DABILL + VERTIGO ON THE PODIUM AGAIN

After a month long break the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship came back to life for the third round of the series held in the small German town of Gefrees where Vertigo factory rider James Dabill recorded his and the team’s second podium of the season to date.

Dabill took third spot on day two of the German Trial GP on board his fuel injected Combat to add to the rostrum placing that he earned at the opening round in Spain.

Absent from the series for five years, the German Trial GP made a welcome return to the calendar and to a venue that last hosted FIM Trial World Championship events back in 2011 and 2005. As in the past, the twelve sections that had been plotted were spread far and wide around the town, with predicted heavy thunderstorms in the region threatening to play havoc with Saturday’s competition. However, in reality day one played out in warm and sunny weather.

Despite the dry conditions both Vertigo factory riders struggled to find their initial rhythm and having both incurred four failures each, Jeroni Fajardo found himself down in seventh spot, with Dabill a further two places back after the first lap. It was to prove a similar story on the second tour as again Jeroni and James were unable to realise their full potential in the rocky hazards. Thankfully the Vertigo duo left their best until last, as both riders delivered much improved lap performances to climb the order come the close of the first day. The official classifications placed Jeroni in fifth and James in seventh to maintain their overall positions in the general standings.

The second day of competition again took place without the arrival of any significant rain, however some rain overnight did make conditions out on the course more slippery and forced two sections to be modified. The almost British like going, including a light shower early in the day, certainly suited Dabill well as he placed fourth by the end of lap one and close to a possible podium position. Two more solid lap scores saw Dabill beat both Takahisa Fujinami and Jaime Busto to the final rostrum place as he once again showed the true capabilities of the Combat when up against the fiercest of opposition.

Fajardo was unable to match the form of his team-mate on day two, but still managed to salvage a valuable sixth place and score some important championship points to put Vertigo third overall in the current manufacturers standings.

Fresh from enjoying his celebratory champagne Dabill said. “It feels great to be back on the podium again and this result is the perfect reward for the efforts of the whole team. After yesterday I knew I had to start better, and with a good first lap I had something to build on. Thankfully I was able to put together two more good laps and to ride my way on the podium. Two podiums so early in the season is even better than I hoped for, but shows just how good both the bike and team really are.”

Summing his weekend Fajardo stated. “Each weekend I am still learning and making progress and although perhaps the improvement is not directly showing in my results I know from my riding that we are definitely moving in the right direction. With my team behind me I am confident that I will be able to show my real level in the coming events. The performance of the bike is not in doubt, and I would like to congratulate James on his great result today.”

Both Vertigo factory riders will continue their respective campaigns in the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship at the next round in Andorra on 11/12th June.

 

 

VERTIGO MOTORS CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

With the Vertigo Combat models now in full production, Vertigo Motors, Spain is delighted to announce its latest official appointments as it continues to negotiate and reach agreement on a continuous basis both nationally and internationally in order to strengthen and grow its global sales and aftercare network.

Taking immediate effect the parties listed below have been exclusively sanctioned to act on behalf of Vertigo Motors within the geographical limits specified in each case.

1: Official and exclusive Vertigo distributor for Las Rozas, Madrid Name: MUDVILLE MOTORCYCLES Address: C/BELGRADO 24-A, LAS ROZAS, MADRID, SPAIN Phone: +34 916841022 Territory: Las Rozas, Madrid.

2: Official and exclusive Vertigo distributor for Pelayos de la Presa, Madrid Name: VAZQUEZ RACING Address: C/HILENO NO 12, 28696 PELAYOS DE LA PRESA, MADRID, SPAIN Phone: +34 918645386 Territory: Pelayos de la Presa, Madrid.

3: Official and exclusive Vertigo distributor for Cercedilla, Madrid Name: MOTOS ALFA Address: C/SAN ANDRES NO 46, 28470 CERCEDILLA, MADRID, SPAIN Phone: +34 8523097 Territory: Cercedilla, Madrid.

4: Official and exclusive Vertigo distributor for Finland, Norway, Denmark & Russia Name: J.O.A. INTERNATIONAL LTD Address: KOSKELOMTIE 16 A, 02020 ESPOO, FINLAND Phone: +358 405045999 Territory: Finland, Norway, Denmark & Russia.

5: Official and exclusive Vertigo distributor for Brazil Name: MOTO TRIAL BRASIL Address: RUA PITANGUI, 2831 A BELO HORIZONTE, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL Phone: +5531 25520399 Territory: Brazil.

