A young rider with a promising future in trial

The Basque rider has become the biggest hope for the future of Spanish Trial and has the talent to make it to the top with a decade full of success.

After winning the FIM World Cup the FIM Trial World Championship in 2014, Jaime Busto joined the Repsol Honda Team that same year. Since then, he has competed in the FIM Trial and X-Trial World Championships and the Spanish Trial Championship alongside Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami. In his second year on the Team, Jaime finished in a well-deserved sixth place after a steady season.

We interviewed him for the Repsol Team’s blog.

1. Hi Jaime. What do you think of the season that has just come to an end?

Hi everyone. Well, I think it started out quite well. I was really motivated at the beginning and I thought it’d go better, but honestly, I don’t think I achieved the goals I’d set myself in the end. But I did get a lot out of the experience, which will help me to improve next season.

2. In what ways have you progressed during the World Championship? What have you learnt this season?

Even though I finished in sixth place again, I think that I’ve improved in many ways. I think I’m calmer in the non-stop sections; they were really difficult for me last year. I’ve also learnt from my Repsol Honda teammates Fuji and Toni, and I now know how to face races with a positive attitude.

3. Which GP did you most enjoy competing in and why? Which one did you do your best in?

This year I’ve felt comfortable in a few races, but I felt the most comfortable in Andorra. I really liked the route and the sections. I had a really good time. I finished seven races in fourth place, just missing the podium, and in France I tied with Toni Bou—who came in third—on points.

4. Is being persistent important in an outdoor trial championship?

Yes, but it all starts with the preparation. You need to be persistent in training as well, not just in the races. Taking on a Grand Prix without having worked both physically and on the motorbike can make for a disastrous race.

5. How do you prepare yourself for the season? What’s your training plan?

Each rider has his own way of training. I’m used to training on the bike for four to five hours every day. I combine it with exercise and I go to the gym a few times a week.

6. What are your goals for next season?

To get better results. It’s no secret that I want to finish in the top three in the World Championship.

7. How does it feel to have the support of a major brand like Repsol?

I think that it’s really important for us to have the support of a major brand like Repsol, that has had the team for a long time. It’s really reassuring to know that we have the best lubricants and fuels available to us.

8. What do you think are the most important parts of a Trial motorbike? How have the lubricants helped you in the races?

There are many important parts, but the most important is the engine without a doubt. Good engine oil and the best petrol possible make the whole thing work well. We also use chain sprays, lubricants, and multi-purpose oils to make sure everything runs smoothly.

9. What would your advice be for other youngsters who want to start out in trial?

To get into trial you need to be really dedicated. Train a lot, learn. You need to dedicate a lot of time to it, sacrifice certain things to focus on what you want. Trial is a very difficult sport; things don’t always turn out right the first time and you need to try really hard to be successful.

10. Who inspired you to start out in trial? What do you most like about this athlete?

I’m from the Basque Country, and unfortunately, there are no great trial champions from there like in Catalonia. That’s why my parents took me to compete in Catalonia so I’d learn more. When you’re young your parents talk about this and that, but when I met Toni Bou I wanted to be just like him. Now I’m lucky enough to be on the same team, but what I really like is the fact that he has guts, competing against champions when he was only a kid.