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Barragán and Ventura have two podium finishes for Team Gas Gas

11/05/2015
Diogo Ventura on Saturday in Junior, and Jonathan Barragán on Sunday in E3, harvested two podiums in the return of the World Championship to European soil. The Team Gas Gas riders concluded the Spanish Grand Prix with good feelings and positive results in only the second round of the World Championship, marked by the difficulty of the specials, as well as high temperatures and dust.
The riders for Team Gas Gas were back on the podium of the World Championship. After achieving a third place in Chile in the opening round of the Enduro World Championship, Diogo Ventura fought for victory on the first day of the Spanish GP. The Portuguese rider ended Saturday in second place. While on Sunday, Jonathan Barragán picked up the baton from his teammate and Gas Gas also rose for the second time this season to the third step of the podium of E3, after a day in which he had seen victory within reach.

The rider from Madrid is proving to be one of the great revelations of the highest category of enduro. On Saturday, an early crash in the enduro test prevented him from regaining time against his opponents and he eventually finished sixth. However, Barragán took his revenge on Sunday. A day in which an error in the final stretch prevented a win in the most competitive class of the World Championship, as only four seconds separated the top four ranked riders at the end of the day. The Gas Gas rider now ranks sixth overall in E3.

A difficult weekend for Antoine Basset in Andalusia. Affected by a hard crash during the first day, the French Gas Gas rider persevered to finish the race, eventually finishing eleventh on Saturday and twelfth on Sunday. Results that do not satisfy the Frenchman, who expects to be fully recovered from the blow he suffered in his left shoulder and to fight for the win in the next round to be held in Portugal, and to be in a finishing position that he deserves.

While in the Junior category, Diogo Ventura lived both sides of the same coin. The first, the cheerful side onSaturday with a second place after a day in which he was at all times fighting for victory. The second, the bitter side on Sunday, in which the gasoline hose became disconnected in the final stage in the enduro test, and he saw a well deserved podium position slipping after his titanic efforts throughout the weekend. The young Portuguese rider is now ranked fourth in his category, and now sets his sights on the Portuguese Grand Prix next week, the home Grand Prix for him.

Jonathan Manzi, meanwhile, was riding his first event of the World Cup this year and did a double ninth, suffering from the problems with the congestion caused by some of the riders who preceded him on both Saturday and Sunday, the Italian rider could not fight to be higher in the final classifications.

And finally, it was a weekend of learning and new experiences for the riders of the Gas Gas Racing Pons Team, a team combined with the help of Salt brand in the Enduro World Championship. Tommy Sjöstrom could not finish the day on Saturday because of a fall, while on Sunday he finished fourteenth in the junior category, and a weekend of exuberance for Sergi Casany. The young rider from Vic whose debut in theWorld Championship in the category Youth was rewarded by two ninth positions after experiencing firsthand the challenges that will be valid experiences in the future for the promising young Gas Gas rider who hopes to keep improving.

With little time to rest, the Championship travels directly to Gouveia, where this weekend, May 16th and 17th, will be held, the Portuguese Grand Prix, the third scoring round of the World Enduro Championship.

Jonathan Barragán: "The first day, on the first special, I made some mistakes and I fell on the stretch. I tried to gain ground, but the differences between the top riders, as seen on Sunday, were very few. At the end I was sixth. On Sunday I finished third. I am very happy because I was very close to victory. I have placed first, I have been seventh ... This category is crazy. I've won more than half of the specials in my category but I have fallen in the stretch and I lost about twenty seconds. Enduro races are like that, if you make a small mistake you fall in the standings. This category is very tight. My goal is to be among the top five, but as is becoming that in the second day I always have better results. I am very happy with the team, I'm being given much clothing, which last year I needed. I am very motivated in this team."

Diogo Ventura: “The truth is that on Saturday I was very good. I was only seconds from the lead, I won the Supertest on Friday. I started very strong from the beginning and I was the leader of my class. I was struggling with Jamie McCanney throughout the day and in the end I finished second because of two falls. But I really felt very strong. And a day later, my category was more competitive. I was fighting to be in the top three throughout the day, but in the final stage a branch or stone has disconnected the gasoline hose. It's a shame because after struggling all day, on a very hot day, we lost some valuable points for the championship. It's hard, but we will give everything in Portugal to be in front."

Antoine Basset: “My first day started well, although shortly after I suffered a pretty hard fall and hurt my shoulder. I tried to finish as best I could. I finally finished in eleventh place. When I finished the race I put ice on my shoulder. Also some anti-inflammatory cream. Sunday I did not hurt so much and started well, chasing my rivals, fighting for seventh and eighth position. But I had not good feelings in the dust and ruts in the cross test and I finished twelfth. The cross test was very difficult for me, is not the type of terrain to which I am accustomed. There has not been a good weekend, but we'll Portugal willing to improve."

Jonathan Manzi: “On Saturday I started very well, fighting for sixth place until the last stage of the endurotest I ran into the rider who was in front of me stranded in a dusty trials-like area, and I had to wait for him to clear the area because there was no alternative and I ended up ninth. And on Sunday, I've fought well but I lost some positions due to a fall in the enduro test. I am satisfied with the result in some specials, but the race result is not too positive. I think I must fight to be higher."

Classifications of the Spanish Enduro GP


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