GAS GAS Motos - English http://www.gasgasmotos.es News and Current en analogicemotion.com rss-generator v1.0 <![CDATA[Torrot's GasGas Rally Team successfully completes its sensational return to the Dakar]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/810-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/810-.html Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 810 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/810-.html

The Dakar Rally has closed its 40th edition with a figure-of-eight stage of 286 kilometres, with both start and finish in Cordoba. The final hurdle before Torrot’s GasGas Rally Team concluded its brilliant return to this competition, taking its three riders to the longed finish line in Córdoba, Argentina.

Johnny Aubert rounded off his magnificent performance over two weeks of competition with a fifth position in the last special, his best result in the rally. A timed section of 120 kilometres where this morning the bikes started in reverse order to yesterday's general classification. The French rider made his return to the Dakar this way, six years after his first participation, achieving a remarkable sixth position. Jonathan Barragán, twenty-third today, completed his first Dakar in a well-merited fifteenth position and as the second best 'rookie' of the competition. Finally, his teammate in the GasGas Rally Team, Cristian España, twenty-sixth on the last day, culminates his spectacular comeback this final week by finishing in the thirtieth position in the final classification.

The 40th Dakar Rally has come to an end in Córdoba, with the triumphant return of Torrot’s GasGas Rally Team to the competition after two years without participating. To achieve this success for GasGas, Aubert, Barragán and España, in two weeks, have ridden more than 8,000km -4,000 of them in specials-, through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, in one of the toughest editions known in its four decades of history.

GIOVANNI SALA:
"I have no words to describe our satisfaction with this result. We are very happy with all our riders, for the incredible enthusiasm they have put into the race, also with the mechanics and with the whole team. I think we have raced an extraordinary Dakar. We are all very happy and excited to have seen our three bikes reaching Córdoba, at the end of this race, without problems and without any injuries to our riders. So I can only say that it was an impressive Dakar and that we are all very happy."

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"I am very happy to have reached the end of the Dakar, here in Córdoba. It was quite hard, especially the second week, but we did it and the three of us riders did it. I think Johnny [Aubert], Cristian [España] and I have done a great job over these days. I want to thank GasGas and Torrot for giving the opportunity to all three of us and for allowing me to make my dream come true. After linking the Enduro World Championship with the Dakar, I would like to rest first, and then focus on the rallies, because I really liked this experience."

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"We finished the 2018 Dakar, and finished in sixth position. I am very happy. Just a year ago I had my shoulder operated on and I had to do 8 months of recuperation, so this result is the reward for having maintained my faith at all times. I want to thank the whole of the GasGas Rally Team for all the work we did before and during the race. Thanks also to GasGas and Torrot for trusting me and to Jordi Arilla for doing everything possible so that I could be myself in the rally. Now I'm looking forward to getting home and seeing my family and friends."

CRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"I am very happy because GasGas and Torrot have put its trust in me. We have all worked very hard from the first day to the last and it is that which brought us through to the finish. We have fulfilled the objective that we had set ourselves, which was to get our three bikes to Córdoba and finish the Dakar. Sharing a team with two riders like Johnny [Aubert] and Jonathan [Barragán] has been an incredible experience. They are World Champions and also wonderful people. We always helped each other and we have become a very united team. I am very happy to be here and for being able to do my bit. I would like to continue with this great team where I have been received with open arms and they have always offered me the best. I am very grateful and I hope to continue helping them in the future."

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<![CDATA[Jaime Busto and Jeroni Fajardo finish in sixth and eighth places at the X-Trial in Toulouse]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/809-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/809-.html Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 809 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/809-.html

Just six days after their last encounter, the stars of the X-Trial returned to their appointment in France, this time in the Zénith pavilion in Toulouse, to pit their forces in the third event of the World Indoor Championship. Jaime Busto managed to get his own back for the bad experience that left him in ninth place in Montpellier. The GasGas rider passed the first round with ease, in fifth place, which was a boost for the young Basque rider, who was unable to enter the final and finished sixth.

Jeroni Fajardo had less luck this time, and after the initial draw, the weight of opening the section fell to him. The rider from Girona finished eighth without being able to qualify for the second round of the Toulouse X-Trial, an event in which GasGas was the brand with the greatest presence, with three of their bikes, with the participation of the British rider Jack Price from GasGas UK.

