17-time Trials World Champion Toni Bou recently put on a showcase of stunts with Repsol Honda teammates Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto at Capus Repsol in Madrid, Spain in front of almost 4,000 Repsol employees who had no idea that they’d be treated to an incredible display of skill and balance.
The three Trials riders are no strangers to obstacle courses; that’s a big part of their day jobs. But it must be especially sweet for all three to perform in front of employees of the company that employs them. Bout, Fujinami, and Busto all look like they’re enjoying themselves in the video and can you blame them? It’s one thing to perform in front of its competition; it’s another thing to do it in front of the people who are directly and indirectly responsible for helping them compete in the FIM Trial World Championship.
Oh, and Repsol CEO Josu Jon Imaz was also there to take in all the action. Must’ve been nice to run through the custom-built obstacle course in front of the man that cashes their checks.
Those Honda Montesa Cota 4Rs also get some well-deserved camera time and if I do say so myself, the way the shocks and suspension on those bikes handle all the obstacles serves as a ringing endorsement of the capabilities of these championship-winning trial bikes. Indirect promotion at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.
In any case, watching all three Trials riders isn’t going to inspire to do what they’re doing. I’m smart enough to know what my limitations are. But still, it’s entertaining as heck and more importantly, it shows the level of skill and concentration needed to be good at what they do, or in the case of Bou, to be a 17-time champion of the Trials World Championship.