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Jonathan Barragán makes a leap forward in the World Championship and sets the pace with the best

04/24/2017

The rider from Madrid confirmed the excellent development of the new Gas Gas EC 250 in the Spanish GP after a weekend which went from good to even better and finished with a fight for the podium. Barragán put together fourth and sixth places. These positions have a taste of victory after two especially tough days for both mechanics and riders due to the enormous amount of dust and the rocky course in Puerto Lumbreras.

After what was a rather unusual start to the season in Finland, the World Championship swopped the frozen Scandinavian wastes for the sun soaked, dry lands of Puerto Lumbreras for the fight for the second round of the World Enduro Championship.

It was this place in the region of Murcia that was hosting the World Championship for the fourth time in its history. And it did it with the Spanish GP where Jonathan Barragán felt more and more comfortable, fighting for the frontrunners positions as he went through the special sections. On Saturday, the Gas Gas rider overcamea tricky start to the race that made it difficult for him to get into the swing of things because of the broken ground. Barragán steadily moved up position-by-position until he finally finished fourth after making great scores in the second half of the race.

He sustained a great pace in the special sections, especially in the extreme, which gave the Gas Gas Factory Enduro Team rider the encouragement to go to even greater things the following day. He was fighting for a podium win until a fall in one section put paid to all his aspirations of getting what would have been the first podium win for the new Gas Gas EC 250 in the World Championship. On Sunday his sixth place had a bittersweet taste after being so near and yet so far from a podium finish in the GP held on home turf.

In spite of this, Barragán and his team, the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team, have been able to draw positive conclusions from a Spanish GP where both the rider from Madrid and the new Gas Gas EC 250 have shown themselves to be highly competitive and well up there with the best in the Enduro2 category, withstanding the demands of the very toughest conditions.

The Italian town of Spoleto is to host the Italian GP on 27th and 28th May. This is the third of the nine scoring events in the 2017 World Enduro Championship.

Jonathan Barragán: “I was in third position, fighting for second place, but I fell and lost any possibility of a podium finish. Despite this, we should be very happy as the bike is going really well. On the first day we managed a fourth place and on the second day we were in podium positions, at the same pace as the riders in front, until the fall. This has left me with a rather bittersweet taste in my mouth as I would have liked to have a podium finish in my “home” GP and to celebrate the win with the rest of the team who are doing such a great job. But there you go, that’s just the way races are and you have to accept it and keep on getting better.”

 

GP of Spain, Puerto Lumbreras

Results DAY 1

Results DAY 2

Standings ENDURO2

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