The X-Trial World Championship changes venue next week, although not the country, since the Zénith in Strasbourg, again in France, is to host the fourth event of the Championship next Friday the 26th of January.

JAIME BUSTO:
"After not being able to qualify in Montpellier [the previous event] here in Toulouse I was still a little nervous. In the first round, although I made some small mistakes, the score was enough to move on to the next one. The truth is that I lacked a little more confidence. I'm not happy with this result, but everything has gone much better than the last day. I think I can be at a higher level and fight again for the podium as in Vendée, I just need to recover a little confidence. Now we are going to train hard to do better next Friday, in Strasbourg."

JERONI FAJARDO:
"The truth is that I started the test a little nervous, unhappy having to open the sections. I did not take the situation well and I did not get the trial riding that I wanted. Where I dropped more points was in the easiest areas and after analyzing the race, I know that with very little more I could have made it into the next round. But I started very badly, scoring a five in the first section after losing balance and going out. Then it took me a lot to get my focus back, I made some more mistakes and it didn't go as well as I had hoped. Next week I hope it will go better in the next event, which will also be in France."

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<![CDATA[Aubert is sixth overall in the penultimate stage of the Dakar]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/808-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/808-.html Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 808 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/808-.html

The GasGas Rally Team has taken a giant step forward today towards finishing the 2018 Dakar with all its members, the main objective that the team had aimed for on its return to the toughest off-road competition on the planet after two years of absence. Torrot's rally competition team is about to get the best result of its history in this rally.

Johnny Aubert was sixth in the longest stage of the Dakar, 907 kilometres in total with 369 kilometres of special stages divided into two sections. A demonstration of strength from the French rider, who has had his best result in this edition and is now positioned sixth in the general classification. Jonathan Barragan had a brilliant performance today and finished the stage in ninth place, his best result of any stage in the Dakar. The Spanish rider is ranked fifteenth as the second best 'rookie' of the 40th edition of the rally. His teammate, the Andorran rider Cristian España, finished twentieth and climbs to the 30th position of the motorcycle category.

Tomorrow the fourteenth and final stage of the rally will be raced. A loop of 286 kilometers, 120 of these corresponding to its last special, before the riders cross the finish line situated next to the final podium in Córdoba. This is the hard won prize that is more than deserved for the efforts of the survivors of the toughest edition of the Dakar Rally ever disputed in South America.

GIOVANNI SALA:
"One more day! Everything went very well and we are very happy. We know that this is not over yet, because tomorrow we have a special of 166 kilometers, so we have to stay focused. It is clear that reaching the penultimate day in this position is something very good for everyone. The riders have not had any problems and it has been a very positive stage for the team. Tomorrow is the last day of Dakar and I hope it is also a positive day for the GasGas Rally Team." 

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"It has been a very long day, with more than 900km and two specials, but we are already in Córdoba. The first special I already knew from last year, but it was quite tough. I lost a bit of time because of an error, but I managed to get back into rhythm and keep on going to the end. The second part was typical for here, from La Rioja. A very fast track, with many dangers that required a lot of attention. We have made it here, which is the important thing. Tomorrow is the last stage and there are the three team members here!"

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"We are already in Córdoba after a long day with many kilometers of special and liaison. I am very happy. Tomorrow will be the last day with a fairly short stage and I am very happy that the whole team is here. We have done a good job. It has been tough and difficult, but we are very happy to be here."

CRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"Today was a very, very long day with two specials. The first on very soft, very bumpy sand. I rode a good first special and finished fifth. The second was much faster with few difficult parts, but with some very slippery bends. In the end it was a good day, I finished in sixth position and I climbed a place in the general standings. "We'll see what happens in the last stage tomorrow!"

 

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<![CDATA[Aubert puts on a brilliant performance and takes seventh place in the general classification after the Super Fiambalá stage]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/807-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/807-.html Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 807 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/807-.html

Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders have successfully overcome one of the stages most feared by the participants of the Dakar Rally: the Super Fiambalá. An eleventh stage of 485 kilometres, 280 of them timed, which forms the first part of the marathon stage between Belén and San Juan, the second of the rally for motorcycles. As has been usual in other editions, the day had an unconventional start, in which the 10 best-timed motorcycles, cars and trucks of yesterday in the dunes of Fiambalá alternated their starting order.

