sherco and Jeroni Fajardo – Beta, Spain romped to a clear and convincing victory at yesterday’s 2014 FIM Trial des Nations held in Andorra.
It was in the fifth edition of this event hosted in Bertrix, Belgium in 1989 that Spain first won this marvellous and prestigious trophy despite the wet and muddy conditions that prevailed on that historic day. Although they were to surrender the team prize back to France the following year, twelve months later the Spanish were to begin to take control FIM Trial des Nations. From 1991 to 1996 inclusive Spain were simply unbeatable.
From 1997 through to 2003 inclusive only Great Britain could disrupt the Spanish supremacy, as they defeated their southern European rival on four separate occasions during this period.
However since 2004 right through to and including 2014 no other country has been able to stop Spain, on what is now an eleven year run. In the thirty years that the FIM Trial des Nations has existed the Spanish team has won it a record twenty one times, and few would doubt them adding to this success again next year.