Adam Raga (GAS GAS) has started the outdoor Spanish Trial Championship in the best way possible. After clearly dominating the first lap,the Ulldecona rider was second on the second lap, which gave him the overall win with a clear gap over his rivals, who are also competing in the same championships the GAS GAS team is entering, both indoors and outdoors.
The Trial de Mancha Real, organised by the Peña Motorista Jiennense, consisted of two laps on a compact 15-section circuit with sections very close to one another. The medium difficulty sections, mainly on round stones with damp surface below, were not easy at all.
"Everything was fine, trouble-free, a good start for the team and a good line that I mean to continue as long as possible" commented the young GAS GAS man.
Jeroni Fajardo (GAS GAS) shouldered Raga on the first lap, but collected too many points on the second one and finished eighth, behind Jordi Pascuet (GAS GAS), who was constant and effective.
In the Cadet category, the win went to David Millán (Sherco/36 points), followed by the GAS GAS of Mario Román (47), Jesús Fuentes (56), Antonio Alonso (56) and Adrián Pastoriza (68)
2004 Spanish Championship - 1st Round Results
1 - Adam Raga - GAS GAS - 36 (15+21) - 20 Championship points
2 - Albert Cabestany - Beta - 48 (28+20) - 17 Championship points
3 - Marc Freixa - Montesa - 51(26+25) - 15 Championship points
4 - Takahisa Fujinami - Honda - 58 (31+27) - 0 Championship points
5 - Doug Lampkin - Montesa - 59 (30+29) - 0 Championship points
6 - Graham Jarvis - Sherco - 60 (38+22) - 0 Championship points
7 - Jordi Pascuet - GAS GAS - 65 (32+33) - 13 Championship points
8 - Jeroni Fajardo - GAS GAS - 76 (25+51) - 11 Championship points
9 - Toni Bou - Beta - 76 (44+32) - 10 Championship points
10 - Josep Manzano - Beta - 82 (42+40) - 9 Championship points
Under new rules for 2004, non-Spanish licence holders are not eligible to score points towards the Championship. This, presumably is to avoid a repeat of the unprecedented protests that marred the 2003 Championship.