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The Gas Gas team is still learning in Portugal

20/05/2013
The Portuguese Enduro Grand Prix has been assessed positively by the Factory Gas Gas Pons Team race team, with good feelings in the technical sections, While the results are not as desired, there is confidence that the riders are in a continuing progression which they hope to confirm in the next races.
In Torres Vedras, Portugal, the fourth Grand Prix of the season was disputed. These two races have tested the new Gas Gas EC Factory Replica and its riders. Of these results, one highlight is the inclusion of the Belgian rider, Jeff Goblet, who joined the team structure of the Gas Gas Factory Pons Team as a rider in the E2 class. Goblet, who recently had knee surgery, had a discrete outcome in the first of the two days. On Sunday he felt more comfortable on the bike and the terrain, improving his finishing position and lessening time difference with the winner of the category.

In Junior, Danny McCanney is focused upon narrowing the gap with his rivals, a fact that has made him lose concentration on several occasions, resulting in falls like the one experienced in the SuperTest , losing precious time that he was unable to recover before the end of the race. Sunday’s result was better, but far from expected. The Chilean Diego Rojas continues his impressive performances in the category, in which he was left just outside the gates of the ‘top10’ and at future events this will be the goal of the young member of the Gas Gas School of Champions.

Esteban Lanz, the best of the Gas Gas riders in the Youth Cup was about to achieve the first objective: to consolidate in the top eight, but a hard fall in the extreme on Saturday, with a major blow to his back, affected him physically and resulted in him finishing toward the rear of the field of riders. For his part, the Israeli rider, Tomer Shapira was out of the points in the race despite showing good form.

The Gas Gas Factory Pons Team has almost one month before the next round of the World Championship in Romania on the 14th to 16th of June, where head coach of the team, Sergi Duran, plans a test session with the riders to harden them for the championship finals.

Danny McCanney:
"My weekend started bad for me when I crashed in the SuperTest and lost ten, twelve seconds that put me off the leaders straight away. The first Enduro test, I just struggled a little bit with my time, I was just a bit too slow and lost another ten seconds and then all day I was fighting to try and get up the leader board. But it’s been a tough race for me. I’ve had some good tests, and some bad ones. I’ve had four weekends in a row racing and I’m quite tired now, I need a good rest".

Jeff Goblet:
"I have to be graceful to the Gas Gas team for believing in me. I really like the bike and I’m doing very well. The race was very difficult for me. It was very much like MX and I’m not used to that. It’s my first World Cup race this year and I hope on the next test I’ll be getting better".

Diego 'Toro' Rojas:
"The race was good. I ended up pretty tired with these two days of racing. Every time I feel more comfortable with the bike and am very happy with the team. Everything is perfect. The bike is flawless and I, well I keep training and try to win".

Esteban Lanz:
"Today was not a good day for me. The track was very rough and it prevented me from making good lap times. I made several mistakes and had several falls. I tried to recover but at the end finished 14th. I’ll be looking for a ‘top 10’ finish in Romania and Greece, and for this I will have to train hard".

Results

Portuguese GP. Day1

E2

1.

Alex Salvini

1:07'02.79

2.

Iván Cervantes

at 6.78

3.

Johnny Aubert

at 47.21

15.

Jean-François Goblet (Gas Gas)

at 5'53.73

Junior

1.

Mathew Philips

1:08'35.23

2.

Luis Oliveira

at 33.36

3.

Mario Román

at 34.04

10.

Danny McCanney (Gas Gas)

at 2'10.01

13.

Diego Rojas (Gas Gas)

at 3'01.60

Youth Cup 125

1.

Jamie McCanney

1:10'12.82

2.

Albin Elowson

at 1'18.44

3.

Oliver Nelson

at 1'51.17

13.

Esteban Lanz (Gas Gas)

at 4'26.60

16.

Thomer Shapira (Gas Gas)

at 6'50.13


Portuguese GP. Day2

E2

1.

Alex Salvini

1:05'16.86

2.

Iván Cervantes

at 37.92

3.

Johnny Aubert

at 54.40

15.

Jean-François Goblet (Gas Gas)

at 4'43.37

Junior

1.

Mathew Philips

1:07'02.79

2.

Giacomo Redondi

at 15.72

3.

Loïc Larrieu

at 21.43

10.

Danny McCanney (Gas Gas)

at 57.13

13.

Diego Rojas (Gas Gas)

at 3'22.70

Youth Cup 125

1.

Jamie McCanney

1:09'49.85

2.

Albin Elowson

at 30.85

3.

David Ciucci

at 1'04.28

14.

Esteban Lanz (Gas Gas)

at 3'31.85

17.

Thomer Shapira (Gas Gas)

at 7'47.06


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