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First victory for Ivan with Gas Gas in the World Championship

02/04/2012
A win and a third in Argentina expands the lead for Cervantes in E2. Danny McCanney, fourth in EJ.
The city of San Juan, in western Argentina, was the scene this weekend for the second race of the Enduro World Championship (EWC) and the first World Championship victory for Ivan Cervantes with Gas Gas. After the two second places achieved in Chile a week earlier that earned him the lead in the Enduro 2 classification, Ivan not only retained his consistency but strengthened his position by the win on Saturday and a third place on Sunday.

After starting the Grand Prix of Argentina struggling closely with Juha Salminen, a mechanical problem delayed the Finn and allowed Cervantes to deal a blow to the classification by beating Cristobal Guerrero by 27 seconds and Johnny Aubert by more than 38. After this great victory the first day, the second day had a similar line, with a close competition with Ivan following Salminen until on the final special test, and struggling to try to get the win again, a small error led the Gas Gas rider to give second place to Guerrero by only 0.33 of a second. However, Ivan has expanded his lead going into the third round of the season, the GP of Euskadi, to be held on the 5th and 6th of May.

Moreover, in Enduro Junior, Danny McCanney continues to adapt well to the World Championship and fighting for his place on the podium, on Saturday and Sunday finishing fourth a fifth place respectively. Finally, Jordi Figueras holds his own in E3, finishing tenth on the first day and eleventh on Sunday.

Ivan Cervantes

“I’ve been waiting for this moment and struggling to achieve this success and it has finally arrived. I am very happy for me and the entire team. The effort of their work have now been given the reward and last week we had a great race in Chile, this week we still have done better. This will be a very complicated year and each day that passes I am more convinced to maintain the schedule that we have determined, so we cannot relax. Plus Saturday's win, I think we can be pleased by the pace we have and because, even having left an open track, this weekend we have proven to be very consistent. Now it is time to go back home and maximize the time to take stock of what we can further improve as the season is long and we have not done anything yet".

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