Without exception, each appointed party has a great passion and a vast experience within the sport of trial and therefore Vertigo Motors are confident in these exciting and new collaborations, and wish their newly appointed official Vertigo distributors every success now and in the future as they each play their important role in establishing and growing the brand around the World.

VERTIGO MOTORS CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

 

CROSSBOW TAKES TO THE WORLD STAGE

The grand occasion of the opening round of the 2016 UCI Trial World Cup in Krakow, Poland this weekend will see Crossbow Bicycles – the sister project to Vertigo Motors – take to the international stage. Led by Spain’s Ferran Escudero and accompanied by Eloi Palau plus Joan Torres the exciting new Crossbow project will look to show both its pedigree and potential as it competes against the best bike riders and brands within this highly technical discipline in the shadows of the beautiful buildings that define this Polish city.

A quick resume of Ferran’s palmares confirms that he certainly has the experience and talent to be worthy of his place at the head of the Crossbow Team.

2nd UCI Catalan Cup 20′ 2016

5th UCI Spanish Champion 2015

1st BIU Catalan Indoor Cup 2015

3rd BIU Spanish Champ 2014

Top 10 World BIU 2015

Explaining his story to date and his future targets Escudero said. “I started to ride trials when I was fifteen, back then it was only a hobby, but immediately my goal was to compete and to earn my place in the top category. At the same time I was studying mechanical engineering and teaching trials to younger children, which was my job until now.

“I’m now actually riding all national and international championships in the top category. Then since April until now I have been leading the Crossbow project. My main goal at the moment is to reignite the production of Crossbow bike, and together with Vertigo team, develop some improvements so we can become the best brand in this sector. For me being involved in this project and this great team is both an honour and a pleasure.”

 

VERTIGO WIN SECOND STRAIGHT SSDT TITLE

The amazing story continues as Dougie Lampkin rode his Combat to victory at the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) for the second straight year, two in a row for Vertigo and a total of ten SSDT titles for Dougie. There was even more great news for the team, which only made its debut at the Scottish twelve short months ago, as Vertigo factory rider James Dabill made it two Combats in the top three as he rode his way back on to the podium after a slow start to the week.

One mark off the lead at the halfway point Lampkin re-took control of the top spot come the end of the longest day on Thursday having been bitterly disappointed to have surrendered the yellow leader plate for the first time ever to Michael Brown having initially led the trial on Tuesday night.

As was written previously, the long history of the SSDT shows that Thursday can often prove decisive in the ultimate battle to win the main trophy. Fully aware of this, Dougie used the opportunity of the one hundred and twenty-one-mile route to reconfirm his superiority on the event as he completed the day for just a single dab to create a four-mark advantage at the top of the overall results come the close of day four.

With the all-important yellow leader board firmly fixed to the front of his Combat, Dougie went into Friday intent on increasing his lead over his main rival Brown. Typically, Lampkin was at his best just when it mattered and made light work of the almost hundred mile trip around the peninsula based route by completing day five for the loss of no marks. With Brown having dropped two marks over the same course, Dougie took a six-mark gap into Saturday’s showdown. Dabill matched Lampkin’s Friday performance as he also went clean and moved into third place overall.

Saturday dawned with increased significance for Dougie, with the memory of the sad and recent passing of his father Martin resting heavy on his strong shoulders, adding to this already tense occasion. Riding at the front of the field Lampkin found the hazards on day six at their worst with no clear lines and still incredibly slippery. The combination of Dougie’s skill and experience plus the incredible reliability and performance of the fuel injected Combat came together at the important moment to see Lampkin further extend his gap over Brown come the finish, as his main rival failed to capitalise on his late starting position on the final day.

With a winning margin of nine marks to collect his tenth and the second SSDT title for Vertigo Lampkin said. “As you can imagine this is a very special moment for me, my family and the Vertigo team. To win here last year on the Combat on its debut was amazing, but this feels even better to have been able to come back in not the best of circumstances and to be able to win again. Last year the prototype proved itself and today the production version of the Combat has shown just how good it is during what has been a tough week for all bikes and riders. I can’t thank everyone at Vertigo and inside my own team for their incredible support and helping me achieve my tenth SSDT win after such a difficult few weeks. Roll on 2017, perhaps we can make it three in a row for Vertigo?”

Third placed Dabill stated. “The week didn’t start too well for me, but gradually I found my rhythm in these type of sections from Thursday onwards really. In the end I was able to finish quite strongly and to grab the final podium place feels like some reward for what has been a long and hard week. I am really pleased to see my friend and team mate Dougie lift the title again, as no man deserves it more than him. We have a great team spirit inside the Vertigo family and to have two Combats in the top three at the SSDT shows just how much everyone has been working once again. Well done Dougie and well done to everyone in the Vertigo team.”

