Paris was the scene of the sixth round of the X-Trial World Championship, and this was an event that Jaime Busto is unlikely to 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 cancellation of the X-Trial in Seville and also 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, Busto managed to handle the pressure perfectly, scoriing only 3 points against Raga's 6 whioch included 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.
|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 five tenths of a second. 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.|