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Adam Raga keeps his title hopes alive after finishing second in Belgium

The Gas Gas rider finished in second place in Belgium and holds the second position in the world championship, only four points behind the leader, after a difficult trial with complicated conditions of rain and mud. Jorge Casales finished ninth and Arnau Farré debuts with an eleventh position in the Junior World Championship.
Adam Raga maintains his title hopes after finishing second in the Belgian Trial Grand Prix. Comblain-au-Pont hosted a complicated test with slippery course conditions. However, neither the intermittent rain or mud prevented a solid performance of the Team Gas Gas riders. Raga was second and his teammate, Jorge Casales, ninth. While young Arnau Farré debuted in the Junior category of the World championship with an eleventh place finish.

Rain and mud marked the harsh conditions of the Belgian Grand Prix, the eighth scoring round of the Worldtrial championship. Adam Raga keeping his World Championship options open after finishing second at Comblain-au-Pont. The Gas Gas rider was at all times fighting for the win, although with two failures in section six, Raga was eventually relegated to second place after a very competitive day for those riders in the top positions. Despite not having seen a victory, the rider from Ulldecona has scored a good second place that allows him to be close to the leader. With three races remaining before the end of the championship, Raga is in second place overall, four points behind the leader.

Meanwhile, Jorge Casales ended a difficult weekend with a ninth place. The Galician rider struggled to adapt to the changing course conditions because of the rain and mud. Casales now sets his sights on the next trial to be held in Great Britain.

And finally, a good performance for Arnau Farré in junior. The rider from ilerdense debuted in the world championship and did so with a hopeful eleventh. Farré overcame initial nervousness and conquered some sections that alternated with a landscape of rocks, hills and grass, a very slippery slope because of the mud and the rainfall.

With little time to rest, the Gas Gas team will travel this weekend to Great Britain. Penrith will host the second "tour" of these three consecutive tests, Belgium, Britain and France - the world championship during the month of July. This being the final stretch of the global trial championship.

Adam Raga: "It was a race under difficult conditions. It had rained a lot and the mud quite complicated the sections. For me in particular, the sixth was choking me a little. I've done two fives in it and if not for this, I would have had a chance of winning. Despite this I think this is a good result for the championship for a second, not letting-up from the fight after a day that has been very difficult for everyone. There are still three races, next weekend we will be in Great Britain and then in France, in a place where we have not yet made any World Cup race. Now is a time of year, as always, it's difficult to predict whether it will rain or not in Great Britain. Last year at this same Grand Prix race I was sick, so for this year I hope to be fully able and fight for victory."

Jorge Casales: "I've had a difficult race, with complicated sections and at a very high level. On the first lap I made a couple of errors that have set me back and then when it started to rain, the race has undergone a sea of change. I've had a bit of bad luck in this race and this level is below my capabilities. I'm not too happy with the result, but we must keep fighting and to be here, we must keep learning. After my success in Japan, Italy and in Corsica, I always want more and this ninth I know is low."

Arnau Farré:The sections were very wet and very difficult. The one I have perhaps been worse is the first, in which I scored five in each round, but the rest have been good. It was a shame because I think, if not for this, we could have finished higher. This was my first race in the world championship and I was very nervous at first, but later, as the test has progressed, I had a good feeling on the bike. I hope to continue to learn and improve in the next test."

GP of Belgium

1. Toni Bou, 59

2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas), 65

3. Albert Cabestany, 66

9. Jorge Casales (Gas Gas), 105


Provisional classification

1. Toni Bou, 128 puntos

2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas), 124 p.

3. Albert Cabestany, 96

7. Jorge Casales (Gas Gas), 61 p.


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