The Gas Gas rider closes the season with a second place in the final round of the championship held in Arnedo. Despite his wrist injury, Raga fought till the last moment for a World Championship in which he eventually finished second overall. Jorge Casales concludes his first year in World Pro withan excellent seventh place. While young Arnau Farré finished seventh in the World Cup, where the young prodigy of the Gas Gas School of Champions continues to accumulate experience among the best riders.
Another podium to close the year. Adam Raga finished in second place in the final round of the world championship finals in Arnedo (La Rioja) and conquered the position of World Trials runner-up. The Gas Gas rider arrived at the GP of Spain physically diminished after breaking the scaphoid bone in his hand two weeks ago during a practice session. This injury and the inconvenience resulting from it have prevented theUlldecona rider from being fully fit in this decisive round of the championship. However, Raga fought till the last moment for a World Championship in which all options remained until the last day. Finally, the Ulldecona rider has finished second in the pinnacle of the Trial sport, World Pro, only 15 points behind the winner, and with a great lead of 47 points over third place.
On the final day of competition at Arnedo, and without the same pressure as the day before, the Gas Gas rider has completed an outstanding performance that earned him second place and in the end, the runner-up position in the championship. A result that the rider from Ulldecona highly values after a very competitiveseason in which he had four wins and had kept his options open to clinch the title until the very last race.
Meanwhile, Jorge Casales concludes the year with a seventh position. The young rider from Vigo having fallen and received a sharp blow in the ribs that altered his performance on Sunday. Despite the pain, theGas Gas rider made every effort to complete the race and score some points that ultimately places him in aremarkable seventh position in the final global ranking of World Pro. And even more, considering that this was the first year in the top category for the young Galician.
Finally, Arnau Farré achieved a seventh place on the final day. Hampered by fatigue from the previous day, the young Gas Gas rider from the School of Champions ended with a seventh after being fourth on Saturday.Whatever the outcome, the ilerdense rider, who debuted this year at the GP of Belgium, is adapting to theWorld Championship. An experience that has already begun to bear fruit, as Farré achieved victory in theWorld Cup in the last GP of France.
Adam Raga: “Today went well, the race was even more complicated and taking into account the points disadvantage in the classification. Two weeks ago I injured my wrist, broke my scaphoid. Andthanks to the treatment of Dr. Xavier Mir and my brother, we have been able to run this last race, although it's a pity I was not in 100% condition. However, despite this, I am really glad I fought to the end in this World Championship, but ultimately it has not been achieved. This has been a very good season for us, in which we were highly competitive and we've been fighting for victory in all the races. It is clear that we all like to win but we are aware that sometimes that is not always achieved. I think we've done a great job throughout the year, the bike ran to perfection and we must thank the whole team for their hard work. Now we keep working and improving to stay ahead. The runner-up is no defeat but is the result of great work throughout the whole team throughout an entire season and I think we should be very pleased with what we have achieved because we have always been striving to be ahead and win."
Jorge Casales: “I'm happy with the result this weekend. The truth is that it has been a very difficult trial and at the end, today, may have made some small mistakes that should not have been made, but I'm satisfied.We were fighting for sixth place in the championship, and after yesterday's performance, I thought we could get, but I've had a fall and I have suffered a blow in the ribs. It hurt a lot. So, being in that way, I've done everything I could to finish the race today and score. This has been my first season in World Pro and I am very happy with how everything went, I think we've worked very hard with the team to get this seventh potion.It has been a very positive year in which I learned a lot, and I think we've done a splendid job.”
Arnau Farré: “The first day I was pretty good, I finished fourth. It was very hot and the sections were complicated with a lot of loose stones. It was a demanding race and I made two mistakes section eleven and that was a shame, because if not for them, I think we could have been on the podium. The next day things did not go so well, maybe I was a little tired from yesterday. In the third section I collected a five and finished the first lap with 19 points, although in the following laps I improved my score. These five major races have beena great experience for me. It's a pleasure to have this opportunity to be in the World Championship. To compete with the best riders in the world is a luxury. Moreover, in these races I could better understand theopponents I will face next year. I'm happy with this opportunity to complete in the World Championship and I have to thank my team for this and for their work. I am very grateful to Gas Gas for making all of this possiblefor me."
Arnedo – Second day
1. Toni Bou, 19
2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas), 34
3. Jeroni Fajardo, 44
7. Jorge Casales (Gas Gas), 73
1. Toni Bou, 225 puntos
2. Adam Raga (Gas Gas), 210
3. Albert Cabestany, 163
7. Jorge Casales (Gas Gas), 107
Arnedo – Second day
1. Jaime Busto, 13
2. Gelabert, 21
3. Carles de Caudemberg, 22
7. Arnau Farré (Gas Gas), 32
1. Jaime Bustos, 202
2. Franz Kadlec, 184
3. Carles de Caudemberg, 148
11. Arnau Farré (Gas Gas), 56