JORGE CASALES ENDS WITH A 9TH PLACE THE 2018 TRIALGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Italy hosted the 8th and last round of the 2018 TrialGP World Championship this past weekend at Pietramurata Di Dro, where the Metzeler Off Road Park was set to celebrate the first ever night qualification, which increased to great levels the already high expectations towards the ultimate race of the year.

Jorge Casales was one of the riders that adapted better to this new and unprecedented race conditions, being able to get a positive 6th position. On Sunday the opening lap wasn’t what Casales was looking for, as the young and talented Spaniard filled his target with 47 marks after the first 15 sections. On lap 2 he was able to bounce back and recover some of the lost ground, by picking up only 26 marks to cross the finish line with a total of 73, but turned to be 83 after adding 10 points due to a time penalization, so he finally dropped back to 9th place.

With this result, Casales ends in 8th place the TrialGP World Championship, which has been his first season on the Combat Vertical. He has left clear and evident signs of his great talent, so with this year of experience over his shoulders 2019 should be even a better campaign for the 23-year-old Spaniard.

In the Trial2 Class Matteo Poli made his comeback to the races in front of his home crowd, snatching a great 7th place on Saturday’s qualification. The Italian was fighting for the top spots on both sessions, as in Q1 he also got a great result by finishing 5th. Poli wasn’t able to carry that performance onto Sunday though, as the Italian struggled to find a good pace and picked up too many points to be in contention for the top spots. He finished with 83 marks, which gave him the 16th place.

Although the result wasn’t the expected for this last race, Poli passes with a good mark this season as it was just the first one after spending some time away from professional racing. The Trial2 class isn’t an easy one, but the Italian has managed to get good results like the 6th place he got in Andorra.

Vertigo ends this way the 2018 outdoor season in the TrialGP World Championship, with the Vice World Championship clinched by Berta Abellán as the highlight of the year. Next season the brand hopes to keep that good line of results and consolidate itself even more within the elite of the World Championship.

BERTA ABELLÁN FINISHES RUNNER-UP IN THE 2018 TRIALGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo credit: TrialGP/@Pep Segalés

The 2018 TrialGP World Championship is quickly reaching its last stages. This last weekend took place the penultimate round of the year for the TrialGP and Trial2 classes at the iconic venue of Silsden, Great Britain, while for the TrialGP Women and Trial 2 Women classes this was set to be the last race of the calendar.

In the premier class Jorge Casales had to settle with a 14th place on Saturday’s Q2. A small mistake near the end of the section costed him 1 mark, which didn’t help to get a good starting position towards race day. On Sunday the gaps between the riders were pretty tight, so a single mistake could bring the lost of several positions in the group. Casales finished the opening lap with 19 marks, while on lap 2 he would deliver 23. These punctuations dropped him back to 10th place, and with only one round left he sits in 8th place in the general standings.

Who keeps delivering outstanding performances is Berta Abellán. Earlier this summer she clinched theEuropean Championship and after that her eyes were set on finishing runner-up in the World Championsip. Abellán was able to perform a very solid race on British soil, in which she stayed in the podium fight from the very beginning. Despite having several riders coming strong behind her, she didn’t lose her cool  and wrapped up a new podium, this time in 3rd place. Another successful weekend for her to finish the international season with yet another great achievement by becoming the 2018 TrialGP Women runner-up. This season has been an amazing one for Abellán as she has been crownedSpanish Champion, European Champion and now runner-up in the World Championship.

In Great Britain Vertigo had a third rider competing. It was Vertigo Motor UK’s Hannah Styles, who was making her comeback to a World Championship event after 7 years. She showed what she was capable of from the first moment, as Styles got the best time in the Q2 and on Sunday she finished 5th in the Trial 2 Women class.

There’s only one race left in the TrialGP calendar. It will take place in Italy on 15/16 September.

VERTIGO AND BERTA ABELLÁN NEW 2018 TRIAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS

Bilstain, Belgium, held the 5th and last round of the 2018 Trial European Championship. A Championship that has been dominated by Berta Abellán since the opening round, as she had only been defeated in one round previously to Belgium. All the other rounds had to be counted as victories for Abellán, which gave her a 45 points lead coming to the last showdown. A third place was enough in Bilstain to grab the title.

It wasn’t an easy race for Abellán on Belgian soil indeed. On lap 1, a silly maximum added 5 extra marks to her target, so instead of 3, which would have been the punctuation, she finished with 8 dropping back to 3rd spot. Hakonsen (TRS) with 4 and her main rival for the Championship, Bauml (Montesa), with 7 marks, had better performances in these early stages of the trial. On lap 2 Abellán would display all her talent to prove once again why she has been so dominant in this year’s European series. She was able to leave 4 marks less than in the previous lap, while her rivals couldn’t hold the pace and had to surrender against the new Queens of Europe, Berta Abellán and her Combat Vertical 2019.

