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Adam Raga wins the first day of the French GP and reinforces his run for the title

31/08/2013
Adam Raga's victory in the first day of the final Grand Prix round of the Trial World Championship season maintains his options of capturing the world crown. Jorge Casales, with his second place, is closer to the Junior title.
The penultimate race of the Trial World Championship in the French town of Isola 2000 has been a victory for Gas Gas rider Adam Raga. Raga has been taxed by a very complicated trial, not only to compete at an altitude of over 2,000 meters above sea level, but because the zones have been technically complicated, and although the scores do not reveal an apparently demanded high level of performance, especially a group of zones in the forest where there was not much grip and riders had to be very precise in the placement of the bike. So, Raga has begun to make a difference from the first lap, increasing the lead after the second round of 12 zones. In the third round he maintained the margin over his rivals and finished the race three points ahead of Jeroni Fajardo. Toni Bou finished in third position, so that the first objective has been met by Adam Raga, to halve the ten point advantage that Bou had before this first race.

Loris Gubian, another Gas Gas rider, shown in France, ranking eighth, ahead of Italian Matteo Grattarola. Michael Brown is still haunted by the left knee problem and Pere Borrellas closed the classification of the World Pro class on the first day of the French Trial GP.

Casales, very close to the Junior title
Jorge Casales finished second in the Junior category, but kept his hopes of achieving his first world title on Sunday. The Galician Gas Gas rider from the School of Champions has always been very effective, but has made a couple of mistakes that have turned him away from victory. Casales, however, has a cushion with the 12-point lead going into the final race of the World Junior Trial.

In this category, Francesc Moret finished in sixth place in a trial which he was not completely at ease. However, he is maintaining his provisional third place in the championship.

Adam Raga

I am very happy that I did what I had to do: win, although it has not been easy. It was a difficult race and toward the end it has become very hard, but I managed to maintain a good level. The positive is that we have moved closer to the leader, and though tomorrow will not be easy, the good news is that we keep our options until the end". 



Jorge Casales

Today was a very tight trial between the top two. I've made a couple of silly mistakes that took me away from the victory of the race, but I managed to finish second, so I'm in a top condition for the championship. I hope not to fail tomorrow, although this trial is very complicated for everyone up here".

RESULTS

World Pro
1. Adam Raga (Gas Gas), 12 points
2. Jeroni Fajardo, 15 points
3. Toni Bou, 27 points
4. James Dabill, 40 points
5. Albert Cabestany, 48 points
8. Loris Gubian (Gas Gas), 73 points
9. Matteo Grattarola (Gas Gas), 89 points
11. Michael Brown (Gas Gas), 108 points
13. Pere Borrellas (Gas Gas), 135 points


Junior
1. Pol Tarrés, 21 points
2. Jorge Casales (Gas Gas), 24 points
3. Maxime Warenghien, 35 points
4. Cédric Tempier, 52 points
5. Jonathan Richardson, 63 points
6. Francesc Moret (Gas Gas), 66 points
9. Franz Kadlec (Gas Gas), 77 points
11. Steven Coquelin (Gas Gas), 89 points
16. Kyle Middleton (Gas Gas), 97 points


STANDINGS

World Pro
1. Toni Bou, 218 points
2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas), 213 points
3. Takahisa Fujinami, 159 points
4. Jeroni Fajardo, 158 points
5. Albert Cabestany, 153 points
7. Matteo Grattarola (Gas Gas), 82 points
8. Loris Gubian (Gas Gas), 77 points
11. Michael Brown (Gas Gas), 54 points
14. Pere Borrellas (Gas Gas), 26 points


Junior
1. Jorge Casales (Gas Gas), 187 points
2. Pol Tarrés, 175 points
3. Francesc Moret (Gas Gas), 148 points
4. Jack Sheppard, 145 points
5. Cédric Tempier, 132 points
13. Steven Coquelin (Gas Gas), 32 points
14. Kyle Middleton (Gas Gas), 30 points


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