The Netherlands hosted the 3rd round of the 2019 TrialGP World Championship last weekend leaving the best outcome so far fo the Vertigo Factory Team, as both Jaime Busto and Jorge Casales delivered a great performance that saw them fight for podium positions until the last stages of the Trial, with Busto showing he is getting better and better aboard his new Vertical R and Casales showing his true potential.
It was Busto who got closer to the box. After struggling at TrialGP Japan Qualifying session, what made both days of competition extremely demanding, in the Netherlands he was able to secure a great 3rd place that made things far easier for him on Sunday. At Zelhem he was able to make a new step forward in terms of regularity and competitiveness, minimizing the gap with the Top 3 and keeping his podium chances alive until the end of the trial. He finished with 23 marks, what would have been enough to get a solid 4th place if it wasn’t for a time penalty of 5 extra marks, that eventually dropped him to 5th place just one mark behind Fujinami.
Jorge Casales confirmed that he is in a great shape. On Saturday he took a conservative strategy during qualifying, securing a mistake-free ride to get an 8th place. On Sunday he was one man to watch for the podium since the trial kicked off, specially after the opening lap, in which he only left 9 marks and was placing 4th in the provisional standings trailing 2nd place by just 3 points. Lap 2 was again a demonstration of his potential, but this time two maximums in the last two sections prevented him of finishing the Trial in a better place than 6th, just one spot behind Busto. With no time to rest, the two will be heading to Belgium by the end of this week for round 4 of the series, where they expect to confirm their great progression.
In the Trial2 class Lorenzo Gandola didn’t have the day he was expecting. The talented Italian struggled all day long and didn’t find his pace. A tough lap 1 with too many mistakes opened a big gap between him and the leaders, and even a better second run through the 15 sections of the trial wasn’t enough to recover all the lost ground, so he had to settle with a 14th place.
Pau Martínez neither enjoyed a successful Trial despite delivering two solid laps, 10 and 13 marks, but this time this wasn’t just enough to be fighting for the podium like he has been doing since the opening round in Italy. A 7th place isn’t what the Spanish rising star was hoping for, but he will have a great opportunity to bounce back in just a few days time at TrialGP Belgium
The TrialGP World Championship doesn’t stop, and as we mention, Belgium will hold the 4th round of the season and the second consecutive event of June next weekend.