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25/07/2017

Barragán and his Gas Gas EC250 overcome the demands of the complicated GP of Portugal in Castelo Branco

The Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team rider stays in the “Top Ten” of the World Championship after a complicated and demanding Gp of Portugal made even tougher due to the heat and dust. This was yet another trial by fire for the new Gas Gas EC 250, which overcame the obstacles at the Portuguese GP, adding an eleventh and tenth position over the weekend. These two results mean that the rider from Madrid managed to enter the point giving zone and so achieve a tenth position in the Enduro2 classification of the World Championship.

Jonathan Barragán and the new Gas Gas EC 250 successfully conquered one of the most difficult and demanding events of the season. As was only to be expected at this time of the summer, the World Championship enduro riders found themselves riding on extremely dry, dusty terrain in Castelo Branco. The conditions of such poor visibility for the riders forced the organisers take cautionary measures. The riders had to lengthen the gap between starts by over a minute to try and avoid what was almost inevitable, riding through the dust left behind by riders entering the specials beforehand.

This dusty, rock-strewn terrain gave more than one rider a bit of a scare in the long specials because of the problems of visibility. On the technical side, the machinery was pushed to its limit. And under these circumstances it was hardly surprising that caution was the keyword for most riders, especially on the first lap on Saturday. These precautions were reflected in Jonathan Barragán’s time results table at the end of the first day with an eleventh position in his category.

The next day, under conditions that had deteriorated even more, the Gas Gas rider did not get into the rhythm needed to get the good results he usually gets on the second day of an event. A second day that was full of traps hidden under the dust in the specials where the rider from Madrid only managed to improve his position in the table by one place. This result, although not fulfilling his expectations, means that the Gas Gas rider gets 10 points putting him in tenth place in Enduro2; and once again demonstrates the resistance and handling of the new Gas Gas EC 250 in one of the toughest and most complicated races in the World Championship.

After the GP of Portugal, the Enduro World Championship is having a rest period for two months before the next event, the EnduroGP of Great Britain. This race is going to have a change in format from the traditional event to a cross country race and is to be held on the international motocross track at Hawkstone Park on 23rd and 24th September. Meanwhile, from 28th August to 2nd September, the riders selected have a date which cannot be missed at the International Six Days of Enduro held this year at the French town of Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Jonathan Barragán: “On Saturday it was difficult to get the feeling for the first stages of the race. We were in a rather low position but we were able to make time up, especially in the last lap, and finally we finished in the eleventh position of the classification. On Sunday, the bike worked like a dream. It was rather difficult adapting to the timed sections, with a lot of fesh-fesh. We were riding at intermediate times for our category but I had a few small falls, although these weren’t of great importance to the final result. We are leaving Portugal with eleventh and tenth places. The truth of the matter is that I expected better, especially in the second day. However, what is very positive is that we have finished all the races in the World Championship on our new bike and that here in Portugal we have managed to add some important points for the classification in the World Championship. We have to think positively. There are two months before the next race and I still don’t know anything about the Six Days, nor about who’s going. So, if the RFME don’t call the team for the French ISDE, we will have two months to train and prepare with in time for the EnduroGP of Great Britain.”

 

GP of Portugal – Castelo Branco

Enduro2 – First day

 

Enduro2 – Second day

 

1. J. McCanney

1:12.43.29

1. J. McCanney

1:13:40.93

2. J. García

+23.63

2. J. García

+11.77

3. M. Monni

+53.99

3. E. Remes

+57.57

11. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+3:56.49

10. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+3:17.50

       

Enduro2 – Classification

     

1. J. García

245 pts

   

2. J. McCanney

236 pts

   

3. E. Remes

217 pts

   

10. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

126 pts

   

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