Toni Bou once again sent out a clear and strong message to his rivals, including his closest challenger Adam Raga, that he is in no mood to surrender his World trials title. The Repsol Montesa factory rider was in devastating form at the Portuguese Grand Prix, with the twenty-two year old already multi World champion taking a decisive victory despite the relatively easy conditions.
As usual Raga put up a brave fight and kept his compatriot true throughout the tense competition, but the Gas Gas rider simply had no answer to Bou as he remained clean on his last lap to take the win by eight marks. Fresh from tasting the winners’ champagne Toni explained. ”I am very happy today, as it has been a tough test for me despite the easy sections. I knew there was going to be no room for mistakes, so for that reason I was very nervous. I rode well on the first lap when the sections were more slippery, but I rode even more incredible on the second lap. Adam kept the pressure on me right to the end. I think this may prove to be an important victory in terms of the championship.”