Johnny Aubert, who finished tenth yesterday, made the most of his advanced starting position and achieved his best stage result in this Dakar Rally. The French rider finished seventh in a day of navigation on sand in extremely high temperatures and has climbed to seventh place in the general standings with just four days to go before Córdoba. His teammates Jonathan Barragan and Cristian España finished today in 21st and 22nd positions respectively. The Spanish rider is in sixteenth position of the general classification, as the second best newcomer; while the Andorran rider climbs to the thirty-third place in the general classification and has already recovered 24 positions since he fell to position 56 after being sanctioned for not marking waypoints in the first two days. 

The racers in the bike and quad categories will not have the help of their mechanics tonight and won't be meeting again until tomorrow in San Juan at the end of the twelfth stage.

GIOVANNI SALA:
"We finished this first day of the marathon stage well, without our riders suffering major problems. The mechanics have worked very hard and very well so that the bikes can face these difficult days regarding navigation, which is even more complicated with the sand - very soft - and also by this marathon stage.

So we can only have words of praise for our riders. Johnny [Aubert] has done really well today, as did Jonathan Barragán. Cristian had a small fall and broke the navigation switch-gear. They rode the stage really well again. Tomorrow we expect another complicated day but we are well placed in the race and I am very happy with the work of the whole team."

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"It has been a difficult stage and my riding was regular. I suffered a fall at kilometre 10 and I was suffering with pain throughout the day. I tried to keep up the pace and concentrate on not making mistakes, but 10 kilometres from the finish line I fell again. Tomorrow the second part of the marathon stage awaits us and it will also be very complicated, but we will give everything we've got from here to the end".

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"It was a very hard stage, with very soft sand. When I was 50 kilometres away, I had a problem with the roadbook and I followed another driver until the end. We managed to achieve a good speed together and, finally, it was a good stage. I am very happy with my riding and with my fellow teammates. The GasGas Rally Team has done a fantastic job so far and I am very happy to be in the team. I hope to continue like this until the end and tomorrow we will see what happens."

CRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"Yesterday we were exhausted by the time we finished, but today we left with enthusiasm because we are already beginning to have the end of the race in sight. We cannot drop our guard and we have to keep working. Today's stage was very tough with a very complicated first part. It was soft sand, with many car and truck ruts and the ground was destroyed. At kilometre 240 I had a problem with the roadbook and I followed a rider. We are happy, the bike is just fine and we are too. Tomorrow we will be back recovering positions."

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<![CDATA[Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders make it through a tough navigational test]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/806-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/806-.html Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 806 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/806-.html

After the cancellation of the stage of the previous day, Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders have managed to navigate a demanding tenth special of 373 kilometers, with a beginning in sand and a labyrinthine end between river passes made even worse by high temperatures.

Johnny Aubert and Jonathan Barragán have successfully overcome one of the most difficult stages in terms of navigation. The French and Spanish riders have finished in the twelfth and eighteenth positions, respectively, once the penalty of 15 minutes has been applied for changing the engine - a measure to avoid breakdowns and ensure a fresh engine in this final stage of the rally. The French rider is still in tenth overall while Spanish rider is sixteenth. His teammate, Cristian España, finished in fortieth and ranks thirty-eighth overall.

Tomorrow morning, the riders will compete the Super Fiambalá special. At this twelveth stage the start will mix the ten best classified motorcycles, cars and trucks according to today's times.

GOVANNI SALA:
"Today has been a very complicated stage because of the route and navigation. The terrain was very complicated, the sand of the rivers was very soft due to the rain and also, they were very wide, hundreds of meters, so sometimes it was very difficult to find the CAP. There have been many riders that have got lost, fortunately ours rode a very good stage and that has allowed Johnny [Aubert] and Jonathan [Barragán] to finish very well and gain positions, at the same time taking care of the bike and the mechanics. Cristian [España] had to return almost 15 kilometers to mark a way point and that made him lose a lot of time.

Yesterday, together with the mechanical team, we decided to change the engines despite the penalty involved. There are still many kilometers to ride in soft sand and heat, a bad combination for the engines, so we decided to change them to avoid risks and to make sure.

Tomorrow another marathon stage begins and it will be very complicated because of sand and navigation. And the position where it ends will be very important, since the Super Fiambalá special takes place the next day, with motorcycles, cars and trucks leaving together, so being ahead will be important to avoid the dust of the other participants."

