Jaime Busto, the rising Spanish star who finished the 2022 Hertz FIM Trial World Championship in a career-best runner-up position, will ride for GASGAS next season.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to the marque and last rode for GASGAS back in 2018.
While his main rivals Toni Bou and Adam Raga come from the Catalan region of Spain on the shores of the Mediterranean, Busto’s hometown is in the Basque area on the Atlantic coast.
Viewed by many as heir apparent to the throne of Bou, with the weight of such expectation comes a lot of pressure and – as the experience to deal with this is a commodity that must be earned – Busto has had to put in the hard yards.
A 13-year-old Busto made his international debut in 2011 in the European Youth Championship when he finished sixth before winning the following season. He backed this up in 2014 with the Trial2 crown and then made his TrialGP debut in 2015 at the tender age of just seventeen.
Busto has only dropped out of the World top-three once since 2017 and he hopes that his return to GASGAS will enable him to take the next – and largest – step on the ladder.
“I’m so excited to join GASGAS for next season,” he said. “It’s a brand with Spanish heritage and that’s really important but also the whole structure and dynamic of the team looks really strong. The bike itself is great and I know the plan is to keep on developing and improving all the time.
“For 2023 my goal is to improve on my results from this year. I want to be more consistent and in the fight for the win at every single race. The whole GASGAS vibe fits my style really well and I’m hoping that by working hard together we can achieve some greats results next year.”
His team boss Albert Cabestany – the FIM X-Trial World Champion in 2002 – is delighted to have Busto onboard next season.
“It means so much to sign a rider like Jaime Busto to the team,” he said. “Obviously, he is capable of securing top results and so our plan is to give him everything he needs to do that.
“Jaime also fits the GASGAS brand perfectly and together I truly believe we can achieve great things. His results in 2022 have been excellent – third overall in X-Trial and second in TrialGP – and, so looking ahead to the next two seasons, our plan is to keep on growing the team structure to be even stronger and enable Jaime to continue fighting for World Championship titles.
“Jaime joining the team is just one part of a big plan to put GASGAS right at the top of the Trial world and I can’t wait for the new season to begin.”
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