Photos: X-Trial.com / The capital of Hungary hosted the first round of the 2019 X-Trial season, a series that will see 7 events throughout this first part of the year before going outdoors. Jorge Casales was arriving to the event after a strong preseason period, and being this one his second season at the helm of the Combat Vertical. At Sheffield, he already was at a great level, finishing inside the Top5, so everything was on point to give a proper start to the indoor campaign.

Night would eventually start really well for Casales, who was inside the first group of riders alongside with Dan Peace and Takahisa Fujinami. He scored the best punctuation of the heat with only 15 marks, enough to make it to the next round once the other two groups completed the opening lap.

In the second round, already with the 6 best riders coming from the previous one, Casales started with the first group as well, now with Adam Raga and Jeroni Fajardo. He finished with 15 marks again, this time after two maximums in section 2 and section 5, both with very difficult elements. That score wasn’t enough to reach Top4 positions, which would have given him the chance to fight for the podium, so he finally had to settle with 6th place.

Even though he wasn’t able to fight for the podium, Casales showed himself as a very strong competitor in Budapest, demonstrating that his feeling on the Combat Vertical is well settled after one year riding green, and what is more, with the sensation that his progression in indoor events is reaching higher stages (last time we saw Casales in an X-Trial was at last year’s opening event). Good news for him and the team is that in two weeks time they’ll both have a new opportunity in Barcelona, one of the most popular and important indoor events of the calendar. There, Casales is aiming to make a new step forward and consolidate himself inside the top spots of the series.


Vertigo starts the new year by announcing the signing of Lorenzo Gandola. The Italian is one of the most promising trials prospects worldwide, he is a former 125c.c. World Champion and last season he was able to grab some incredible results in his rookie season in the always competitive Trial2 class, and in the meantime, take the Italian Championship in the TR2 class.

Gandola joins the official Vertigo Factory Team, what means he will receive full factory support to demonstrate all his talent in the Trial2 World Championship, the European Championship and the outdoor and indoor Italian National Championships also thanks to the support Vertigo Italia will provide.

With this signing Vertigo secures a Top rider with yet, a great potential to develop. In 2018, he was able to snatch two top five as season-best in the Trial2 class, which puts him in position to reach even higher peaks in his second year in the class. With already four riders confirmed to contest the World Championship in the names of Jorge Casales, Berta Abellán, David Avendaño and now Lorenzo Gandola Vertigo consolidates its status as one of the referent teams in the world scene, and at the same time, increase its presence in the Italian Championship, one of the most important National series.