Bike trials wow crowds

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Sheffield once again hosted the first round of the 2016 World Indoor X-Trail Championship, in front of a capacity crowd at the city’s Motorpoint Arena.

The event, which has been held in Sheffield for 21 years, is a popular venue for motorbike fans and is widely respected by competitors on the circuit.

Its winner, Spaniard Adam Raga, secured an important victory. He last won in Sheffield in 2005 and he pipped world number one Toni Bou in a close contest on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old, already twice a winner of the Indoor Trial World Championship, sealed a historic victory to give the new TRS company its first success at world level.

The new team is headed by former Trial World Champion Jordi Tarres.

After the event, Raga said: “This feels just amazing, I am so happy to have found and to be working again with Jordi and to be able to show that we are here to fight for the title. I am really happy with my riding and especially the performance of the bike, and we have showed just how good the bike is already.

“It is also great to win here in Sheffield again and after so many years, and in a race where Toni has been so strong.

“I really want to thank all my team, the mechanics and my minder who have worked so hard during all the weeks to be here and to take this important victory.”