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Two early complications left Raga without the best reward in the Grand Prix of Australia

28/05/2012
The Gas Gas rider added a second and fourth after a couple of brilliant recoveries in Mt. Tarrengower.
The area of Mount Tarrengower, in the town of Maldon (Victoria, Australia) welcomed this weekend's first edition of the Trial GP of Australia and the debut of the World Championship for this specialty in the South Pacific. Saturday was marked by the appearance of rain resulting in very complicated and slippery sections, which did not favor the Gas Gas riders. Adam Raga collected points very early on, but managed to improve little by little and turn the situation masterfully in the second lap, achieving a score almost half of the first, and a well deserved second place finish. Toni Bou took the first step of the podium with 24 points, compared to Adam’s 54 and 65 for Albert Cabestany. Moreover, Loris Gubian also failed to shine and finished eighth, while Michael Brown finished tenth.

The second day of the race resulted in a bittersweet taste for Raga. The Gas Gas rider again saw a complicated race start which prevented him from fighting for victory and, on this occasion, he was even turned away from the podium. As in the previous day Adam got a grip upon the final lap and passed all of the sections that initially gave him 30 points, this time with only 3. Finishing only one step away from the places of honor, taken by Bou, Fajardo and Fujinami. Regarding Gubian, he finished ninth and was beaten by the young Italian Matteo Grattarola, while Michael Brown finished 11th, Pere Borrellas was 12th and Alex Wigg 13th.

The World Championship will travel directly to Japan, where the third round on the schedule takes place in Motegi.

Adam Raga

“On Saturday I started pretty bad and I found it difficult to find my rhythm, but I gradually got a grip and recuperated on the second lap. I am pleased with this second place, mainly because we turned around a race that started really bad, so I consider this a good result and I'm happy. The first round on Sunday started out again pretty bad, I missed most of the account, and besides, I was marked a 'five', that in my opinion, I did not commit. Anyway, I have the great work done in the second half of the last race, in which we have recovered exceptionally to be just two points away from the podium. I hope that next week we will do better in Japan”.

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