Repsol Montesa Honda's Toni Bou won the Geneva Indoor Trial on Saturday night, the opening round of the 2011 World Indoor Trials Championship.
Bou's win starts his title defense off with a bang, the four-time indoor champion setting the tone in the very first round with a win over Sherco's Albert Cabestany The series not only started in Geneva, but it also started with its new name - X-Trail.
Bou finished the qualifying round without picking up a single penalty point and took the lead in the semi-final, a round which the multi-time World Champion finished with five points - half those of his nearest rival. With that lead, Bou was able to make the most of his credit in a final consisting of three parallel races and three individual zones.
"I'm very happy as I couldn't have started the championship and my title defense in a better way," Bou said in a team release. "it was a very difficult trail in which I was very tense, but the end result was an excellent relief. The five-point advantage I had at the end of the semi-final was very valuable. I reached the final
zone with one less but still enough margin to allow me to be careful in a complicated step and not take any risks, which could have jeopardized victory and the World Championship lead."
1: Toni Bou 9
2: Albert Cabestany 12
3: Adam Raga 14