Thanks to his second place in Budapest, the last point winning event, Torrot’s GasGas Trial Factory Team rider finished in third position of the World Championship by making a space for himself amongst the world elite of the discipline. Busto achieved three podium finishes in his first season with GasGas. His teammate, Jeroni Fajardo, who was not riding in the last race in Hungary, finishes the season in seventh position.
The Budapest Arena in the Hungarian capital hosted the seventh and final event in the 2018 World X-Trial Championship. A closing event where Jaime Busto arrived aiming to make a repeat of his great performance two weeks ago in París, where the GasGas Factory Team rider got his first victory in the Indoor World Championship.
Busto got a quick classifier in in the first round, after finishing in second place with only 9 points. Paired up with Takahisa Fujinami and James Dabill in the second, his 8 points gave him the way into the final where he got a second place, with 3 points more on his card than Adam Raga.
Thanks to his second place in Budapest, Busto closes his first complete season in the X-Trial World Championship with an excellent third position. At only 20 years old he has become the great revelation of the Championship after a second place in Vendée, achieving a historic victory in Paris and once again climbing on to the second step of the podium in Budapest. Meanwhile, his teammate, Jeroni Fajardo, finished the year in seventh place in the table, just one point behind Dabill, after not riding in this event having not made it into the second round in París.
Now the X-Trial World Championship is over, the GasGas Trial Factory Team is now looking towards the coming TrialGP World Championship. A competition that is to get started on 19th May in Camprodon and is set to finish on 16th September in Pietramurata, Italy, after competition in eight GPs.
“Once again we have got a great result in the Budapest X-Trial. We hoped the results would be even better in the second part of the season, as the riders had more time to get used to their new GasGas bikes. The break after Barcelona was really good as they were able to train and get the feeling of their GasGas bikes. We have been up on the podium in the last three races and also Jaime has finished third in the World Championship, one of our objectives this season. We have grown from less to more, which was what we expected.
This result gives us a positive push towards the coming TrialGP Championship, starting in May. The riders will be even more at one with their bikes. I want to congratulate all the team and the GasGas family for the work they have done throughout the indoor season. Now is the time to keep on working.”
“I am very happy with this second place and with the third place overall in the X-Trial World Championship, in this the first year with GasGas, and in what was also my first complete season in the World Championship. I started off by being a bit worried as I was riding for the third position against Benoit [Bincaz], but I got through into the second leg in second place. In the semi-final I had a good round and made it through to the final. It was a very close final where I went out really wanting to do well. I got a five in the last zone and Adam [Raga] only got 2 points. In fact I’m really pleased with the result and with the third place in the World Championship. The team has done a fantastic job.”