Vertigo is pleased to officially announce the agreement with GRO (Global Racing Oil), new lubricants supplier for the Factory Team in the TrialGP World Championship, Vertigo’s National teams and the production models. The CEOs from both brands, Manel Jané and Xavier Brugarolas, confirmed the deal at Vertigo’s Factory with the signing of the new contract. GRO produces some of the finest lubricants and maintenance products for bikes and cars available today worldwide, while carrying extensive experience in the competition scene with great achievements throughout its successful history.
Vertigo Factory riders will now benefit from some of the world’s leading lubricants which will allow them to get the best performance from the Verticals, specially with the power delivery of the exclusive Vertigo injection 2 stroke engine, ensure a better maintenance and reliability of the components, and very important on a trials bike, a precise and gentle touch of the clutch to transfer with even more precision the orders of the riders to their bikes.
GRO also becomes the official Vertigo lubricant supplier for the production models available worldwide through its extensive dealers network. This means that not only the Factory riders will have at their disposal these amazing products, but also anyone reaching his closest dealer to buy a new bike or do the maintenance of their current one.
Manel Jané, CEO Vertigo: “From Vertigo we would like to express our great satisfaction for having reached this great deal. To have GRO as our new lubricants supplier allows us to make a new step forward in the competition segment, while providing our customers improved production models thanks to a reliable and technologically advanced products like the ones GRO will supply”.
Xavier Brugarolas, CEO GRO: “For GRO is a success to develop together with Vertigo, our competition lubricants that will complete and improve our range of products. In addition, to do that in a prestigious series like the TrialGP World Championship and with one of the best teams of the paddock is with no doubt, a great opportunity for us”.
With an already exciting 2020 season ahead for Vertigo after securing a strong line-up keeping Jaime Busto, Berta Abellán, Lorenzo Gandola, Pau Martínez and signing the Gelabert brothers, Miquel and Aniol, Vertigo Factory and Vertigo France are pleased to announce the arrival of yet, another exciting rider to the team. This is young prospect Hugo Dufrese.
The Frenchman, 7 times National Champion, European Champion in 2017 and 5th in the Trial125 World Championship in 2018 with an outstanding 2nd place at TrialGP Japan day 1, is considered one of the biggest international talents in the trial scene. In 2019, an injury to his ACL meant he hasn’t been able to compete through the year neither in the World Championship or the French Series, but in September he was cleared to ride again and since day 1 he has been putting in the work to come back even stronger than he was in February prior to the injury.
Hugo Dufrese’s determination to reach the peak of the sport is clear, and at the tender age of 16 years old, shows incredible commitment and professionalism on and off the bike. Next year he will move up to the Trial2 class and will compete full time in the premier class of the French Championship, a part from several iconic events. Dufrese will be part of the Factory squad, and will be receiving support from Vertigo France as well.
Hugo Dufrese: “After a tough year for me I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to join Vertigo. I want to thank Manel Jané, Dani del Valle and Julien Panabiere for placing their trust on me, I’m gonna give my everything to match their expectations”.
After an exciting start of the X-Trial 2020 World Championship for Vertigo last week, the indoor world series landed again in the European Continent this weekend to celebrate the second event of the calendar in Rennes, France. Jaime Busto and Miquel Gelabert arrived plenty of confidence after demonstrating a great level in the Reunion Island with their 3rd and 4th places, which put the two Vertical 2020 in competition within the Top 4.
In Rennes, the new Vertigo Factory signing for the next two seasons, Miquel Gelabert, confirmed his excellent start to the season with another sensational performance. He went through the opening heat with only 8 marks, this being the third best score in this first attempt through the French sections. In round 2 he would go up to 17, but he could qualify for the runner’s up final after placing second of his group. Gelabert performed really well yet again in this final round, it took two sections to decide who was taking the coveted third step of the podium with Gelabert finally having to settle with a 4th place finish, same result he got in the opening event.
Jaime Busto lived a night of contrasts in Rennes. He got his pass to the semifinals after scoring the second best punctuation of the initial round, but later, a fiasco in the last section of the semifinals ended up denying him the possibility of entering the fight for third and fourth place. He finished in 5th.
After the first two races of the Championship now Gelabert ties with Busto in the provisional standings, with Busto still holding third place thanks to his podium in the Reunion Island.
Now the X-Trial World Championship enters a small break until January 19, when Budapest will host the third round of the Championship.
Vertigo Motors is delighted to present the 2020 Mini Vandal range of Trials bikes. These children’s trials bikes have been developed by the Vertigo engineers so as, to offer maximum fun and most importantly maximum safety to the smallest members of the family.
The Vertigo Mini Vandal is unique in being the only 2 stroke, petrol engine, kids bike of it’s size on the market. Thus giving the smallest champions of the future, a chance to experience their very first ride on an authentic Mini Trials bike. A bike which offers all the sounds, vibrations & sensations of a real full size trials bike.