Vertigo wants to extend its sincere congratulations to Berta Abellán for the great season she is performing. This title means the second European Championship for the brand, the first one in a premier class, after the one clinched by Manuel Copetti in the Junior class last season. Abellán owns now the European and the Spanish crowns, while in the TrialGP Women series is sitting in 2nd position. The 2018 season is being an incredible one for Abellán. Congratulations Berta!

STATEMENTS:

Berta Abellán: “In Italy the race was beautiful, and I was able to get a big win. When in Belgium, things didn’t begin quite well after dropping a silly maximum on the opening lap, which costed me to finish in 3rd place with 8 marks, not with 3, which would have been a good punctuation. However, on lap 2 I was able to correct that mistake and finish with 4, enough to take a new victory and the Championship. Super pumped to add another title to my career, very satisfied also with how the bike has been working over the last two races. I also want to thank Carles, my minder, for his efforts and great work and to all the people that helped me, both the sponsors and the ones from the crowdfunding”.

BERTA ABELLÁN CONFIRMS HER SUPREMACY IN EUROPE, VICTORY IN ITALY

Italy was the venue to host the 3rd round of the Trial European Championship. Berta Abellán was arriving with the Championship lead under her owning after her great performances in Castellolí and Poland, where she got the win in 2 out of the 3 days of competition. Being this one the penultimate round of the 2018 series, it was crucial to have a solid weekend in order to arrive in advantageous conditions to the last showdown in Bilstain, Belgium, just this next weekend.

From the beginning Abellán demonstrated why she has been so dominant in this year’s European Championship. The opening lap was nearly perfect, as she only left a maximum in section 10, which allowed to put some ground between her and the other riders. Only Hakonsen (TRRS), with 6 marks, stayed close to Abellán’s performance.

The extremely hot weather added extra difficulty to the trial, as it became tougher for all the riders to keep up with a good pace. Berta Abellán, wise as always, dealt with that handicap perfectly and managed the second half of the race to secure a solid victory, maybe the most valuable one so far, as it gives her a 45 points lead over Theresa Bauml, who is second in the standings. Abellán ended the race with 11 marks less than her German rival, and 14 less than Hakonsen, who was third.

The last round of the European Championship is going to take place this next weekend in Bilstain, Belgium, where we hope to see Abellán confirming her supremacy and clinching the title to put great end to the European series.

VERTIGO MINI VANDAL 2019

With the main goal to keep on bringing novelties to the trial industry Vertigo launches its new Vertigo Mini Vandal 2019. This new model means a great step forward for the brand, as it adds a new line of motorbikes to the already established Combat range. With the Mini Vandal, Vertigo wants to reach the youngest riders with a small motorbike powered by a two-stroke engine, currently the unique bike of these characteristics in the market. Ideal for the youngest members of the family, the Mini Vandal constitutes the perfect motorbike for the future champions to make their first rides on a trials bike. This model will be available from now on through Vertigo’s international dealers network in 50c.c. and 65c.c.

The Mini Vandal has been built taking into account this public characteristics. The weight system has gone through a methodic process, bringing a motorbike of only 24kg, reducing nearly by half the weight coming from motorbikes of similar characteristics.

Security is also something the Mini Vandal 2019 cares about, minimizing to a great extent the risks and aspects that might cause problems. For that reason this kids model features many efficient security systems like the ones applied to the disc brakes, the crown or the automatic stop system through magnet.

Another added value are the special trial tyres exclusively designed for the Vertigo Mini Vandal. They will offer a better feeling to the young riders, as well as a great performance without regard to the ground they are riding.

TOP1O FOR JORGE CASALES AT TRIALGP BELGIUM

The TrialGP World Championship put an end to two months of intensive racing by celebrating the last GP before the summer break. Belgium was the country to host this 6th round of the season, with Comblain au Pont being the centre of the race.

Saturday began quite well for Jorge Casales, who was able to set an impressive time in Qualifying 1 that allowed him to stay in 1st place almost all the session. Only Toni Bou (Montesa) was fastest, soCasales would end 2nd this first qualification. Being amongst the riders who chose a fastest line just after the start, Casales was in the mood to establish himself in the top spots again, but then he lost his front wheel at one of the dusty and slippery rocks of the section. This maximum would eventually drop him to 11th.

