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Lights and shades for Gas Gas in the Turkish Grand Prix

14/06/2011
Ivan and 'Nambo' podiums on Friday in contrast to the withdrawal of French and the 4th of Cervantes on Saturday. Mechanical problems for Melotte.
The Grand Prix of Turkey Enduro, ahead to Friday and Saturday as a result the legislative elections that celebrates the country this Sunday, served the team Gas Gas to discover the two faces of the competition: The positive have lived the first day with Ivan Cervantes (fought at the head of E2 and was second) and Christophe Nambotin (3rd in E3), while the negative was for Cedric Melotte, who had an engine failure on Friday and missed the entire race, the same that 'Nambo' which on Saturday broke the suspension and not finished.

The thrilling fight that Ivan starred on Friday with Cristobal Guerrero for the win in E2 meant that the championship leader, Antoine Meo, had to settle for being third. That multiplied the excitement for the second day, although a fall in the first Enduro Test and lack of traction on the hard Cross Test affected the Gas Gas rider, which finished just off the podium by 3'6 seconds. Despite this 4th place, Ivan is still second overall after Meo -winner on Saturday-, and increases the distance with 'Pela' Renet, 5th on Friday and second on Saturday.

If some falls didn't prevent the Nambotin's podium on Friday, the second day was harder for the frenchman. The shoulder of the rear suspension of his EC 300 was broken in the 7th special when was fighting for second place in E3. Still, it remains second in the overall standings behind Mika Ahola, who scored two wins. In this category, Jordi Figueras was 7th and 8th and is reinforced in seventh place in the standings.

The EWC will live their fifth race next weekend in Meteora and Kalambaka (Greece).

Ivan Cervantes

"After fighting for victory on Friday, the fourth place on Saturday may seem poor, although I'm not much less unsatisfied, quite the opposite. In other races, in similar circumstances, with hard specials and without traction we end with a minute to the head and this time have been only few seconds that we have separated the victory. It was a great race and the goal now is not to fail, because all is very tight. I think the team is doing a great job and earlier this year we don't aspired to the title, but now anyone doubts that we can get it".

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