Spanish Jaime Busto (Beta) and British Becky Cook (Beta) are the 2012 champion in the Youth and Women classes of the UEM Trials Championship. This third and final round was held at Zelhem (Holland) in a very well fitted artificial area under the sun and temperatures quite unusual at this latitude in September.
Despite the dry terrain always favourable to Southern Europe riders, it was not Busto who made his third win in a row. He finished second, heavily beaten by German Franz Xaver Kadlec (Gas Gas), who scored in two laps only 7 points: less than half what all the other riders did in just one lap!
Quite astonished for the German rider’s ability shown today, all his rivals competed only for the runner-up position. Busto after a first lap “so and so”, recovered very well and overtook Italian Gabriele Giarba (Beta), who finished even third in the championship, losing his battle with Kadlec for the second place.
First European title for British girl, Becky Cook. Still absent the pluri-champion Laia Sanz, Cook rode very concentrated and gained soon a discrete lead in the first lap, scoring only six points against the thirteen’s lost by his number one rival, country mate Emma Bristow (Ossa). In third French Sandrine Juffet (JTG). Bristow and Juffet occupied the same positions in the championship, too.
The large International Youth class was fully dominated by German riders, who reserved for themselves the podium. But even the fourth rider deserved attention, because the first four finished in just 4 points. The winner, Hendrik Blinder (Beta) scored 40 marks. Mirko Fabera (Gas Gas) 42, Jarno Robrahn (Gas Gas) 43 and Belgian Dave Hanrats (Gas Gas) 44.
Keith Meier on Sherco won the International class for Women.