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"We have finished a very complicated day.  In today's stage, on the 30th kilometer, I had a rather bad fall in which I lost a lot of time. Afterwards I was able to recover and in general I am very happy with the stage. It has been very hard today. The goal is to finish. Now I see myself with the group and each time I want more, but I won't get tempted. For me it is the first Dakar and the goal is to finish. I still have to give my maximum in the four remaining stages. The marathon stage tomorrow will be very hard."

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"We have got through the tenth day of competition and it has been really difficult for navigation. It was also very hard and with a lot of off-road track but finally it was a great day for me. Also for Jonathan [Barragan] who has navigated very well, he only had one fall but nothing serious. We have arrived in Bethlehem and we finished the day in a good position, I am very happy with the work of the team. We have to continue like this in the last four days of competition."

CHRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"Today's day was very hard and difficult and, after overcoming it, tomorrow we have the marathon stage for the bikes. I started the day at a very good pace, overtaking riders, but an error in the navigation made me have to go back to mark a waypoint. But we have managed to get there and that is the most important thing. Now I have to prepare the bike for the marathon stage."

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<![CDATA[The GasGas Rally Team starts the crucial week of the Dakar tomorrow after the cancellation of the ninth stage]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/805-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/805-.html Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 805 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/805-.html

Yesterday the organization of the Dakar was forced to cancel the ninth special scheduled for today due to adverse weather conditions and the risk of flooding, so Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders travelled the 525 kilometre link between Tupiza and Salta by road.

After the cancellation of today's stage, Johnny Aubert faces the last five key stages of the Dakar in tenth position. His teammate, Jonathan Barragán, climbed four positions after the organization gave him back the almost eight minutes that he spent yesterday looking after an injured rider. The Spanish rider is thirteenth and is again the best rookie in the general classification. Further back, weighed down by the penalties of the first week, Cristian España ranks 43rd.

Tomorrow the competition will resume with the tenth stage between Salta and Belén, with 797 kilometres in total, 373 of these timed. It will be the first part of the second marathon stage of the 2018 Dakar. The two days, again without assistance for motorcycle riders, will cover the route between Salta and Fiambalá.

GIOVANNI SALA:
"We have reached the final stretch of the Dakar without any problems with the three bikes and with the three riders in top form, without having suffered major falls. Johnny [Aubert] and Jonathan [Barragán] are in a good position and the penalties suffered by Cristian [España] are a shame. We have a fantastic atmosphere in the team. The riders are like three mates racing together. 

This year's Dakar is really tough. The sand in Peru caused a lot of riders to drop out. The contrast between the heat of the early stages and the cold of Bolivia has been hard. Now we have arrived in Argentina and we can expect complicated stages with sand, tracks with fesh-fesh and very high temperatures. Without a doubt it is a Dakar like the ones before, we must be on our guard the whole time. We will keep up our concentration until the end."

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<![CDATA[Aubert, eleventh in the eighth stage, climbs up into the 'top ten' of the general classification]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/803-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/803-.html Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 803 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/803-.html

Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders have made it through the longest special of the Dakar - 498 kilometres, which has been complicated by rain and mud, in addition to the dreaded fords through the rivers because of the current.

Johnny Aubert finished today's stage in eleventh position and has climbed two places in the general ranking and is now positioned in the top ten of the general classification. Jonathan Barragán has reached the Bolivian region of Tupiza in twentieth position and remains seventeenth in the time ranking. For his part, Cristian España continues with his own comeback and the Andorran rider recovered five positions today in the general classification, after his thirty-first position today. With this result, España is positioned as the thirty-ninth best rider of the 2018 Dakar.  

The Dakar organization has decided to cancel the ninth stage of 754 kilometres scheduled for tomorrow, due to severe weather conditions with risk of flooding and storms. Tomorrow, the participants of the rally will leave the Bolivian Altiplano behind via a road link from Tupiza to Salta in Argentinian territory. 

GIOVANNI SALA:
"Finally this first marathon stage of the rally has finished and we got through it very well. Jonathan [Barragán] lost a few minutes because he stopped to help a fellow rider who was not feeling too well, but the important thing is that we are all well and the bikes have gone perfectly. We have already completed the stage without assistance and now we only have to check the bikes to avoid problems that could have arisen from riding through the rivers or the mud. 