 

VERTIGO REMAIN IN CLOSE CONTENTION AT SSDT

With the halfway point in the 2016 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) having now been reached, defending champion and factory Vertigo rider Dougie Lampkin remains very much in contention to repeat his famous victory of last year. After three tough days of competition in wintery weather conditions Lampkin holds a strong second place just one mark away from current event leader Michael Brown with three more testing days still to ride.

Having managed to limit the damage to his SSDT title assault on the rain struck first day, Dougie made the absolute most from his late starting position on day two – Tuesday – as he used the smooth power of his fuel injected Combat to great effect as he remained feet up through all thirty sections on the day.

Sixth at the end of day one, this incredible performance by Lampkin on the second day of this year’s SSDT was enough to see the defending champion and already nine times winner of this classic event to move into the overall lead come Tuesday evening. From being six marks behind initial leader Joe Baker on Monday, Dougie put himself one mark the better of his closest rival Brown.

Wednesday saw a more familiar route, after Tuesdays various new groups of hazards and another seventy-five miles of tough going for all the riders who had made it through to day three. Whilst unable to match his previous day’s showing Dougie still produced another strong performance dropping just two marks before lunch to keep himself within touching distance of the top spot. Publication of the official results late on Wednesday evening revealed that Lampkin had been docked an extra mark later in the day, which remains disputed by Dougie going into today’s trial.

With Lampkin currently in second spot, Vertigo can count on two riders inside the top five placing overall with James Dabill currently holding fifth spot as he still looks to find his best form at an event that is so different to the recent World Championship rounds he has recently contended.

In what remains a real test of man and machine, tired bodies and general fatigue have played a major part in each riders’ ability to reach the finish each day, during an ultra tough week when the Vertigo Combat has again had the opportunity to prove not only its sheer performance but also its great reliability.

Today the remaining riders are currently facing the longest and perhaps most difficult route of the week at one hundred and twenty-one miles in length. Previous editions of the SSDT show that Thursday can often be decisive in deciding the ultimate winner, so by the close of play today the rider who will eventually lift the famous trophy on Saturday may become more apparent.

 

VERTIGO RETURNS TO DEFEND SSDT TITLE

Just twelve months ago Vertigo created history at the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) as Dougie Lampkin rode the then prototype Combat to victory on what was its debut for the revolutionary two-stroke fuel injected machine in this World famous event. That marked Lampkin’s ninth SSDT win, in what remains regarded as the ultimate reliability test for both man and machine.

Yesterday marked the start of the 2016 SSDT in Fort William, Scotland with nearly three hundred riders from twenty countries having once again gathered to do battle in this ultra-tough almost week long competition. A year on from fielding a few prototype bikes, Vertigo is back at the SSDT this year with almost thirty production versions of the Combat model inside the entry with again Dougie leading the line up as he looks to defend this coveted title.

Typically, yesterday saw the latest edition of this historic event get underway in extremely testing conditions with torrential rain playing havoc with the planned sections. Rising water levels forced the organisers to cancel eight of the thirty sections on Monday’s route, six of these being in the opening group which was simply impassable due to the rain that fell throughout Sunday night and for most of Monday morning.

Riding number twenty-five Dougie was at the front of the field on day one and had to lead the way in terms of plotting a route through the deep water that filled many of the hazards before the lunch break. Far from ideal, as the water levels fell for the late riders as the rain reduced as the day wore on, Lampkin survived his opening encounter relatively well and holds an initial sixth position on a total of eight marks going into day two.

With a slightly more suited starting position mid-way through the pack, factory Vertigo rider James Dabill – number one hundred and seven – also confirmed himself as a contender with a solid first day performance. Dabill, who is already twice a winner of this event, ended Monday with a loss of six marks and in fifth position to make it two Combats inside the top six at this early stage of the 2016 SSDT.

Despite the terrible weather all the Vertigo riders made it safely back to the parc ferme by the close of play on Monday. For those brave enough to continue, today will see the riders face a ninety-three mile route that is hard to predict, with several new groups of sections included for what is sure to be another punishing day in the saddle.

All Vertigo riders present at the SSDT have the full support of the factory staff who are on hand to assist as and when required and can make full use of the Vertigo service / hospitality vehicle that is situated just a few metres from the entrance to the parc ferme. Just one more reason why it makes sense to become part of the growing Vertigo family.

VERTIGO RETURNS TO DEFEND SSDT TITLE