VERTIGO AND JAIME BUSTO SIGN CONTRACT EXTENSION THROUGH TO 2023

Vertigo is pleased to announce a two-year contract extension with its lead rider Jaime Busto, who will continue to ride for the brand in the TrialGP, X-Trial and Spanish Championships through to 2023.

The deal clearly reflects Vertigo’s confidence on the Spanish ace, who is considered the centre of the brand’s racing project and the rider to lead the new generation of title contenders that will fight for the World Championship in the upcoming seasons. Proof of that potential are the 5 consecutive podiums Busto recorded throughout the second half of the 2021 TrialGP season and his 3rd position in the Championship.

Since he joined the team in the middle of the 2019 campaign, Busto has consolidated the brand within the elite of the international competition by clinching Vertigo’s outdoors historic best results, including 10 podiums and always finishing the Championship within the Top 4. In the National Series, Busto has 4 victories to his name and managed to get 2nd in the 2019 season despite swinging his leg over the Vertigo right in the middle of the year. With two rounds remaining he now leads the Championship, and switching from the R3 to the 2022 Nitro, Vertigo expects he can add more success to the list before the year ends and beyond by setting even higher goals for 2022.

Jaime Busto, Vertigo Factory rider: “I’m really happy to have signed with Vertigo for another two years. Since I arrived to the team in 2019 the evolution has been great, we have a really competitive bike and my relationship with all the team members is simply fantastic. I hope to return all the trust they place on me with the results we are all looking for.”

Manel Jané, CEO Vertigo Motors: “We are really proud to announce the agreement with Jaime Busto to continue working together through to 2023. Busto is undoubtably one of the world’s best, and with him, we ensure our racing project continues to grow while having a rider capable of fighting for more and greater achievements”. 

JAIME BUSTO ENDS THE 2021 TRIALGP CAMPAIGN ON THE PODIUM IN PORTUGAL

The 2021 TrialGP World Championship came to an end this weekend in Gouveia, Portugal, with the last scoring day of the Championship taking place on Saturday while Sunday would be the turn for the Trial des Nations. However, the activity for Vertigo began on Friday with the long-awaited presentation of the 2022 Nitro model, which was revealed in the paddock surrounded by great expectation with brand’s Factory riders Jaime Busto, Berta Abellán, Pau Martínez, Yohito Takeda and Team Manager Dougie Lampkin joining the event.

Once it was time to hit the last sections of the year, Jaime Busto became again the crowd pleaser by earning his 5th consecutive podium in spectacular fashion. He finished 3rd after holding another exciting battle with Raga and Bou for the top positions, ending-up 2 shy from second place and 6 from victory. Thanks to this result, and the important distance he was already defending coming into Portugal, Busto certified third place in the Championship after what has been an impressive second half of the calendar, with great consistency and outstanding performances that led him to lead several races and be very close to grabbing some victories. A victory that he did take on Sunday teaming up with Toni Bou and Adam Raga at the TdN, where they proved to be on a league of their own.

If Busto closed the 2021 outdoor season in style, Berta Abellán was no less. Magnificent second position in Portugal getting back into the fight for victory, with an impressive opening lap scoring only 4 marks that left her tying with Sanz at the head of the race. On lap 2, Abellán would add 7 for a total of 11, enough to lead defending champion Emma Bristow by 3 and receive his trophy on the second step of the podium. In the Championship standings, Abellán finishes third after an impressive run of results in the last events, in which her progression has been nothing but impressive while entering into the mix with Sanz and Bristow for victories. Success wouldn’t end here for Abellán, as she add another TdN to her record book by winning the event together with Laia Sanz and Sandra Gómez.

In the Trial2 class, Pau Martínez closed his rookie year with a 17th place and a 15th overall in the Championship. It’s been a learning season for 2020 Trial125 World Champion, who has even managed to score points in 4 occasions and get 2 Top10 results. Yohito Takeda was 22nd in Portugal and successfuly completed his debut season in the World Championship.

Good news also coming from the Trial2 Women class, as Sara Trentini wrapped-up her 4th podium of the year to finish in a great second place in the Championship.

Vertigo thus closes its most successful season in the TrialGP World Championship, having achieved a total of 15 podiums spread over all categories. Numbers that consolidate the brand’s project amongst the most competitive ones in the elite of the sport, certifying the great work the whole team does in the continuous evolution and development of the bikes. Now, trial lovers from all over the world will benefit from all these evolutions on the Nitro 2022 model, which is indeed, the result of all this analysis and development process that takes place in racing.

UNVEILED: VERTIGO NITRO 2022

Vertigo is proud to present the Nitro, it’s new and evolved trials bike for the 2022 season. The Nitro, as the successor to the acclaimed Combat, brings together all the experience accumulated by the brand in World Championship races and with it, Vertigo continues to lead the techno- logical evolution in trials with the most complete motorcycle that the brand has manufactured to date.

The Nitro will be available from the usual Vertigo dealer network in 125cc, 250cc and 300cc Euro5 homologated and competition ver- sions, as well as 200cc and 280cc competition only versions.