On Sunday Casales struggled to find the pace he had at the beginning of the season, and as the race was going on the differences between him and the top spots was also getting bigger. He ended lap 1 with a total of 48 marks, and despite his efforts and improvements during lap 2, he was only capable to low his punctuation to 40 marks and so, having little chances to catch the riders he had just ahead of him. Casales finished in 10th place.

The World Championship takes now a small breath to resume the 2018 season in September with the last two rounds of the calendar.

VERTIGO COMBAT VERTICAL 2019

Vertigo proudly announces its new Combat Vertical 2019, a bike that features many and interesting innovations from former models. From the more visual an aesthetic parts, with the addition of new colours, to the technical and mechanic specifications, the Vertical 2019 has been completely redesigned. All that is applied with the eyes set on keep producing a motorbike with an elevated differential factor, and at the same time, deliver a standard model capable of increasing the value and the experiential quality of our customers experiences. The 4 SSDT victories in a row clinched by Dougie Lampkin, or the several podiums and victories taken in the World and European Championships, constitute the basis of the development process for brand’s production models, a fact that brings an extra component of quality and reliability. The new Vertical won’t be available until July, the moment when its distribution will start.

VERTIGO COMBAT VERTICAL 125c.c.

Vertigo’s commitment with young riders is a fact. What is more, this season the brand kick-started the Vertigo Junior Factory Team programme, which is currently helping several international riders to go on with their riding in their respective National Championships. Following this line of promoting and enhancing trials young prospects, Vertigo is really pleased to unveil its first 125c.c. model.

Thanks to its exclusive tubular frame, the Vertical model has become one of the most light and easy-handling bike out on the market. This aspect is even more important in a 125c.c., specially for those riders who are just about to make the switch from smaller bikes. In that sense, the Vertical 125c.c. has been conceived with the same image of the current models, featuring identical design and composition from her older sisters, the 250c.c. and the 300c.c., including the injection system. With a powerful but at the same time docile engine, this model represents the perfect starting point for the young riders to begin their way to the elite of trials.

TRICKY TRIALGP FRANCE FOR VERTIGO’S FACTORY RIDERS

This weekend the TrialGP World Championship celebrated its 5th round of the 2018 series. The venue to host the event was the Alpine ski resort of Auron, in France. Jorge Casales and Matteo Poli were joint this time by the newly-crowned Spanish Champion Berta Abellán, as TrialGP Women class was coming back to action for round 2 of the season after the opening round that was held in Japan a month ago.

In the premier class Jorge Casales wasn’t able to find his usual pace. In France, he was already struggling in the Qualifying section, where he could only finish 11th, which was in fact, an important handicap towards Sunday’s race, as he would be the 4th rider to enter the sections. On lap 1 things wentpretty complicated, ending it with 45 marks, too much to be in contention for the positions he usually fights for. On lap 2 he could recover some of the lost ground by delivering a target of 28 marks, 17 lessthan in the opening lap. That allowed him to move up some positions in the standings to finally leave France in 11th place.

In the Trial2 class, Matteo Poli put himself as one of the fastest riders on Saturday. He was 4th in the Q1, then finished 8th in which was a pretty tight Q2. Contrary to what happened in TrialGP, the differences between the top riders were closer in the Trial2 class. Poli started off well with an impressive first part of the trial, but two maximums within the last 6 sections dropped him in the standings. On lap 2 he was quite irregular, so he wasn’t able to bounce back having to settle for 10th. Poli ended the race with 31 marks, 12 on the opening lap and 19 on the second one.

After her double podium at TrialGP Japan, with 3rd place on both days of competition, Vertigo’s Factory Rider Berta Abellán landed on French soil as the runner-up in the provisional standings. A bit unlucky on Saturday’s Qualification, where she left a maximum, Abellán had to fight against an early starting position. Despite that fact, the Spaniard had a solid race, ending the opening lap with 22 marks and leaving only 20 on lap 2. This performance wasn’t enough to make it to the podium, she was 4th, but it allowed her to remain in 2nd place of the Championship Standings.

The TrialGP World Championship moves now to Belgium for round 6 of the calendar, which is gonna take place next weekend in Comblain-au-Pont.

VERTIGO Y BERTA ABELLÁN CONSIGUEN EL TÍTULO NACIONAL DE TRIAL 2018

La localidad leonesa de Pobladura de las Regueras fue la sede de la 4ª prueba del Campeonato de España de Trial 2018. Por un lado, esta suponía la 3ª cita para los pilotos TR1, que no habían estado presentes en Sarrià de Ter (Girona), mientras que para la categoría Femenino A, suponía la última y definitiva batalla por el título Nacional 2018. Vertigo volvía a tener presentes a sus dos pilotos oficiales en competición, con Jorge Casales encuadrado en la categoría reina, TR1, y Berta Abellán en Femenino A,dónde mandaba en la clasificación general.

