Saturday 28thDecember is currently the only confirmed opportunity to see Toni Bou – Repsol Honda compete in the UK in the foreseeable future, but will his visit to the FlyDSA arena for the 25thanniversary of Sheffield Indoor Trial later this year prove to be lucky or not?


Having already won Sheffield Indoor Trial on twelve previous occasions, Bou will be looking to increase his tally to thirteen victories under the roof of the famous arena when he returns to defend his crown during this year’s festive period.


The soon to be thirty-three-year-old has rewritten the record books over the last decade or so, having amassed an incredible thirteen consecutive indoor and thirteen successive outdoor World titles since his domination of the sport started back in 2007.


Bou’s performances at Sheffield Indoor Trial over the years have amazed the thousands of fans that flock to the Yorkshire city on an annual basis, and for some regular supporters of the event are reason alone for booking the best seats in the house as early as possible each year.


As has become the tradition over the last almost quarter of a century, Sheffield will again mark the start to the indoor season, hence Bou will be looking to get his new campaign underway with an initial victory, although will face fierce opposition again especially in the form of Adam Raga – TRRS.


Raga is highly experienced and remains a dogged challenger to his younger Spanish compatriot, plus was the last rider to defeat Bou at Sheffield Indoor Trial back in 2016. This marked Raga’s second win on Yorkshire soil and there is no doubt that he will be as hungry as ever to record a hattrick of victories when he arrives back in the UK come late December.


Event promoters Avondale Management are closely following the outcome of the final events of the outdoor season, and which riders are in form, before announcing the other international protagonists who will take their places alongside Bou, Raga and home hero James Dabill – Beta as the three riders confirmed to date.


Since the passing of his father Martin in 2016, Dougie Lampkin – a former twelve times World champion himself and the winner of the first seven editions of Sheffield Indoor Trial from 1996 to 2002 has taken on the responsibility for designing and building the sections to challenge Bou and co. With planning already well underway for December’s edition Lampkin gave an insight of the challenge riders will face this year.


“With it being the 25th anniversary of Sheffield Indoor Trial and having lost my father’s business partner Neil Crosswaite earlier this year, both families are focused on delivering an event that both of them would have been proud of. From a section point of view, we have listened to which sections have been liked and remembered the most over the years and we will be doing our best to create some nostalgia, but with a modern twist.”


Lampkin ended by explaining: “Our aim is to create sections that showcase the riders’ undoubted skills, that creates a close competition that isn’t decided to the final hazard on the night and gives the opportunity for Bou and the other riders to produce a bit of magic that adds to an already rich history of Sheffield Indoor Trial.”


Ticket prices held again at the same level as the previous editions - £32.50 for adults and £22.50 for under 14s. Standard tickets can be purchased from the arena box office - 0114 256 56 56 or online at www.flydsaarena.co.uk – A limited number of VIP tickets - £99.95 - are available exclusively from G2F Media – 0161 763 6660 or online at www.g2fshop.com