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The Gas Gas riders overcome terrible conditions with rain and mud in the Greek GP

23/05/2016
The Gas Gas riders are keeping up the good work with their results in Grevená, in a Greek GP, which once again has been fraught with rain and mud and really complicated enduro racing conditions. Diogo Ventura steps back onto the podium on the first day and reinforces his second position in the Enduro Junior classification with a fourth place on the following day at just two seconds from a podium position. Jonathan Barragán gets back on track in the world championship with seventh and third places E3.

Very satisfactory results for the Gas Gas Factory Pons Team in Grevená, once again at an event overtaken by the rain. After having competed in the two previous events in really complicated conditions because of the incessant rain and mud, the first weather forecast for the Greek GP was in principle a great deal more encouraging than for the Portuguese GP or the last national event held at Lalín. But the weather is unpredictable at the best of times, and even more so in spring. The third round of the world championship was once again held on ground tortured by the rain and with prodigious quantities of mud, especially on Saturday.

This is a scene with unfavourable conditions for most but where Diogo Ventura always shines out as he already demonstrated in Portugal and now, one month later, in Greece. Once again he stepped onto the podium in the Junior Enduro category on Saturday after some real tough conditions both for riders and mechanics, always on the limit.

The next day with the course for the specials slightly dryer after the sun came out, a small mistake in the cross test forced the Portuguese rider into having to fight back. A fight which eventually got the rider from Góis and his Gas Gas EC 250 Racing bike up to fourth position, just two seconds from getting a podium position again. Thanks to his fourth podium and this fourth position notched up in the Greek GP, Diogo Ventura has reinforced his second place in the general classification with 36 points from the leader in Enduro Junior.

The Greek GP has also given credit to the rise and rise of Jonathan Barragán’s results after a tricky beginning to the season for this rider from Madrid after his two previous events in Morocco and Portugal. Barragán has been showing much greater promise in one of the most hotly disputed categories of the World Championship.

On Saturday he finished seventh in a day of extreme racing and on Sunday, with conditions more favourable to his riding style with the appearance of ruts, Barragán took advantage of both his qualities and those of his Gas Gas EC 300 Racing bike to get a well earned fifth place in E3. The Gas Gas rider finished off the third event of the world championship and is now back on track and looking forward to Finland and Sweden, now occupying ninth position in his category, E3.

After the third event in the world championship, in the land of Greek mythology, the Gas Gas Factory Pons Team sets off on a large journey to the North of Europe, more specifically to Heinola, where the Finnish GP is to be held on 11th and 12th June and just one week later in Sweden in Enköping.

Diogo Ventura: “This has been a great weekend for us, both because of the results and for the team as we are still second in the World Championship. Saturday was really tough; we had to race in the rain again. And the truth is, after the Portuguese GP, I thought that had been one of the toughest I had ever done and that we wouldn’t have another one like that this year. But Greece was the same or even more complicated than that! Despite the conditions we didn’t make too many mistakes. On Saturday I got a third place on the podium and on Sunday I just missed it by two seconds. But we fought on until the last lap and we didn’t make it by a tiny amount so we should be pleased. We had good rhythm in the Junior Category where all the riders are making a great effort. Our aim is to stay up there, keeping that second place and to keep on fighting for podium positions in all races. We have done great work as a team. That was a race where we had to work together to find out the best lines to take in the specials, and this weekend the Gas Gas Factory Pons Team has done a great job all together.

Jonathan Barragán: “This has been a very positive weekend. We got some good times. Although it was a really tough race because of the rain and mud, which are conditions that suit me just fine, in the end I can say I’m pleased. I’m getting into the rhythm and I feel really good, with more self-confidence. Now there are two difficult races coming up, Sweden and Finland, but the truth is I am much more confident now than at the beginning of the season”.

E3 – FIRST DAY

E3 – SECOND DAY

1. S. Holcombe

1:01:59.05

1. J. Aubert

57:12.08

2. J. Aubert

+1.73

2. M. Monni

+42.11

3. A. Basset

+1:36.39

3. A. Basset

+57.72

7. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+2:53.28

5. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+2:10.23

EJ - FIRST DAY

EJ - SECOND DAY

1. G. Redondi

1:04:09:27

1. G. Redondi

58:35.17

2. D. Soreca

+39.74

2. J. García

+50.97

3. D. Ventura (Gas Gas)

+1:22.27

3. D. Soreca

+1:18.02

 

 

4. D. Ventura (Gas Gas)

+1:20.45

E3 – CLASSIFICATION

 

 

1. S. Holcombe

110 points

 

 

2. A. Basset

94 points

 

 

3. J. Aubert

94 points

 

 

9. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

45 points

 

 

EJ – CLASSIFICATION

 

 

1. G. Redondi

120 points

 

 

2. D. Ventura (Gas Gas)

84 points

 

 

3. J. García

76 points

 


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