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10/23/2017

Jonathan Barragán gets the new Gas Gas EC 250 into the top ten of E2 on the year of its debut in the World Championship

The Gas Gas Factory Enduro Team rider finishes the World Championship with a thirteenth and eighth place in Zschopau. Barragán and the new Gas Gas EC 250 end the EnduroGP World Championship in ninth place in the Enduro 2 category after the last meeting of the season in the complicated and demanding German GP.

The last event of the season was one of the hardest and exhausting races that can be remembered in the last few years of the World Championship. The locality of Zschopau in Saxony, home of the 2012 German ISDE, once again returned to the front page of international competition with an authentic enduro race. The rocky, woodland terrain of its specials tested the World Championship riders to the limit, even more so, after the rain and mud that marked the last day.

This has been a few difficult weeks, in terms of mood and emotional state, for both Jonathan Barragán and his family after the tragic accident in which his brother Jesus died. The Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team rider, in a true example of professionalism, drew forces from his sadness to return to competition and race the last Grand Prix of the 2017 season.

The rider from Madrid finished thirteenth after a first day marked by problems in his second ride through the extreme, where he lost more than a minute which meant a drop in the classification. The next day, with the added handicap of the rain and the mud in the race, Jonathan Barragán overcame the delicate state of the specials to finish in eighth place.

With these last two results achieved in Zschopau, the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team rider closes the year with a ninth place in the E2 category, getting his Gas Gas EC 250 into the top ten of the World Championship at the maximum level of international competition in the crucial year of the debut of the new enduro from the factory in Salt.

This last GP of the season also counted with the presence of Antoine Basset, who gave all his moral and logistical support to the team in Germany. The official Gas Gas rider this year has been unable to participate in any of the events because of a knee and ankle injury suffered in February, during the pre-season stage. Basset was expected to compete in the German GP, but despite his enthusiasm and his hopes, unfortunately a final medical diagnosis advised the French rider not to rush into a race and take part in this last Grand Prix of the 2017 World Championship.

Now that the World Championship is over, the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team is to take the road back home, where next weekend -28th and 29th October- the last meeting of the 2017 Spanish Enduro Championship in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia is to be held.   

Jonathan Barragán: "We have finished a ride through hell in Germany. It has been one of the hardest races I can remember. On a personal level everything has been very complicated after the hard days that we have lived through with my family after my brother's accident. It has been a very complicated GP, with specials with lots of roots and rocks, and tests of that sort that I do not like too much. The first day I had a problem in the extreme event. I lost a minute and a half, and from there, I was very behind in the classification, finishing thirteenth. The second day everything was much better, although in the cross test, in the second round, I also had a small problem. I was fighting for sixth position, but after that, I finished eighth. After this last race of the World Championship, we finished in ninth place after having a good position in all the races except in Finland, because of a mechanical problem, which is positive. I want to thank all my team and Gas Gas after a year in which we have worked very hard to make a debut with this new bike and in which we have always been making the very maximum effort. We have finished the World Championship with this race and now we only have to dispute the National Championship event in Santiago next weekend ".

 

GP GERMANY (Zschopau)

E2 - Day 1

Time

E2 - Day 2

Time

1. D. McCanney

54: 03.71

1. J. McCanney

59: 38.66

2. J. García

+11: 66

2. D. McCanney

4.03

3. J. McCanney

13.10

3. E. Remes

+1: 02.64

13. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+4: 25.25

8. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+2: 34.91

       

E2 - Final classification

Points

 

 

1. J. García

350

 

 

2. J. McCanney

344

 

 

3. E. Remes

309

 

 

J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

182

 

 

 

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