FRUITFUL TRIALGP SPAIN WITH THE VERTIGO FACTORY RIDERS COLLECTING 7 PODIUMS
The Vertigo Factory riders carried to Pobladura de las Regueras the great momentum they showcased at TrialGP France. Busto, Martínez, Dinarés, Dignan and Abellan collected a total of 7 podiums for the team.
Pobladura de las Regueras, Spain, hosted this weekend the third and fourth rounds of the 2020 TrialGP World Championship. The Vertigo Factory Team, which proved to be one of the most competitive squads in the opening round, once again placed its riders among the best in each class during the two point-paying days of competition.
In the premier class Jaime Busto continued the excellent level exhibited in France just a week ago. On Saturday the Spanish rider feasted on the podium again after completing a very solid trial, with three solid laps of 19, 15 and 15 marks aboard his R2 to finish in second place. On Sunday he struggled to match his previous performances and finished in 6th place. Two fiascos in sections 9 and 10 in the opening lap would eventually knock him out of the podium despite Busto’s improvement on the next two laps. From 28 marks on lap 1, he went to 19 and 21 on the next ones, but that turned out not to be enough to get inside the Top 3. The Spaniard still holds an excellent 3rd place in the Championship standings trailing Raga by just 4 points while he has a 22 point advantage over the fourth.
Jack Price had a big crash on Saturday but managed to finish 11th on both days.
Pau Martínez delivered yet another outstanding race weekend with the Vertical R2 125cc. He took another double victory to extend his lead in the Trial125 class in which he holds an impressive winning streak of 4 victories out of four rounds this season. On Saturday he dominated in style, 18 marks ahead of his teammate Pau Dinarés, while on Sunday, with the scores being slightly lower than on day 1, the fight for the victory lasted until the end with Martínez finally getting the win thanks to earning more cleans than Guiraud, who ended up second. Both finished with 7 marks. Martínez now leads by 20 points precisely over Guiraud, who as well sits in second in the general standings.
In Pobladura Martínez would be joined on the podium by the aforementioned Pau Dinarés on Saturday, who wrapped-up his maiden podium in the World Championship after completing an exceptional trial in 2nd place. On Sunday it would be another Vertigo rider, the Scotsman Ben Dignan, who would share the podium with Martínez in third place to certify the current dominance of Vertigo in the Trial125 class.
In Trial2 neither Lorenzo Gandola and the rookie Hugo Dufrese enjoyed an easy opening day. A first lap with too many marks dropped them down the leaderboard, and although they were able to improve on laps 2 and 3, the Italian finally had to settle with a 10th place and the Frenchman with a 16th position. On Sunday both would improve, with Gandola leading the trial at some points throughout the day and keeping himself in contention for the podium spots. Two consecutive fiascos in sections 4 and 5 made him lose ground in the closing stages of the trial though, so Gandola finally had to content with a 7th. Dufrese, feeling more comfortable on Sunday, was able to get a positive 10th position to confirm himself as the best rookie in the class.
Berta Abellán continues to collect podiums in the TrialGP Women class. The 2019 World Championship runner-up took her R2 to the third step of the podium both on Saturday and Sunday. On day 1, with 64 marks, she got two marks short from Sandra Gómez’s 62. On Sunday, despite showing greater consistency, she was unable to finally attack the second place. Abellán is also third overall in the Championship, tied with Gómez at 64 points.
The next TrialGP World Championship event arrives this weekend in Andorra with rounds 5 and 6 of the series.
Photo credit: Marc Calvo