PROMISING TRIALGP DEBUT FOR JAIME BUSTO AND PAU MARTÍNEZ IN ITALY

The TrialGP World Championship got underway this weekend at the amazing Metzeler Off Road Park facilities in Pietramurata. Vertigo had four Factory riders in competition for this season opener, with newcomer Jaime Busto and Jorge Casales in the TrialGP class, the second one starting his sophomore season with the brand, and two other riders that joined Busto in their first GP aboard the Vertical R. Lorenzo Gandola was set to do so in the Trial2 class and Pau Martínez in Trial125.

Heavy rain hit the Italian soil specially on Saturday, leaving slippery conditions and small grip for the warm-up session in the morning and the Qualification session, which for second year running was scheduled at night. That resulted in the toughest qualifying ever, with any rider amongst the TrialGP starting list being able to make it through a section that even in dry conditions would have been a tough one to clear. Jaime Busto managed to get a second place though, Casales was 13th, Gandola 6th in Trial2 and Pau Martínez got the victory in the Trial125 class.

On race day Jaime Busto wasted no time on showing how fast he has adapted to the Vertical R. The young Spaniard quickly appeared as one of the most inspired riders ending lap 1 in an outstanding second place, but he wasn’t able to hold that place until the end, dropping a few positions during lap 2 to eventually come home in 5th, which is indeed a great result taking into consideration the small training he was carrying towards the Italian event aboard the new bike. Jorge Casales didn’t have his best weekend in Trentino, he struggled to find the race pace which didn’t allow him to perform at his usual level. A tough opening lap meant he had to improve on the second one in order to climb some positions. He ended up in 13th place.

In the Trial2 class local hero Lorenzo Gandola was the third rider of the team making his debut aboard the Vertigo in a World Championship event. The Italian combined amazing sections with some mistakes that in the end costed him the chance to get a better result, specially in this class, as every mark carries important consequences in the standings.

Finally, in Trial125 Pau Martínez, who put his name at the top of the standings on Saturday’s Qualifications session, had to battle for the podium spots against several competitors that also showed a great level. Pretty close to the 3rd place during the race, the Spaniard rising star wasn’t able to reduce the 5 marks difference that were separating him from the podium, so he had to settle with a 4th place finish.

In two weeks time, Japan will host the second round of the series. Motegi will see Berta Abellán for the first time this season in the World Championship scene, as TrialGP Women will start their series in the Japanese event.

VERTIGO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF JAIME BUSTO

Vertigo is delighted to announce the signing of Jaime Busto, currently one of the greatest trial stars worldwide to contest the TrialGP World Championship and the remaining rounds of the Spanish Championship.

Despite only being 21 years old, the rider coming from Górliz (Vizcaya) has proved over the last seasons he is in shape to fight for victories and podium finishes in the TrialGP and X-Trial series, with many successful results and a meteoric progression which Vertigo is expecting to give a new drive starting this week, as Busto will make his debut aboard the Vertical R in Italy for the TrialGP 2019 season opener.

Busto leads a new generation of riders that is going to play an important role in the coming years, that is why Vertigo didn’t hesitate when the opportunity of signing him came up. Vertigo considers his youth, ambition, talent and motivation gives him what it takes to fight absolutely for everything. From the very first moment, Busto’s affection towards Vertigo’s proposal was very positive, specially after a test run aboard the Vertical R.

With Busto joining the Factory Team, Vertigo reinforces its bet on talented young prospects, securing a line-up plenty of world-class riders with a great potential to develop in the coming years. Jorge Casales, Berta Abellán, Lorenzo Gandola, Pau Martínez and Jaime Busto himself, make up a factory squad that under the watchful eye of 12 Times World Champion Dougie Lampkin, is set to fight for the top spots in the TrialGP World Championship.

DOUGIE LAMPKIN COMES CLOSE TO HIS 13TH SSDT VICTORY, DAGNICOURT GETS BEST NEWCOMER’S

Dougie Lampkin missed his 13th SSDT victory and which would have been Vertigo’s 5th one despite giving absolutely everything throughout the six intense and long days of this iconic trial, the toughest one in the calendar.

Vertigo’s ambassador and developer delivered a powerful performance at the helm of the Vertical R, that demonstrated what it is capable of by letting Lampkin ride at his best in each of the 180 sections that make up the race. Competition began on Monday with Lampkin leaving one mark at the second group of sections, which meant his trail on main rival Dabill, who remained faultless on the opening day, had already begun.

Day two was the toughest one for Lampkin, having to face his early day with many sections featuring very slippery conditions. He lost 3 marks in a section where grip was really hard to find as not many riders had gone through before, and that would eventually be one of the key moments of the trial, as now Lampkin was four points behind his country fellow. Wednesday was a solid day for Lampkin, the 12 times World Champion and SSDT winner only left a single dab and started catching up with Dabill, who lost two. By the half-way stage they were carrying 2 and 5 marks.

Thursday, which is usually one of the toughest days of the week was easier than expected, meaning the battle for the top spots didn’t suffer any change as the leading duo cleared all the sections without a single mistake. On day five Lampkin continued to push hard and minimized the difference with the current leader thanks to finishing with just a single dab against two of his rival. So everything was set for the last showdown, pretty much replicating what happened last year, with Lampkin trailing Dabill by 2 marks.

Lampkin displayed all his technique and riding skills in order to keep his victory chances alive until the last sections of the day, but this time wasn’t enough and with both riders matching punctuations in 1 mark Lampkin had to settle for second with 7 points at the end, two behind Dabill. It was an incredible battle between these two throughout the week, with Lampkin minimizing little by little the gap his former teammate was able to open specially on the opening stages. The 13th victory will have to wait, but with Lampkin showing such a great level against active TrialGP riders it is more than evident next year his chances of getting the trophy back remain as high as any time he has been on the starting line.

There is another performance that deserves special mention. Benoit Dagnicourt got the Best Newcomer’s award thanks to an incredible week in the SSDT, struggling a bit during the first stages but making huge improvements once he got used to the tricky rocky sections, he built his way up to a very positive 19th place overall. On the other hand, Carlos Casas and Vertigo had the privilege to wear the SSDT number 1 plate, an honour that before this year’s edition had only been given to local riders.

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