DOUBLE VICTORY FOR VERTIGO AT THE OPENING ROUND OF THE FIM EUROPEAN TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Great news for Vertigo came this weekend from Zelhem (The Netherlands), the spot were the 2017 European Trial Championship was set to kick off, as Toby Martyn and Manuel Coppetti topped the podium in their respective classes to clinch for Vertigo an outstanding double victory.
With a very variable weather, where rain would come and go several times, more difficulty was added for the riders as sections turned to be slippery, leaving the big rocks nearly impossible to overtake.  Despite this, as the time went by the sun began to rise allowing all the riders to improve during their second laps around the 15 sections the race was composed of.

Vertigo’s young talent Toby Martyn came to Zelhem after a tough beginning at his homesoil series, where yet he hasn’t been able to show all his potential. Even though, here in The Netherlands things went quite a lot different, with Martyn performing in a great level positioning himself as a victory contender. With the first lap done, many riders were fighting alongside with Martyn for the podium positions. The Vertigo rider ended with 14 marks, only one away from the top spot of the classification.

But the best was yet to come, as Martyn made an excellent second lap, only leaving 5 marks at the helm of his Combat Ice Hell. Both the rider and the bike were at a great level, leading the young Brit to end the competition with 19 marks, the same as his countrymate Dan Peace (Gas Gas), but with a larger number of cleans (24), Martyn was crowned as the first winner of 2017 season in the FIM European Trial Championship.

In the meantime Vertigo was celebrating this great performance by Toby Martyn, yet another Vertigo rider was making great advances through the day in the Junior Cup. Manuel Copetti lead the way in this Junior Class from the very beginning. Even he was not able to be the best in the first lap, with 30 marks, Copetti only did one more than the two riders who were in front of him. Following what happened with the premier class, punctuations dropped dramatically in the second lap. Copetti gave his very best to come home with only 13 marks17 lessthan the first time to take the overall victory leaving 5 points behind their opponents.

It was undoubtedly an exceptional beginning of the FIM European Trial Championship by our young talents, who gave Vertigo an historic double victory. Next round of the European Series will be held in Bilstain (Belgium) next weekend, where Martyn and Copetti will be trying to keep on with this great results.

 

TOP 5 FINISH FOR VERTIGO AND DOUGIE LAMPKIN AT THE 3 DIES TRIAL SANTIGOSA 2017

This past weekend took place in Sant Joan de les Abadesses (Spain), one of the most popular races for trial riders worldwide. The “3 Dies Trial Santigosa” kicked off for their 46th time, being once again, a huge success in terms of public attendance as well as participation with about 200 riders taking part in this edition.

This year Dougie Lampkin acted as Vertigo’s official rider for the event, one race he knows very well, as he had already taken part in it a few times carrying one overall victory in 1997. Alongside with Dougie, about14 Vertigo riders participated in Santigosa, being provided with assistance by the Vertigo staff.

Following the same routine of every year, Jeroni Fajardo came to the “3 Dies Trial Santigosa” to compete at least in one of the days of competition. This time, the opening day which was on Friday, was the time that we could see Jeroni ripping Santigosa’s sections, finishing at the end of the day in a great third position with only three penalties after cleaning almost all the 31 sections that composed this first day. In the meantime, Dougie was also making great advances, as he arrived with a clean target to the last four sections, where he made one mark in each of them to finish the opening day with 4 penalties in a great 5th position.

Second day of competition fired off with some extra difficulties due to the rain fell during Friday’s afternoon,leaving for Saturday slippery and wet conditions. Dougie Lampkin, who is actually preparing himself for another edition of the SSDT where he can make history once again by winning for the 11th time, was riding at a high level once more, showing great style throughout the sections and demonstrating that his skills and abilities on a trial bike are still there. At the end of Saturday, Dougie was third in the general standings tied with Jorge Casales (Beta), with only eleven marks after 62 sections.

Finally, last day of competition saw the same competitive Doguie Lampkin, who was able to battle against premier class riders of the Trial GP World Championship like Takahisa Fujinami or Jorge Casales. Even Dougie does not have the same level of training as he used to have some years ago, he managed to keep up the rhythmset by all these talented riders, ending this last day with huge options to snatch a podium finish at this popular race. At the end, only one mark separated Dougie from the second place, ending the three days with only 14 marks, the same as Jaime Busto, who was finally fourth dropping Dougie back to fifth as Oriol Noguera (Gas Gas) and Jorge Casales (Beta) were also tied for the second spot of the podium with thirteen marks.

