TOP1O FOR JORGE CASALES AT TRIALGP BELGIUM

The TrialGP World Championship put an end to two months of intensive racing by celebrating the last GP before the summer break. Belgium was the country to host this 6th round of the season, with Comblain au Pont being the centre of the race.

Saturday began quite well for Jorge Casales, who was able to set an impressive time in Qualifying 1 that allowed him to stay in 1st place almost all the session. Only Toni Bou (Montesa) was fastest, soCasales would end 2nd this first qualification. Being amongst the riders who chose a fastest line just after the start, Casales was in the mood to establish himself in the top spots again, but then he lost his front wheel at one of the dusty and slippery rocks of the section. This maximum would eventually drop him to 11th.

On Sunday Casales struggled to find the pace he had at the beginning of the season, and as the race was going on the differences between him and the top spots was also getting bigger. He ended lap 1 with a total of 48 marks, and despite his efforts and improvements during lap 2, he was only capable to low his punctuation to 40 marks and so, having little chances to catch the riders he had just ahead of him. Casales finished in 10th place.

The World Championship takes now a small breath to resume the 2018 season in September with the last two rounds of the calendar.

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VERTIGO COMBAT VERTICAL 125c.c.

Vertigo’s commitment with young riders is a fact. What is more, this season the brand kick-started the Vertigo Junior Factory Team programme, which is currently helping several international riders to go on with their riding in their respective National Championships. Following this line of promoting and enhancing trials young prospects, Vertigo is really pleased to unveil its first 125c.c. model.

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TRICKY TRIALGP FRANCE FOR VERTIGO’S FACTORY RIDERS

This weekend the TrialGP World Championship celebrated its 5th round of the 2018 series. The venue to host the event was the Alpine ski resort of Auron, in France. Jorge Casales and Matteo Poli were joint this time by the newly-crowned Spanish Champion Berta Abellán, as TrialGP Women class was coming back to action for round 2 of the season after the opening round that was held in Japan a month ago.

In the premier class Jorge Casales wasn’t able to find his usual pace. In France, he was already struggling in the Qualifying section, where he could only finish 11th, which was in fact, an important handicap towards Sunday’s race, as he would be the 4th rider to enter the sections. On lap 1 things wentpretty complicated, ending it with 45 marks, too much to be in contention for the positions he usually fights for. On lap 2 he could recover some of the lost ground by delivering a target of 28 marks, 17 lessthan in the opening lap. That allowed him to move up some positions in the standings to finally leave France in 11th place.

In the Trial2 class, Matteo Poli put himself as one of the fastest riders on Saturday. He was 4th in the Q1, then finished 8th in which was a pretty tight Q2. Contrary to what happened in TrialGP, the differences between the top riders were closer in the Trial2 class. Poli started off well with an impressive first part of the trial, but two maximums within the last 6 sections dropped him in the standings. On lap 2 he was quite irregular, so he wasn’t able to bounce back having to settle for 10th. Poli ended the race with 31 marks, 12 on the opening lap and 19 on the second one.

After her double podium at TrialGP Japan, with 3rd place on both days of competition, Vertigo’s Factory Rider Berta Abellán landed on French soil as the runner-up in the provisional standings. A bit unlucky on Saturday’s Qualification, where she left a maximum, Abellán had to fight against an early starting position. Despite that fact, the Spaniard had a solid race, ending the opening lap with 22 marks and leaving only 20 on lap 2. This performance wasn’t enough to make it to the podium, she was 4th, but it allowed her to remain in 2nd place of the Championship Standings.

The TrialGP World Championship moves now to Belgium for round 6 of the calendar, which is gonna take place next weekend in Comblain-au-Pont.

VERTIGO Y BERTA ABELLÁN CONSIGUEN EL TÍTULO NACIONAL DE TRIAL 2018

La localidad leonesa de Pobladura de las Regueras fue la sede de la 4ª prueba del Campeonato de España de Trial 2018. Por un lado, esta suponía la 3ª cita para los pilotos TR1, que no habían estado presentes en Sarrià de Ter (Girona), mientras que para la categoría Femenino A, suponía la última y definitiva batalla por el título Nacional 2018. Vertigo volvía a tener presentes a sus dos pilotos oficiales en competición, con Jorge Casales encuadrado en la categoría reina, TR1, y Berta Abellán en Femenino A,dónde mandaba en la clasificación general.

