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Bad luck keeps Adam Raga off the podium in Japan

04/06/2012
The Gas Gas rider suffered a tire dismount on the first day and failed to fight for victory in the second despite improving his riding. The goal is to win in Spain.
The facilities at Twin Ring Motegi this weekend hosted the Japanese Trial Grand Prix, a classic championship venue after the debut of World Championship competition in Australia last week. The first day the Gas Gas riders ascertained that the difficulty of the zones was not particularly high, with no room for error making it difficult when trying to recover from small mistakes. This was one of the problems for Adam Raga, who turned around his bad luck in the two days of the Nippon round.

Adam started well on Saturday with only a couple of complications in the last areas marred his first lap. The problems came in the second round, when the bad luck led him to make some mistakes and also the rear tire of the TXT dismounted after one jump. These circumstances disrupted Adam’s strategy which caused him to finish sixth. Alexz Wigg was able to finish 8th, Michael Brown 11th, and Loris Gubian 13th, with Matteo Grattarola and Pere Borrellas 15th and 16th respectively.

On Sunday, Raga improved significantly, although a couple of errors in the first round determined the final classification and prevented him from regaining positions. The second lap was improved but the last sections complicated the situation with the Gas Gas leader taking a fifth place finish, two points behind fourth. Brown finished 8th, with Gubian finishing 13th, Wigg 14th, Grattarola 15th, and Borrellas 17th.

The World Championship will resume on June 16th and 17th at Peñarroya (Spain) and the objective of Adam is to reverse the situation and fight for the win at home.

Adam Raga

“On Saturday I ended up very disappointed. It was a bad result in a race than I expected much more. The zones were very easy, with the difficulty that this represents the time to recover points. What's more, there were a number of factors that made it all end badly. It is true that I had some errors, which I added some points from bad luck, but it got worse when the tire dismounted from the rear wheel of the bike after a jump. It was a shame. On Sunday a bit of improvement in my riding which was more consistent, although the end result was very similar. This makes me think that in Peñarroya. I have to work a little ahead of the upcoming races in order to avoid such mistakes that end up costing me not only the win but also the podium. I am satisfied with how the bike ran and all the work in the World Championship, so in this respect I am calm. My goal is to improve in the next grand prix in Spain and I know what I have to do to take that step forward.”

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