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Torrot's GasGas Rally Team successfully completes its sensational return to the Dakar


Aubert finishes in an outstanding sixth position in the general classification; Barragán, fifteenth, finishes as the second best 'rookie' of the race, and Cristian España is thirtieth, completing the hat-trick achieved by GasGas on its return to this demanding competition.

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.

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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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