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Bad luck for Gas Gas in Barcelona’s Indoor Enduro

07/02/2011
Cervantes could not get to the finals after one of his tyres slipped off the rim and Lampkin suffered from physical problems

Luck wasn’t on the side of Gas Gas in the visit of the Enduro Indoor World Championship to Barcelona. Two of the riders who were most likely to be on the podium, Ivan Cervantes and Dougie Lampkin, couldn’t finally shine in front of the audience of the Palau Sant Jordi just as they had done on previous years.

The first unfortunate incident of the night came when Ivan could not get in the final round after suffering a very unusual problem with his back tyre in the morning classifying session. Despite having set the fastest lap of his group, the rider from Cambrils saw his back wheel get stucked in a ditch and the tyre slip off the rim. After this incident he couldn’t finish the race. This circumstance made him try his luck again in the afternoon’s repechage, where he felt down right after the start and was forced to move up from the last positions being able only to finish on the threshold of the classification.

Dougie was a bit more lucky in the morning session. He finished 2nd in the preliminary round and thus he was automatically classifyed for the finals. However he started to suffer an awful migrane that increased in intensity as the day went by. In spite of the intense headache the British rider fought hard in the three races and could finally finish 8th. Xavi Leon could also get in the finals and finished 12th in the global result.

After the round in Vigo scheduled for February 26th has been cancelled, the last round of the Enduro Indoor World Championship will take place in Lisbon, on March 5th.

Dougie Lampkin

"This has been a very difficult race. The practice and the classifying sessions weren’t too bad but early in the morning my head started aching being just the prelude of a terrible migraine. I expected it to diminish by the afternoon but finally it didn’t and this made the three races terrible. The pain deprived me from focusing on the race and at some moments I even experienced double vision. It is a pity because this was my debut with Gas Gas in the Enduro Indoor World Championship but within these circumstances it is very hard to race properly. It’s been tough but I’m positive that things will improve a little bit in Lisbon and I’ll be among the top positions. The truth is that I feel very comfortable with the bike and very motivated so it is for sure that good results are about to come”.

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