JAIME BUSTO CLAIMS AN IMPRESSIVE SECOND PLACE AT TRIALGP FRANCE

The alpine resort of Auron completed back-to-back racing weekends with round 6 of the TrialGP World Championship calendar. Jaime Busto and Jorge Casales standed out in the TrialGP class thanks to a pair of great performances, with Busto claiming a desired podium result that he has been looking for since the series started in Italy. Berta Abellán offered yet again another great performance which extended her podium-streak of second places to three.

Jaime Busto was able to put it all together in Auron. The youngster offered a complete, regular and consistent trial that allowed him to be inside the Top 3 in every session. Already on Saturday he managed to leave behind a pretty disappointing Qualification session in Portugal by finishing 3rd in France. On race day he kept that momentum throughout the trial, loosing only 12 and 10 marks in both laps to put the Vertical R into the second place of the race. A brilliant result that illustrates the great job and evolution Busto has experienced, and at the same time, the huge potential that exists combining Busto’s talent and the competitive edge of the Vertical R.

The other Factory rider in the TrialGP class, Jorge Casales, continued his streak of positive performances. After being 5th on Saturday’s qualifying, on Sunday he would eventually drop down one place to 6th. His result was mainly influenced by sections 10 and 14, which he fived on both laps costing him a better result on French soil. He ended up with 21 marks in both runs through the 15 sections. His second season with Vertigo is being a great one, he is sitting in 7th in the general standings, only 3 points behind the 6th place after the strong results he has scored in the last rounds.

The alpine resort of Auron completed back-to-back racing weekends with round 6 of the TrialGP World Championship calendar. Jaime Busto and Jorge Casales standed out in the TrialGP class thanks to a pair of great performances, with Busto claiming a desired podium result that he has been looking for since the series started in Italy. Berta Abellán offered yet again another great performance which extended her podium-streak of second places to three.

Jaime Busto was able to put it all together in Auron. The youngster offered a complete, regular and consistent trial that allowed him to be inside the Top 3 in every session. Already on Saturday he managed to leave behind a pretty disappointing Qualification session in Portugal by finishing 3rd in France. On race day he kept that momentum throughout the trial, loosing only 12 and 10 marks in both laps to put the Vertical R into the second place of the race. A brilliant result that illustrates the great job and evolution Busto has experienced, and at the same time, the huge potential that exists combining Busto’s talent and the competitive edge of the Vertical R.

The other Factory rider in the TrialGP class, Jorge Casales, continued his streak of positive performances. After being 5th on Saturday’s qualifying, on Sunday he would eventually drop down one place to 6th. His result was mainly influenced by sections 10 and 14, which he fived on both laps costing him a better result on French soil. He ended up with 21 marks in both runs through the 15 sections. His second season with Vertigo is being a great one, he is sitting in 7th in the general standings, only 3 points behind the 6th place after the strong results he has scored in the last rounds.

GANDOLA AND ABELLÁN GIVE VERTIGO A DOUBLE PODIUM AT TRIALGP PORTUGAL

The TrialGP paddock headed to Portugal this weekend for round 5 of the 2019 series. Jorge Casales and Jaime Busto arrived in great shape to Gouveia, as the Vertigo duo had delivered impressive performances just a week before in the Spanish Championship. Also Berta Abellán and Lorenzo Gandola landed on Portuguese soil with high hopes.

In the premier class it was again a solid weekend for Jorge Casales, who rode excellent the whole event. The Spaniard got himself inside the Top 5 in every session, confirming he is currently in top form. On Saturday he finished the qualification session in 4th place, a result that he would eventually replicate on race day after what was an intense battle for the podium spots with Fajardo and Fujinami. The three matched their punctuation in both laps, 21 and 15 marks to finish in a triple tie after the 30 sections. Then, time become crucial and with 3 extra marks Casales had to settle with 4th, one mark ahead of Fujinami and 3 behind Fajardo, who stayed on 36.

Things simply didn’t go as Jaime Busto’s way in Portugal. After scoring his first podiums aboard the Vertical R in the Spanish Championship just a week ago, the youngster had a tough qualifying session on Saturday that forced him to be the first premier class rider out on Sunday. He struggled to find his pace throughout the Portuguese sections on lap 1, but managed to improve on lap 2 to round out the event in a pretty solid 7th place.

In the Trial2 class Lorenzo Gandola had a brilliant GP in Portugal aboard the Vertical R that saw him reaching the 3rd step of the box, his first podium since he moved up from the Trial125 class last year. The Italian was finally able to record a consistent race, with no mistakes and traducing his great talent into a solid overall result. In fact, he ended up in third, but kept his victory chances alive until the last section of the trial by ending just 2 marks behind the leaders. On the opening lap Gandola collected 17 marks, in the second one could improve and leave only 8. An impressive result for him, which for sure will mean a great boost of confidence towards next weekend’s TrialGP France.

The second podium for Vertigo arrived thanks to Berta Abellán, she was again at the top of her game and finished as runner-up. Her progression has been amazing, she was the only rider to threat Emma Bristow as she went into lap 2 with 19 marks against 18 from the Brit. Abellán would keep that level on the second run through the 15 sections and with a punctuation of 20 she ended up with 39, only 5 away from Bristow’s 32.

Abellán and the rest of the Vertigo Factory team will have another opportunity in just a few days time. France will hold round 6 of the series next weekend with Pau Martínez and the rest of the Trial125 coming back to action.

ANOTHER SOLID PERFORMANCE BY JAIME BUSTO AND JORGE CASALES AT TRIALGP BELGIUM

Just a week after round 3 of the TrialGP World Championship, the series celebrated their 5th points-paying round of the season (Japan held two days of competition) in Belgium. The venue also hosted the official launch of the brand new Vertigo Dougie Lampkin Replica, with Lampkin himself attending an event that went live worldwide thanks to the Jitsie crew.

Competition started as usual on Saturday with the Qualification Sessions. Vertigo’s Jaime Busto and Jorge Casales proved yet again to be in great shape with strong 3rd and 6th place finishes. The two were coming from a great weekend in the Netherlands, so they were looking forward to replicating that impressive performance in Belgium.

When on Sunday, race went slightly different for the Vertigo talented pairing. It was Casales who got a better opening lap, as 33 marks led him sit in 3rd place in the provisional race standings. Busto struggled a bit more, but with a punctuation of 47 still had options to reach podium positions heading into lap 2. In this second run Busto felt more comfortable, he was able to improve his riding and that meant a punctuation drop to only 27 after an incredible straight of cleans in the second half of the lap. He ended up with 74, which turned 78 after he penalized 4 extra points due to time. That would put him in 5th place, only 5 points behind the third place. Casales couldn’t replicate his excellent first lap. On the second one 45 marks took away his podium chances and with a total of 82, had to settle for 6th.

In the Trial2 class Lorenzo Gandola didn’t make himself any favour on Saturday by finishing in 27th place the Qualification Session. On Sunday he struggled in both laps and finished 14th. David Avendaño neither enjoyed an easy trial, was the first Trial2 rider to go through the Belgian sections and finished 28th. Pau Martínez had to content with a 6th place in Trial125.

Next race of the TrialGP World Championship will take place the 13-14 of July in Portugal.