The Mini Vandals have been developed with safety as our number one priority. Each bike has a exhaust guard, side frame guards, guards which fully enclose the disk brakes both front and rear. And finally a magnetic lanyard kill switch. Thus ensuring that your child’s very first experience of two wheel motorbike fun can be done in complete safety.
Our engineers have also worked hard to keep weight to an absolute minimum. These Mini Vandals therefore weigh in at only 21kgs. This results in these little bikes being both extremely agile & easy to manage, even for the smallest of children. The bikes also benefit from a new and improved air filter system so as to keep dust, dirt and water out of the airbox. Also new for 2020 is a larger capacity plastic fuel tank thus extending the range and fun of these little bikes. The Vertigo Mini Vandals, unlike most other kids bikes on the market are not fitted with bicycle tyres, they are equipped with authentic trials tyres developed exclusively for Vertigo.
These Mini Vandals are available in three stunning new versions for 2020.
A Mini Dougie Lampkin Replica, a Mini Jaime Busto Replica and finally a Mini 2020 Vertical Replica. Our designers have paid attention to the smallest of details, so as to ensure these little bikes are in almost every sense a true replica of their big brothers. All three models are powered by the same 50cc 2T engine and equipped with 16” wheels.
If you want to introduce your child to the exciting & fun world of motorbikes, in maximum safely and with all the sensations of a real full size bike, then these exciting Mini Vandals are the bike of choice.
The Reunion Island hosted the opening round of the 2020 X-Trial World Championship, this being the first time in the history of the series that the season opener was held outside the European Continent. More than 3,500 spectators filled the Stade Jean Ivoula de Sant-Denis to vibrate with the X-Trial show, a show in which Jaime Busto (3rd) and Miquel Gelabert (4th) played a very important role with both debuting in indoor competition with Vertigo.
The first to hit the sections from the newly created Vertigo duo was Miquel Gelabert, who did it as the third rider of the first group achieving a solid round of 16 marks, which allowed him to pass the cut in 6th place. Jaime Busto entered the competition with the second group and secured his pass to round 2 in 4th place after leaving only 9 marks. In the second round Gelabert would compete again in the first of the groups, finishing with 17 marks to get his pass to the runners-up final. Jaime Busto joined Gelabert right after as the rider from Górliz ended up his round with 12 marks.
Both riders, debuting in an X-Trial event with Vertigo, delivered an exciting final to decide who climbed to third step of the box. At the helm of the Vertical 2020, it was finally Busto who picked-up the prize scoring only 2 marks against 5 from his new team-mate Miquel Gelabert. Gelabert demonstrated a very effective adaptation to his new Vertical 2020 closing his debut with an exceptional 4th place.
Second round of the X-Trial World Championship will be held in Rennes, France, this coming Saturday, November 23rd.
It is a huge honour for Vertigo to confirm that Dougie Lampkin, brand ambassador and Team Manager of the Factory Team, will continue to play his key roles in Vertigo’s project for the next two years. Since the Factory started its activity back in 2014, the 12 Times World Champion and 12 Times SSDT winner, last four with Vertigo, has channelled all his unmatched experience and expertise to put Vertigo’s models amongst today’s most competitive and reliable bikes of the industry. With Lampkin sticking at the head of the whole group Vertigo reinforces its bet on the sport while setting a solid base to extend their lead as the technologically most advanced trials brand.
A part from spending many hours working closely with Vertigo’s engineers, Lampkin also leads Vertigo’s Factory Team as the Team Manager. Next year looks even more exciting after we proudly announced the signings of Miquel and Aniol Gelabert apart from keeping Jaime Busto, Berta Abellán and Pau Martínez onboard. There is simply no better Team Manager to guide this young prospects to the top of the standings, with Lampkin himself knowing what it takes to reach the glory and become a true legend of the sport. With two years ahead to guide them, future couldn’t look brighter for the team.
Looking to extend his already gold numbers as well, Lampkin has remained active in the competition scene the last few years, with Vertigo successfully helping the forty-three years old Red Bull athlete to increase his SSDT registers up to 12 victories while winning the Scott Trial in 2017 and 2018. Now, Lampkin will be looking forward to continuing this successful partnership through 2020 and 2021.
Dougie Lampkin: “I’m delighted to announce that I have signed again with Vertigo for another two years. I will continue to ride the classic events as usual and also continue as brand ambassador and team manager. We are looking forward to the season ahead, we are going to continue with the existing riders of Busto, Abellán and Martínez and we have got two exciting new signings with Miquel and Aniol Gelabert. We really expect well across the World Championship as well as all the great riders in the National teams coming to ride in the races. We are looking forward to it.”
Vertigo is delighted to announce the piece that completes its puzzle for the upcoming season. Miquel Gelabert joins the Factory Team to contest the TrialGP World Championship and the Spanish Championship in the premier class. Brand and rider have reached an agreement for the next two seasons.
