The international competition season for the GasGas Enduro Factory Team gets off to a great start with a third place from Christophe Nambotin in the German Grand Prix. After a pre-season of intense teamwork, the Frenchman rides to the rhythm of the best and climbs on to the podium in Dahlen.
Matthew van Oevelen makes his debut with GasGas by achieving two outstanding fourth places that get the young Belgian rider a fourth position in the general ranking in his debut in the J1 class. Meanwhile, a foot infection stops the British rider Alex Snow from demonstrating his potential in E1 in this first round of the World Championship.
In a similar vein, there was a good result too for the GasGas riders in the recently launched Enduro Open World Cup. The Portuguese rider Gonçalo Reis was victorious on Saturday and, a day later, the Polish rider Rafal Bracik, also made it onto the podium in the two-stroke category.
After this inaugural meeting, the GasGas team is already looking forward to the next Grand Prix that will take place on the weekend of May 4th and 5th in Valpaços, Portugal.
7# CHRISTOPHE NAMBOTIN
“It was a good weekend. It was the first event of the season and we did not know exactly what our race pace was. Yesterday I got a good result, fourth in EnduroGP and third in E3. It was all perfect until the last special, when a stone hit the chain, causing damage. This morning, in the first special I got the second-best absolute time, but soon after my bike stopped due to the damage it suffered yesterday and I was unable to keep going. I am happy with the good work we have done throughout this winter, as reflected by the podium finish of the first day. We are still motivated for the next race."
98# MATTHEW VAN OEVELE
"This has been a good debut for me in the Junior category. The bike ran very well and the team worked well too. Yesterday, after being in third position for a good part of the race, I finished fourth. And today, Sunday, despite the difficulty of the terrain, I was able to finish fourth again. I'm happy to start the World Championship this way, being very close to the podium with my new bike and fourth in the general classification of my category: Junior 1."
31# ALEX SNOW
"It's been a difficult weekend for me. I did not expect this after having already ridden in a couple of events in Great Britain. I have gone from the 300 to the 250 and I can feel the difference. Last week I got hit in the foot during training and today, Sunday, after yesterday's tough riding, I woke up with a foot infection that has prevented me from competing today. I think we made the right decision. Now I only think about recovering and being ready for the coming GP of Portugal."