Torrot’s GasGas Trial Factory Team rider finishes third and his teammate, Jaime Busto, fifth in the Palau Sant Jordi, where the presentation of the new electric trial bike, the GasGas TXE was held.
Barcelona hosted the X-Trial for the forty-first time, where the GasGas Trial Factory Team riders were able to compete in front of their fans, including a whole GasGas stand wearing red for the occasion. The GasGas riders, Jeroni Fajardo and Jaime Busto managed to give thanks for all that support with a third and a fifth place, respectively. A first podium in 2018 for Fajardo, in the season of his return to GasGas. The Palau Sant Jordi also hosted the society presentation of the new electric trial bike, the TXE, with Torrot engine, ridden by the champion of the first edition of the TrialE Cup, Marc Colomer.
After a great first round, in which Fajardo and Busto finished third and fourth, respectively, the level increased even more in the second round. A pass through the areas in the opposite direction complicated things for many of the riders, causing them to make several mistakes, but the GasGas Trial Factory Team riders managed to get through unscathed. Jeroni Fajardo got his first podium finish of the season, thanks to the ‘zero’ achieved in the last zone, which boosted him to the third place of honour. Jaime Busto only added 4 more points, finishing in fifth position.
With this result, Jeroni Fajardo is positioned fourth in the overall standings and Jaime Busto, sixth. The next round of the X-Trial World Championship will be on March 8th, in Seville.
“The day started almost perfectly. In the first lap I had some incredible feelings, the bike was very good and I felt very comfortable. In the second round, I went out to give my best. I did a 5 that could be done, but after that an avoidable 5 and I lost concentration. In the third zone, I tried not to put feet down or touch the crankcase, but I got a 5. Today did not go completely to plan but we will continue training to give 100% in the other races.”
“It was a very good day, with a very hard fought third place from the beginning, especially in the first round. Despite being a guest rider and having to open zones, I did quite well and I managed to make a good first pass through the zones. I finished third, just a few points behind Adam [Raga] and Toni [Bou]. The semi-final was a little more complicated and it was difficult to get to the final being paired with Toni. Things didn’t go so well, but we managed to fight until the end, adding a zero in the last zone and that helped me to finish third. A very hard fought and well deserved podium.”