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09/25/2017

Jonathan Barragán and the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team are back in action at Hawkstone Park

The Gas Gas rider climbs one position in the Enduro 2 top ten after adding a tenth and eighth place in the 2017 British Enduro GP. Hawkstone Park's legendary motocross circuit serves as a test ground for this innovative and compelling racing formula in the World Championship with the addition of an enduro sprint on Saturday and the dispute of a cross country race on Sunday.

After more than two months without national and international competitions for Jonathan Barragán and the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team this summer, a period of rest only interrupted by the ISDE competition in France for the riders who were chosen by their countries to race in this international event for teams, the Enduro World Championship entered the final straight at Hawkstone Park. The next to last event of the EnduroGP calendar which, in Britain, was premiering a new format, with an enduro sprint on Saturday and a novel cross country reserved for Sunday.

Two days of competition with a very different formula from the classic events of the world of enduro, where this time Jonathan Barragán managed to add tenth and eighth places. These results have allowed the Gas Gas rider to climb a position in the general Enduro 2 ranking and he is now placed, with only one final event, in ninth position of the classification.

The first day of the British EnduroGP had only two specials, one enduro event and a cross event which the pilots had to complete up to six times. A typical race format in England where Jonathan Barragán found it difficult to get up to pace in the competition after two months of training. In spite of his good times in the cross event, his inferior times at this stage meant a tenth place for the Gas Gas  rider on his first day.

The top international enduro competition has not been held on the British Isles for ten years, and for this very special occasion, the organizers of the World Championship had saved a huge surprise for riders and fans on Sunday, holding a cross country event at Hawkstone Park.

The cathedral of British motocross changed speciality for a day to host this 3 hour long resistance race. An unusual formula for the World Championship, which at Hawkstone Park used part of its circuit, to complete a long course on sand in which the fastest riders took almost ten minutes per lap.

A very demanding and at the same time strenuous scenario, where Jonathan Barragán had already competed in the past and where the Gas Gas rider brought his skills as a motocross rider in to play. A good performance that placed the rider from Madrid in the fight for the top positions of his category until in the last hour of the race, an unfortunate track exit ended with a crash into a tree. An accident, fortunately without serious consequences for the rider and his Gas Gas EC 250. After this mishap they were able to get back into the race to finally finish in eighth position.

Following this next to last meeting of the World Championship held in Great Britain, the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team makes its way homeward, where next weekend, Sunday, October 1st, Jonathan Barragán will take part in the Enduro of Requena, fourth scoring event of the Spanish Enduro Championship.

Jonathan Barragán: "I'm leaving England in a good mood. Sunday's race was very hard, I finally finished eighth. We could have finished a little higher, but I suffered two falls, one of them quite bad when we had been racing for more than two hours. I left the track and I hit pretty hard against a tree, my shoulder taking a hard blow, but luckily we were able to continue and finish. The day before, there were only two timed stages, an enduro and a cross test. The first one did not go too well for me, what I lost in one, I made up in the other. However, in the end I managed to finish tenth after making up time differences with my rivals, especially in the motocross. I'm leaving here in a good mood because of the fact that we have been quite consistent in a race with a very different, very hard format from usual, especially on Sunday. Now I will try to get my shoulder better, a little hurt after this fall, to be able to face the final stretch of the season in the World and National Enduro Championships in good shape"

 

E2 - Day 1

Time

E2 - Day 2

Time

1. J. García

57: 22.85

1. P. Rauchenecker

3: 01: 36.598

2. E. Remes

+10.18

2. D. McCanney

+1: 55.821

3. J. McCanney

+21.19

3. J. García

+2: 51.703

10. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+2: 36.52

8. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+9: 05.759

       

E2 - Classification

Points

   

1. J. García

312

   

2. J. McCanney

299

   

3. E. Remes

274

   

9. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

161

   

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