Empezando por TR1, el fin de semana no fue precisamente fácil para Jorge Casales. El trial, programado a dos días de competición, vio como la lluvia y el barro se convertían en los inesperados protagonistas, especialmente el sábado, dejando las zonas muy resbaladizas y con poca tracción. En estas delicadas condiciones Casales terminó 7º el primer día. Sin  embargo, en el segundo podría mejorar ostensiblemente, siendo capaz de escalar hasta la 5ª posición, su mejor resultado de la temporada en el Nacional, mucho más cerca de los primeros puestos especialmente después de culminar unespectacular 2º paso por las zonas, en el que penalizó únicamente 7 puntos. A estos puntos se les debía añadir 28, que fueron los penalizados en la vuelta inaugural. Tras esta prueba sube un puesto en la provisional del Campeonato, ahora es 6º.

Las mayores alegrías vinieron de la mano de Berta Abellán. Su temporada está siendo impresionante:líder del Campeonato de Europa, podio en la 1ª prueba del Mundial y 2ª clasificada en la general, y este fin de semana, nueva Campeona de España de Trial 2018. Tal y como viene siendo habitual en esta campaña, las cosas estuvieron muy ajustadas entre las tres primeras clasificadas, siendo Abellán,quién se acabaría llevando el gato al agua tanto el sábado como el domingo. Al igual que les pasó a los pilotos de TR1, el barro puso en serios aprietos a todas las participantes, un hecho que combinado con unas zonas en las que era complicado marcar diferencias, exigía mantener la concentración en todo momento para no cometer fallos y perder las opciones a luchar por la victoria.

La victoria del sábado se gestó gracias a dos vueltas muy sólidas, con 15 y 14 puntos respectivamente. Siendo la mejor en ambas, nadie pudo disputarle el triunfo. El domingo la clave estuvo en la 2ª pasada. En la 1ª había marcado 8, por 6 de Murcia (Beta), que era quién lideraba. Así que tocaba apretar para mejorar y alcanzar de nuevo la victoria. Y así lo hizo, una increíble puntuación de 3 le otorgó el liderato y le valió para subir de nuevo al cajón más alto del podio.

El Campeonato de Abellán ha sido sensacional. Tras las dos primeras pruebas, en las que había finalizado 2ª en ambas, ganó en Sarrià de Ter y también los dos días en Pobladura, proclamándose con total merecimiento, Campeona de España de Trial 2018. Este supone además, el primer título Nacional para Vertigo.

DECLARACIONES BERTA ABELLÁN:

“El primer día hice 15 puntos en la 1ª vuelta y 14ª en la segunda. Estuvo muy apretado con Neus Murcia, ya que nos jugábamos el Campenato. Tras poder ganar el sábado, el domingo pude ir un poco menos presionada, aunque las diferencias volvieron a ser mínimas. Nos llovió los dos días, había mucho barro y en general el nivel era fácil, así que era muy fácil cometer errores. Finalmente, muy contenta con el resultado, el trato y las ganas que le hemos puesto entre todos los del equipo para llevarnos el Campeonato”.

 

COMPLICATED WEEKEND FOR CASALES AND POLI AT TRIALGP PORTUGAL

With no time to rest after last week’s TrialGP Andorra, the World Championship paddock landed in Portugal, venue for round 4 of the 2018 calendar. The official Vertigo Factory riders, Jorge Casales and Matteo Poli, were arriving with high levels of confidence, specially after both getting great results in Andorra, where they got sixth place in their respective classes.

In Gouveia Jorge Casales lived the hardest race so far this season. Even though he felt great on the bike during the Qualifying on Saturday to finish in 6th place, on Sunday he struggled to find his pace through the Portuguese sections, dropping several maximums that finally put him far from the top spots. His two laps were quite the same regarding punctuations, as he ended lap 1 with 38 marks and 39 on lap 2. Three consecutive maximums on both laps in the opening 3 sections opened a gap that was nearly impossible to recover, so he finally finished in ninth.

Matteo Poli had a promising performance in Andorra a week before, but he neither felt comfortable on Portuguese soil. On Saturday he was 2nd fastest in Qualifying, but 1 mark dropped him to 14th place. Already on Sunday, scores between the Trial2 riders were again pretty tight, so every single mistake meant the lost of several positions in the standings. Three maximums on the opening lap were too much to keep close to the top spots, and even he improved on lap 2 it was too late to bounce back. Poli ended the race with 33 marks and in 11th place.

Now, the TrialGP World Championship takes a little breath. Next race will be in France in three weeks time.