NEW CHASSIS

The Nitro’s new multi tubular chassis, is the result of hours of racing development, giving the new Vertigo superior agility and handling capabilities. Other advancements include a new micro-fusion shock mount, optimally positioning this essential component in the Nitro. The new and now unrestricted rear wheel travel, coupled with the new shock mount provide a greatly improved functionality and suspension feel over previous models.

  • SUPERIOR AGILITY
  • IMPROVED FUNCTIONALITY
  • NEW SHOCK MOUNTING POINT

REDISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

The Nitro places each of its electrical components in an optimal location, with two clear objecti- ves; achieve the necessary cooling and improved accessibility. All electrical components are now protected but also highly accessible, making maintenance tasks a simple and efficient process.

  • ACCESSIBILITY
  • LOWER OPERATING TEMPERATURE
  • PLUG & PLAY COMPONENTS

NEW SILENCER

Another important advancement of the Nitro, is the all new silencer. The distinctive new silencer improves the thermodynamic performance, reduces engine braking, whilst also allowing an additional 5cm of suspension travel, over previous models. Another major advantage is the removable end-cap, which allows for easy repac- king of the silencer.

  • IMPROVED SUSPENSION TRAVEL
  • REDUCED HEAT TRANSFER TO ALL COMPONENTS
  • INTERCHANGEABLE FIBERS
  • REDUCED ENGINE BRAKING

NEW FUEL TANK

The new fuel tank allows you to take advantage of 100% of its capacity. Filling will be safer with the Nitro, thanks to the design of a new tank which prevents the spillage of fuel towards the electrical components of the engine. The tank has also been repositioned slightly forward compared to previous models, helping to improve weight distribution and thus stability. Ver- tigo’s innovative and unique positioning of the fuel tank keeps weight low and centrally located, therefore providing superior stability and traction over any other trials motorcycle available.

  • GREATER USEFUL CAPACITY
  • ALLOWS FOR FITMENT OF LARGER DIAMETER SHOCKS
  • IMPROVED WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION AND STABILITY

NEW WATER PUMP

The Nitro has a completely new water pump, more compact yet with a higher flow efficiency. This new pump is now also repositioned at the lowest point in the coolant circuit, meaning the system is now self bleeding, resulting in a more efficient cooling system.

  • SELF-BLEEDING
  • GREATER EFFICIENCY
  • MORE COMPACT (IMPROVED PROTECTION)
  • IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY

NEW ENGINE SKID PLATE

The Nitro has a new high-strength 7075 Aluminium skid plate. It is designed to offer maximum protection, to the engine and the new location of components.

  • GREATER PROTECTION
  • EASILY REMOVED AND REPLACED
  • GREATER DURABILITY

NEW REAR BRAKE SYSTEM

The Nitro incorporates a new rear brake hose, which is more efficient and the positioning of which facilitates quick exchange of the comple- te brake system, as well as improved access to the clutch of the Nitro

  • IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY TO THE CLUTCH
  • BETTER BRAKING PERFORMANCE
  • QUICK EXCHANGE OF SYSTEM

NEW PLASTICS

The all new rear mudguard, seat base and air box cover have been developed to give a more aggressive, racing appearance to the bike whilst also im- proving the riders mobility. They are also no longer affected by heat transfer from other components of the bike, and therefore always keep their original form.

  • NEW LOWER HEIGHT
  • INCREASED RIDER MOBILITY
  • NEW RACING APPEARANCE

The new Nitro has undergone a rigorous development programme, our team of engineers working closely with Jamie Busto, have been developing the bike during the past 12 months whilst competing in the FIM Trial GP, and other prestigious events and championships. The already revolutionary and technologically advanced two-stroke fuel injection Vertigo has progressed to a whole new level, and is now even further ahead of the opposition than ever before! If you demand the ultimate in technology, performance and quality this is the bike for you.

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR JAIME BUSTO AT THE SPANISH TRIALGP

Pobladura de las Regueras in Spain held the penultimate round of the 2021 TrialGP World Championship. The event, scheduled on a two-day format, was crucial in Jaime Busto’s aspirations to get closer to third place in the Championship standings and the Spanish ace didn’t disappoint on home soil, providing yet another spectacular weekend of riding with two new podiums. On Saturday he finished 3rd, 1 point behind Raga, but things would be even better on day 2, as he held an intense battle with Bou for the victory until the final stages of the trial. In the end, it was only 2 points that separated Busto from taking the victory. These spectacular results allowed the Spaniard to accomplish the main goal heading to the Spanish GP, which was to take third place in the general standings with only one point-paying day remaining.

The TrialGP Women, who were neither in Andorra nor in Cahors, returned to action with an extremely inspired Berta Abellán. The 2020 World Runner-up delivered an outstanding performance, finishing day 1 with the best score of the second lap, only 6 marks, to finish 2nd just one point shy from Laia Sanz. On the second day, an exciting battle saw the Top 3 fight for the glory until the last section of the day. Abellán made an almost perfect second lap, cleaning all sections until a fiasco in section 12 left her in 3rd.

Another Vertigo rider who knew how to adapt especially well to Pobladura de las Regueras’ sections was Pau Martínez. The Trial2 rookie recorded his season-best results, with an impressive 6th place on the opening day and a 10th on day 2.

The 2021 TrialGP World Championship season finale will take place next Saturday in Portugal, leaving Sunday for a new edition of the Trial des Nations.