The Repsol Honda Team is investing in the future by signing a new youngster to its factory Trial division – Jaime Busto.The 17-year-old Spaniard has signed with the Repsol Honda Team Trial through 2015, and will pilot a Montesa Cota 4Rt alongside eight-time Trial Champion Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami in the 2015 Trial Outdoor FIM World Championship. Busto will also compete at the top level in the 2015 Spanish Trial Championship.
Though young, Busto already has an impressive record. In the 2014 FIM World Cup (former World Junior Championship), he won seven of 13 races. In 2012 he had become Youth 125 category champion, a competition in which he had previously debuted in 2011 at a young 13.At a Spanish national level, the Basque rider has clinched just about every possible title in the lower categories, this year even finishing eighth in spite of carrying an injury throughout the latter part of the season, Repsol Honda says.\Speaking of the signing, Jaime Busto says “I’m really pleased to be able to form a part of the HRC Team, the best in the world. For me, it really is an honour to be with such great champions as Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami. I hope to be able to learn a lot from them. The Montesa Cota 4RT has surprised me. I will have to get used to the four-stroke, but I think that I’ll adapt to it quickly.”Speaking of the signing, Repsol Honda says “With Busto’s arrival to the trial team, Repsol reinforces its commitment with the sport through its motorsports sponsorship. Not only in the World Champion elite, with Champions Marquez, Pedrosa, Bou and Fujinami, but also with young talents such as Busto, its implication in the FIM CEV Repsol and its support to riders such as Fabio Quartararo, Maria Herrera or Jorge Navarro, who at 15, 18 and 19, respectively, will have the opportunity to take part in the complete Moto3 World Championship calendar.”Miquel Cirera, Repsol Honda Team Trials Team Manager, also commented: “At Repsol Honda Team we have the best riders in the world, and we want to continue that way for many years, to keep on winning races and titles. We had the chance to sign up Jaime Busto, one of the most promising young talents currently around. He will serve as a fine complement to our champions Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!