Empezando por TR1, el fin de semana no fue precisamente fácil para Jorge Casales. El trial, programado a dos días de competición, vio como la lluvia y el barro se convertían en los inesperados protagonistas, especialmente el sábado, dejando las zonas muy resbaladizas y con poca tracción. En estas delicadas condiciones Casales terminó 7º el primer día. Sin  embargo, en el segundo podría mejorar ostensiblemente, siendo capaz de escalar hasta la 5ª posición, su mejor resultado de la temporada en el Nacional, mucho más cerca de los primeros puestos especialmente después de culminar unespectacular 2º paso por las zonas, en el que penalizó únicamente 7 puntos. A estos puntos se les debía añadir 28, que fueron los penalizados en la vuelta inaugural. Tras esta prueba sube un puesto en la provisional del Campeonato, ahora es 6º.

Las mayores alegrías vinieron de la mano de Berta Abellán. Su temporada está siendo impresionante:líder del Campeonato de Europa, podio en la 1ª prueba del Mundial y 2ª clasificada en la general, y este fin de semana, nueva Campeona de España de Trial 2018. Tal y como viene siendo habitual en esta campaña, las cosas estuvieron muy ajustadas entre las tres primeras clasificadas, siendo Abellán,quién se acabaría llevando el gato al agua tanto el sábado como el domingo. Al igual que les pasó a los pilotos de TR1, el barro puso en serios aprietos a todas las participantes, un hecho que combinado con unas zonas en las que era complicado marcar diferencias, exigía mantener la concentración en todo momento para no cometer fallos y perder las opciones a luchar por la victoria.

La victoria del sábado se gestó gracias a dos vueltas muy sólidas, con 15 y 14 puntos respectivamente. Siendo la mejor en ambas, nadie pudo disputarle el triunfo. El domingo la clave estuvo en la 2ª pasada. En la 1ª había marcado 8, por 6 de Murcia (Beta), que era quién lideraba. Así que tocaba apretar para mejorar y alcanzar de nuevo la victoria. Y así lo hizo, una increíble puntuación de 3 le otorgó el liderato y le valió para subir de nuevo al cajón más alto del podio.

El Campeonato de Abellán ha sido sensacional. Tras las dos primeras pruebas, en las que había finalizado 2ª en ambas, ganó en Sarrià de Ter y también los dos días en Pobladura, proclamándose con total merecimiento, Campeona de España de Trial 2018. Este supone además, el primer título Nacional para Vertigo.

DECLARACIONES BERTA ABELLÁN:

“El primer día hice 15 puntos en la 1ª vuelta y 14ª en la segunda. Estuvo muy apretado con Neus Murcia, ya que nos jugábamos el Campenato. Tras poder ganar el sábado, el domingo pude ir un poco menos presionada, aunque las diferencias volvieron a ser mínimas. Nos llovió los dos días, había mucho barro y en general el nivel era fácil, así que era muy fácil cometer errores. Finalmente, muy contenta con el resultado, el trato y las ganas que le hemos puesto entre todos los del equipo para llevarnos el Campeonato”.

 

COMPLICATED WEEKEND FOR CASALES AND POLI AT TRIALGP PORTUGAL

With no time to rest after last week’s TrialGP Andorra, the World Championship paddock landed in Portugal, venue for round 4 of the 2018 calendar. The official Vertigo Factory riders, Jorge Casales and Matteo Poli, were arriving with high levels of confidence, specially after both getting great results in Andorra, where they got sixth place in their respective classes.

In Gouveia Jorge Casales lived the hardest race so far this season. Even though he felt great on the bike during the Qualifying on Saturday to finish in 6th place, on Sunday he struggled to find his pace through the Portuguese sections, dropping several maximums that finally put him far from the top spots. His two laps were quite the same regarding punctuations, as he ended lap 1 with 38 marks and 39 on lap 2. Three consecutive maximums on both laps in the opening 3 sections opened a gap that was nearly impossible to recover, so he finally finished in ninth.

Matteo Poli had a promising performance in Andorra a week before, but he neither felt comfortable on Portuguese soil. On Saturday he was 2nd fastest in Qualifying, but 1 mark dropped him to 14th place. Already on Sunday, scores between the Trial2 riders were again pretty tight, so every single mistake meant the lost of several positions in the standings. Three maximums on the opening lap were too much to keep close to the top spots, and even he improved on lap 2 it was too late to bounce back. Poli ended the race with 33 marks and in 11th place.

Now, the TrialGP World Championship takes a little breath. Next race will be in France in three weeks time.