Toni Bou closes the X-Trial season with a narrow win in the Vendée

The 2023 X-Trial World Championship has come to an end with the celebration of the X-Trial de Vendée, which left us with another epic duel until the last section between Toni Bou, who took his sixth win of the season, and Gabriel Marcelli.

As happened a week ago in Madrid, Bou’s teammate, Gabriel Marcelli, was his clear rival in the fight for the win and forced the tiebreaker to finish second for the fourth time this season. Bou and Marcelli are tied on 7 points after the first 4 sections of the final. In the fifth they have charged with five and in the sixth and last they have passed with only one penalty point so they have finished tied at 13. In the zone that decided the victory, Marcelli penalized three points and Bou 1, so the Champion, who had already been the best in the first two rounds, added a new victory.

Toni Bou closes the season with six wins

The third final place went to Jaime Busto (GasGas) who started the final very well as he went to zero in the first zone while Bou and Marcelli took a point each, but, from there, he added five in the remaining five sections and lost all chance of fighting for the victory with his two rivals.

Aniol Gelabert (Beta), who scored the third best score in the Second Round, qualified fourth, just one point ahead of Adam Raga (TRRS), who was unable to return to the podium he last topped in Bordeaux. Behind him was Benoit Bincaz (Sherco) who achieved sixth place, beating Toby Martyn (Montesa) for having invested less time than him as they finished tied on points.

Rookie Hugo Dufrese (GasGas) picked up the two points in eighth place and Italian Luca Petrella (GasGas), who replaced the injured Matteo Grattarola, closed the standings.

At the end of the podium ceremony, Bou received the trophy that accredits him as the 2023 X-Trial World Champion.

Jaime Busto completed the podium and is runner-up
Marcelli reached the last zone with a chance of victory
Great race for Aniol Gelabert, finally fourth
Final podium of the X-Trial de Vendée


Vendée - X-Trial 2023


toni bou (P1)"Victory is the best way to end the season in an event that has been a bit strange for me as I came into it without pressure after winning the title last week in Madrid. I rode at a high level in the first two rounds, but I started the final a bit nervous and the big mistake I made in the fifth section almost cost me the victory. Fortunately, I got the win in the play-off zone against Gabriel Marcelli, who made it very difficult for me again today."

GABRIEL MARCELLI (P2)"I arrived here with a chance of finishing second in the Championship and the first step was to get into the final. I think I've ridden at a high level and I'm very happy and satisfied with that. Toni and I were very close until the end and I had chances to win. To have fought again for the win makes me very satisfied. The balance of the Championship is very positive because I achieved the goal I was pursuing, to be in the Top 3 and I had a chance to finish second until the end. All in all, I've been very consistent throughout the year."

JAIME BUSTO (P3)"I started the race very well in both the first and second rounds, but in the second part of the final, I took a five and, from there, the nerves arrived and I ran out of options to go beyond third place. In any case, I'm satisfied because the year has been very positive and I've been more consistent and regular. It was my unfinished business and I think I've taken an important step forward."


VENDEE 2023 x-trial video

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