The organization has canceled tomorrow's stage, so tomorrow we are going in convoy to Salta. Our riders are fine, as you know, but there are others who have not had such good luck and have suffered problems of altitude sickness. Luckily, our riders have overcome the problems of altitude well and have been able to make up positions. So far our assessment of the Dakar is super-positive." 

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"The marathon stage was quite tough, but it went well for both me and the team. Tomorrow's stage has been canceled due to bad weather, but we still have five difficult days ahead of us in Argentina. The whole team is still united and eager to get to Córdoba." 

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"The first part of the marathon stage was really difficult, with plenty of dunes and a lot of off-road. We are at a high altitude and that makes it even more complicated. Today was a tough day, with pretty fast tracks and I rode well. I remain in the front group of the general classification and now I am in tenth position. I'm very happy with all the GasGas Rally Team." 

CRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"The two marathon stages were very hard, with a lot of high altitude and that has taken its toll. Yesterday I had a small mechanical problem, but at night, thanks to the help of my team-mates, we managed to fix it in the bivouac. I lent my brake pads to Jonathan [Barragán] so that today he could go faster and together we fixed a problem with the exhaust on Johnny's [Aubert] bike. We managed to fix everything and here we are after a very long stage, which threw everything at us: dunes, stones, mud and more. We're happy, because we're still on track."

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<![CDATA[Jeroni Fajardo sixth and Busto ninth in Montpellier]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/804-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/804-.html Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 804 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/804-.html

Last night the 2018 X-Trial World Championship got back into gear in Montpellier after the magnificent performances from Jaime Busto and Jeroni Fajardo, second and fourth respectively, more than a month ago in Vendée. Torrot's GasGas Trial Factory Team riders failed to make it to the grand final at the Sud de France Arena where Jeroni Fajardo finished in sixth position and Jaime Busto finished ninth.

A fall in zone 3 forced the Basque rider to change bike midway through the first round. A setback that ended with Busto committing two more mistakes in the last two zones, which prevented him from reaching the semi-final. His teammate, Jeroni Fajardo, had rather better luck in this qualifying round. The rider from Girona classified this round in third position, with only 6 points on his card. But in the next round, where as usual, the direction of riding to attack the six zones of the course was reversed, a five from Fajardo on the fifth obstacle left him off the podium and a possible final to end the day in sixth position.

Jaime Busto and Jeroni Fajardo occupy fourth and fifth positions of the X-Trial World Championship that, next Friday, the 19th, is to stage its third event in the French city of Toulouse.

JAIME BUSTO:
"This second World Championship event was a bit of a disaster for me. I started off highly motivated, but I had a bit of a fright in section 3. The bike fell to the ground and the handlebar moved, so I had to make a quick change to my second bike. I lost my cool and that caused me to make two more mistakes in the last sections and so I could not get through to the next round. It was a shame, but now we have to focus on training hard these coming days to be able to do our very best in the next event, in Toulouse."

JERONI FAJARDO:
"The truth is that I am a little disappointed with this result in Montpellier. The first round went very well and we were able to qualify with the best score for the second round. In the semi-final, we were going very well until I made a mistake in the fifth section and so we went from being able to get into the final or to being third, to finally finishing sixth. That leaves us with conflicting feelings, because on the one hand we rode well, but on the other, we were unable to finish the job when it mattered. Despite this, I am satisfied with all the team’s work. Now it's time to prepare for the Toulouse event next weekend."

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<![CDATA[Barragán, eleventh and best 'rookie' of the 2018 Dakar]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/802-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/802-.html Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 802 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/802-.html

After the day's rest yesterday, Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders left La Paz behind to face the seventh stage of the Dakar, with a sinuous 425-kilometer special, this time on dirt roads and complicated in the final part by the rain and mud. Jonathan Barragán made the third fastest time among the newcomers of this Dakar, finishing eleventh and becoming the best rookie in the general classification.

Johnny Aubert got the fifteenth best time today and is ranked twelfth in the general classification, very close to the 'top ten'.  For his part, Cristian España continues with his own recovery, weighted down by three penalty hours. The Andorran driver finished in thirty-seventh position and currently occupies the 44th place in the provisional classification of the 2018 Dakar.

Today, the riders had to carry out the maintenance and repair of their bikes themselves on arrival at Uyuni. The race is holding the first of the two scheduled marathon stages. The GasGas Rally Team riders will be reunited with their team, tomorrow in Tupiza after overcoming the longest special of this Dakar, of 498 kilometres.