Despite Dougie couldn’t get into the podium, this race has seen Vertigo’s ambassador in a good shape before a attacking a new win in the SSDT. Vertigo family scored yet another Top 5 finish by Jordi Picola, who was fifth in Veteran A class.

 

FIFTH POSITION FOR JERONI FAJARDO IN SIGÜENZA

After achieving third place in the FIM X-Trial World Championship, Jeroni arrived at the appointment full of confidence and with the intention of improving the seventh place in the first race of the national contest held in Manacor de la Vall. A very demanding route, with areas full of large steps that put in serious trouble all participants, causing the Sigüenza was a trial with quite high scores.

Jeroni Fajardo was fighting for podium positions throughout the day. In the first of the laps Fajardo accumulated 24 points after scoring two fiascos in two of the last three zones. Until then, the trial of the pilot of Vertigo was being very solid and with few errors.

Already in the second round to the twelve zones that made up the route, Jeroni could substantially improve. Knowing that he had to do his best to have options to get on the podium, Fajardo knew how to learn from the first round to score only 17 points in the second, third best score of the round, which however, in the end was not worth to be placed also among the three best of the trial, being fifth with the same points as Jorge Casales (Beta), which would be fourth thanks to the greater number of zeros accumulated in the passage through the different areas. Jeroni finished with 41 points, four more than the third classified.

After this result Jeroni remains in the seventh position of the provisional SPEA RFME Championship of Spain of Trial, shortening differences with respect to the pilots that precede it.

The next race for the TR1 drivers will be on June 11 in Arnedillo, La Rioja.

 

JERONI FAJARDO EARNS A THIRD PLACE IN NICE

Nice saw yesterday the last round of the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship, which turned to be the very best of the ends for Vertigo and Jeroni Fajardo, who performed in a great level to get the third step of the podium and also the third place in the overall standings.

Jeroni Fajardo was set to compete once again against Albert Cabestany in the qualification, precisely his rival on the fight for the podium of the championship. With two disappointing last outings where Jeroni couldn’t stand out his actual level, yesterday was set as the day to recover from that performances, with Jeroni being confident to find his way to bounce back and fight for the podium. Yet in the early stages of the competition, Jeroni demonstrated thatthe night in Nice was one to make history, as he was outstanding in the qualification, being penalized with only 6 marks, just one behind the leaders after leaving one mark in section 4 and a five in the last one, where all the other riders also struggled.

When in the final, Jeroni knew from the very first moment that it depended only on himself to clinch the third position of the Championship, something that required a podium finish in Nice after seeing Albert Cabestany dropping to seventh place. Jeroni stayed focus, knowing exactly what he had to do. And so did he through the final, having a great ride at the helm of his Ice Hell to end the round with thirteen points after two consecutive fives in sections 4 and 5 plus one mark in number 2 and two more in the last one. If the nerves weren’t already on the edge, the former Vertigo rider James Dabill, added more tension ending the final with also 13 marks, leading the night for both riders to a dramatic tie-break for the last spot of the podium.

It was then when Jeroni Fajardo emerged with a powerful ride to beat James and become the winner of the race, achieving another podium finish after the one he snatched earlier this year in Barcelona, and eventually coming back home with the first podium for Vertigo in the FIM X-Trial World Championship. 

It was a great end to a tough series that finally rewarded Jeroni and all the Vertigo team for all their hard work through the series and also during the preseason months.

Jeroni Fajardo’s statements:

“I’m very happy. We went to Nice trying to perform the best we could because after Marseille it seemed that we didn’t have any options to reach the third position of the Championship. We worked really hard throughout the week to arrive in a good shape, with a better feeling than the one we have had over the last races and just try to make a proper weekend and well, so it was! I was able to perform in a great level, specially in the first lap with only one point. Then, after seeing Albert back in seventh, I was aware that I only had to get a podium finish in Nice to accomplish the third place of Championship as well. This gave me quite more pressure when the final began. Even though, I felt comfortable during it, holding a great battle with James Dabill for the third position. Finally, I could beat him in the tie-break to take both the third place of the night and the third place of the Championship. I’m really happy with my ride, to be back in a solid level and feeling comfortable aboard my Vertigo. It is a great satisfaction to be again inside the Top 3 of the world, I already achieved it earlier in 2005, and after thirteen years is just amazing to reach it again. I couldn’t be much happier”.