Paris was the scene of the sixth round of the X-Trial World Championship, and this was an event that Jaime Busto is unlikely forget. The young GasGas Trial Factory Team rider has chalked up his first victory in the X-Trial World Championship by beating Adam Raga in a thrilling final. The Basque rider has achieved the first triumph in this contest for GasGas since the rescue by Torrot in 2015. Jeroni Fajardo finished in seventh position.
The GasGas Trial Factory Team riders were paired in the same group in the first round. Jaime Busto scored 10 points, while Jeroni Fajardo got 12.
In the second round, Jaime Busto, was competing against Toni Bou -the World Champion after the suspension of the X-Trial in Seville- and with Takahisa Fujinami. After a solid performance, Busto got a total of 8 points and made it to the grand final, which he competed in against Adam Raga.
In a very closely run final, Jaime Busto managed to take the pressure perfectly, getting only 3 points against Raga’s 6, who scored a decisive ‘five’ in the fifth zone. After this brilliant performance, the GasGas rider was able to chalk up his first victory in the X-Trial World Championship.
With this result, Jaime Busto climbs in the general ranking to the fourth position, just two points behind the third classified. Jeroni Fajardo is sixth. The next round of the X-Trial World Championship will be held on March 29, in the Hungarian city of Budapest.
“We are very happy after winning the first victory for GasGas in the X-Trial World Championship after the purchase by Torrot. This result shows that Jaime [Busto] is adapting very well to the bike. Although he’s only 20 years old, Jaime made a great job of taking the pressure in the final. As well as the victory, which is also important, as team manager, I value how he managed this situation, being so young, when facing a great Adam Raga. This allows us to look to the future in a very positive way and shows us that we are working in the right direction. We must congratulate the whole GasGas family, because this is the work of many people.
Jeroni [Fajardo] had a problem in the first zone that stopped him from doing a good round. It was a shame, because he could have passed to the second, which would have given him the classification for the Budapest X-Trial. But we are going to continue working at maximum power for the next events.”
“I am very happy with this result. We completed a good first round of the World Championship, finishing on the podium and, after some not such good events, we have got our rhythm back again. We have been training very hard for the last few months and today we have been rewarded. The bike worked wonders and I would like to thank the whole team for their help. We came to Paris convinced that we could do things well and that’s the way it has been. I withstood the pressure in the final with Adam [Raga] very well and I am very happy with this victory.”
“We finished in seventh place by very little, only three tenths. Obviously, it was not our goal but today I felt good on the bike, with confidence. The zones were very slippery and I had bad luck in the first zone, because of a small error. After that I fell, adding a ‘five’ in an area that should have been a ‘zero’. I kept on fighting to the end and the following areas didn’t go badly for me, but I just missed my ticket to the next round.”