VERTIGO FACTORY RIDERS FINISH UP FRONT WITH 5 PODIUMS AT TRIALGP ANDORRA

Jaime Busto kept his 3rd place in the Championship Standings, Pau Martínez extended his lead in Trial125 and Berta Abellán finished as 2020 TrialGP Women runner-up. Ben Dignan clinched his first World Championship victory.

TrialGP Andorra, which marked the beginning of the second half of the TrialGP season, saw the Vertigo riders once again stand out by getting five new podiums to prove yet again the competitiveness of the R2 in the high altitude, just as they did in France in the opening round of the calendar.

In TrialGP Jaime Busto placed 6th on both days of competition. On day 1 the rain left slippery sections and grip very hard to find for all the riders. As the day progressed, conditions improved, and so did Busto’s scores, who after dropping 31 marks on the opening lap, was able to reduce that punctuation to 25 on lap 3 to finish the day just one point behind fifth and four behind fourth. On the second day, with three solid laps of 28, 23 and 26 marks he would eventually repeat his day 1 result. After the Andorra events Busto stays in a solid third spot in the general standings, now 15 points ahead of Casales.

Jack Price, who suffered a big crash at TrialGP Spain a week ago, was finally able to compete in Andorra. The Britt, who was not yet at 100%, was 11th the two point-paying days.

Berta Abellán earned her third consecutive runner-up finish in the TrialGP Women Championship. On Saturday she was third behind Sandra Gómez, with whom she was tied in points approaching to the Andorran events. That left her with no other option than finishing ahead of her country fellow on Sunday if she wanted to get back to that second place of the Championship. Abellán didn’t let the pressure affect her and with an excellent trial, she got herself up to the second step of the podium to secure another runner-up finish in the TrialGP World Championship since this was the last GP of the calendar for the women’s class.

The Trial125 riders were again especially inspired in Andorra. The R2 has established as the most competitive machine in the class, which has been proven by the Vertigo riders in each round of the series. On Saturday Pau Martínez finished second after putting in a late charge in the last lap, Ben Dignan would finish in sixth and Pau Dinarés would also manage to enter the Top 10, ninth. Sunday would be another exceptional day for Vertigo as Martinez would be second again, but this time he would be joined by his teammate Ben Dignan, who clinched his maiden victory in a World Championship event. The Scotsman won the trial thanks to an impressive last lap in which he only left 3 marks. That allowed him to finish with a total of 19, one less than Martínez.

Thanks to his double second place finish in Andorra, Pau Martínez extends his Championship lead over Guiraud, who is now 23 points behind the Spaniard. With his victory on Sunday Dignan rises to a sensational third place in the general standings.

In the Trial2 class Lorenzo Gandola got off to an excellent start that put him right in the mix for the top spots. However, a second lap with two fiascos in sections that he had previously cleaned, made him lose contact with the front to finish the day in 10th place. The rookie Hugo Dufrese was 12th. On Sunday the young French rider would post his best result so far in Trial2, finishing in an amazing seventh position thanks to a very worthy second part of the race and specially a great third lap, in which he left only 16 marks. Lorenzo Gandola would  round out the Top 10 again.

Now the TrialGP World Championship takes a breath after three back-to-back events to return to action for the series showdown in Italy the 10th and 11th of October.

 

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