 

GIOVANNI SALA:
"After the day of rest, today we faced the first marathon stage, which is one of the most difficult of the Dakar, not so much because of the route but also because of the lack of assistance from the technicians. The riders have to go through the special and the liaison today without the technicians of the GasGas Rally Team being able to help them and they will arrive at the bivouac, where they will not be able to count on their mechanics to perform the maintenance and repair tasks. Riders are the only ones who will be able to work on their bikes today and tomorrow they will have to face a new journey with another liaison and another special. So there are two complicated days, because the riders must take care of both the bike and their physical health and everything they will be using, such as an air filter, they should take with them during the stage.

Everything went well on this first day of the marathon and our riders have continued to improve in the overall classification, and even Jonathan is in first place amongst the newcomers in the classification in this competition. Now they must work to face another quite long stage tomorrow."

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"Today went well. We went at a good pace in this first part of the marathon. I am happy with my eleventh position and for being the best rookie so far. It was a fast stage despite the mud, with many kilometres and in which we had to control the wear of the rear wheel. When arriving at the bivouac, as it is a marathon stage, we had to check the bike ourselves. They are ready for tomorrow."

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"The first part of this marathon stage has gone well. Today it was very cold and it rained during the day, but it has been a good day in general. I had very good feelings on the bike, I only had a couple of problems with the GPS but I am very happy with how the stage went and I hope to continue on this good line in the coming days."

CRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"Today we completed quite a long stage. It has been hard because of the altitude and because we found a lot of camel grass, very complicated and with sand. I started with a good pace but at kilometre 80 the temperature of my bike went up and so I did not ride so fast. I couldn’t get as much traction as usual and that complicated getting through the sand. Later, the bike got trapped in the mud and there I lost more than half an hour until I managed to get it out with help. But the most important thing is that we have managed to finish today. Now it's time to service the bike and keep recovering positions in the second part of the marathon. "

 

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<![CDATA[Aubert finishes seventeenth in the sixth stage]]> http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/800-.html http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/800-.html Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100 800 http://www.gasgasmotos.es/http://www.gasgasmotos.es/us/news/800-.html

Torrot's GasGas Rally Team riders left Arequipa and Peru behind this morning and headed towards La Paz where the altitude and the drop in temperature was in stark contrast to the heat, dunes and sand of the last five days. The fog forced the Dakar organization to cancel the first 118 of the 313 kilometres planned for the sixth special. 

This reduction in distance did not stop Johnny Aubert from finishing seventeenth and continuing in thirteenth position in the general classification. The newcomer Jonathan Barragán got a five minute penalty last night and finished up in twenty-sixth place. Cristian España received a new penalty in the 5th stage, this time of two hours, for not registering at two waypoints. The Andorran rider started in 89th place today and managed to get back up to the thirtieth position. After today's result, España occupies the 56th position in the general standings.

Tomorrow, the Dakar riders will enjoy a well-deserved day of rest and get back the cut and thrust of the competition on Saturday, competing in the seventh stage of the most demanding rally in the world.

GIOVANNI SALA:
"Today the Dakar has reached a new terrain: very fast tracks with dirt and stones and the riders have not had any problems getting through it. The day was very hard because of the weather conditions, since it was very cold and raining. We have reached the rest stage without any physical problems, the riders are in good condition, and the bikes are in perfect condition, thanks to the work of the mechanics of the GasGas Rally Team. Throughout today, we will prepare ourselves the best we can for when we get back to the race, because we will be going back to the first marathon stage for the bikes."

JONATHAN BARRAGÁN:
"We are already in the bivouac in La Paz, in Bolivia, after finishing the sixth stage. Today the times have been very close and, personally, I am satisfied because we have done pretty well. I'm happy to have got as far as I have, because bit by bit we keep improving day after day."

JOHNNY AUBERT:
"We are already in Bolivia after a very fast special that required a lot of care. We have finished the first week of competition in thirteenth position of the general classification. Tomorrow we will enjoy a day of rest to get back our strength and get ready to face the second week of the race."

CRISTIAN ESPAÑA:
"We have left Peru behind and we are already in Bolivia. The race will change a lot here because of the altitude, the terrain and the contrast between the cold and the heat we are going to find. But now we have a day of rest that will come in handy to regain strength and prepare for the next day, which will be the first marathon, without technical assistance between stage 7 and 8.

 

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