Miquel Gelabert is amongst the selected group of young prospects that have been capable to shine in the premier class of the TrialGP World Championship and the Spanish Championship, a list where we can also find his new team-mate Jaime Busto. Both riders will make for the youngest and talented team of the world paddock. Miquel has several national and international titles under his belt, like the 2016 European Championship or the TR2 Spanish Championship in 2014.
With three seasons of experience in the TrialGP class, Vertigo has full confidence on Miquel’s capabilities to fight regularly for the top spots in every single race of the calendar, giving him the right tools and support to help him deliver his best at the helm of the Vertical 2020. Together with Jaime Busto, Berta Abellán, his brother Aniol Gelabert and Pau Martínez, the signing of Miquel closes an exciting line-up of Factory riders that puts Vertigo right at the top of the elite trials competition.
Miquel Gelabert: “I’m really happy to have signed for Vertigo. I join this project super motivated to give Vertigo and myself the results we expect. I would like to thank Vertigo for betting on me, now it is time to work hard and try to adapt to the new bike as soon as possible.”
Following the announcements of Jaime Busto, Berta Abellán and Pau Martínez, it is with great pleasure that Vertigo can make public the signing of young prospect Aniol Gelabert, one of the riders experiencing a better progression through the ranks to compete with the Factory Team in the Trial2 World Championship and the Spanish Series in the premier class.
At the tender age of 19 years old, the Catalan youngster has built himself a name inside the industry thanks to his spectacular and effective riding style. Aniol finished 6th the Trial2 World Championship this season, with a 3rd as a season-best at the last showdown held in La Nucia. In 2018, he already had shown some signs of his potential by jumping onto the 2nd step of the box in Gouveia, Portugal. Next season will be his 4th run in the Trial2 class, which puts him within the list of potential podium contenders. Aniol has enjoyed a productive season in the World Series but also in the European Championship, he rounded out the Top 3 in the general standings after a solid season in which he recorded two podium appearances.
With his signing it is another young, ambitious and promising rider who joins the team to reinforce Vertigo’s bet on trials’ hottest international talents. The Vertical has proven to be the perfect machine for them to develop all their potential, a fact proven by all their great results, and with Aniol Vertigo expects to help him make a new step forward in his speedy approach to the top of the sport.
Aniol Gelabert: “I’m really pleased with my Vertigo signing. It is a project that motivates me, and I’m super grateful to the brand for how they have treated me from the very beginning. I hope to match their expectations as well as mines, demonstrate this is a great squad, a great bike and prove we can do big things together.”‘
Vertigo is proud to confirm its third Factory rider for 2020. Pau Martínez will stay with the brand in the International and National scenes after the great success achieved by the young prospect in his first campaign at the helm of the Vertical. In 2020 Martínez is expected to remain in the Trial125 class of the TrialGP World Championship and jump from the Youth class to TR2 in the National series.
In his maiden season with Vertigo, Martínez has clinched the Youth European Championship in style by winning three out of the four races of the calendar, securing the title with a second place in the last round held in Brezova, Czech Republic. His second title in 2019, the Junior Spanish Championship, almost followed the same pattern as the first one with Martínez delivering an outstanding winning streak in the first six rounds to wrap up the title in Sigüenza despite there is still one round remaining.
With Pau Martínez staying green for 2020, Vertigo keeps within its Factory team three key riders in its project, being Busto, Abellán and Martínez riders not only with a bright future ahead but also a great present that guarantee Vertigo good results and an important brand exposure.
Pau Martínez: “I’m super happy to stay with Vertigo one more season. It is a great team and together with them and my personal sponsors MRW and Jitsie, we have accomplished great results in my first season riding the Vertical by winning the Youth European Championship and the Junior Spanish title. I’m really looking forward continue like this in 2020!.
Vertigo is delighted to announce that Berta Abellán will remain with the team in 2020. Keeping her in the Factory Team was a priority towards the next season, so now that the agreement has ben reached it means another exciting new for Vertigo just a week after the team also confirmed Jaime Busto’s contract extension.
Since she joined the green family in 2018, it has been a successful journey for Abellán and Vertigo. In her first campaign she clinched the European Championship in the premier class, finished runner-up in the TrialGP Women World Championship and was crowned Spanish Champion. A list of achievements she has extended throughout 2019 by finishing the TrialGP campaign replicating her runner-up result from 2018 and taking a brilliant victory at the Trial des Nations in Ibiza together with Team Spain.
Abellán has experienced an impressive progression during the last two seasons, becoming one of the best female riders in the international trials scene. The Vertical has proved to be the perfect bike for Abellán to keep developing all her skills and great potential, and with 2020 being the third season the duo will enter together, perspectives couldn’t look better for both parties.
Berta Abellán: “I’m stoked to continue with Vertigo for a third consecutive season. I’m super happy with the bike and the team, and next year I hope to make a new step forward and get closer to Emma in the TrialGP World Championship. I’m really looking forward to beginning the tests with the 2020 bike and to give my best, I’m training really hard and I hope everything goes as planned. I’m really grateful to Vertigo and excited for what is to come.”
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