2016 FIM Trial des Nations
SUPER SPAIN TAKE THIRTEENTH STRAIGHT TITLE
The 2016 edition of the FIM Trial des Nations proved to be an unlucky number for the pretenders to Spain's crown, as the defending champions proved unbeatable for the thirteen consecutive year. Toni Bou - Repsol Honda, Adam Raga - TRS and Albert Cabestany - Sherco remained faultless throughout the two laps of eighteen sections at Isola 2000, France, backing up their status as hot favourites with their country's twenty-third title in the team discipline even though they were made to work hard for their win as both runners-up Japan and third placed Great Britain recorded single-digit final scores.
The experienced trio of Takahisa Fujinami - Repsol Honda, Kenichi Kuroyama - Yamaha and Tomoyuki Ogawa - Honda did Japan proud as they posted lap totals of five and two respectively to secure second spot by a single mark in what proved to be a low scoring Trial for the leading three nations, which played out in dry and sunny conditions despite the predicted heavy rain. The GB squad of James Dabill - Vertigo, Jack Price - Gas Gas and Iwan Roberts- Beta were worthy of third position, having been pushed off the podium last year by France. The home nation could also be pleased with their showing in front of their fans, finishing the day seven marks in front of Italy in fourth.