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Barragán makes it through an enduro trial by fire finishing the Greek GP in the top ten

07/05/2017

Tenth and sixth positions for Jonathan Barragán in the fifth event of the Enduro World Championship. A Greek GP characterised by the suffocating heat over the weekend. After the race the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team rider is situated in the top ten of the very best riders of his category: Enduro2.

The Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team took on the suffocating heat of the Greek GP. This was like none of the others this season, with the thermometers measuring temperatures over 40ºC. The terrible heat showed the riders no mercy and turned this, the fifth race of the calendar, into a trial by fire on a physical level.

Jonathan Barragán started off the weekend well, with an encouraging third place on the Supertest on Friday in Grevená. This was an anticipation of some GPs made with the idea of bringing enduro closer to the public. Here the Gas Gas rider made sure of an 8 second bonus for Saturday,thanks to his great performance in this short timed obstacle section of under a kilometre long.

This was a great result that unfortunately was not continued the next day, Saturday,the day the rider from Madrid usually resists best. But the times just weren’t with Barragán , who finally finished the day in tenth position, just under two minutes from the winner of the category after complicated first and second laps.

However, this result gave the Gas Gas rider a push in the right direction the next day, and on Sunday he made a notable improvement in his results and so finished the Greek GP in sixth place. Only twenty seconds from the much coveted podium which, for the moment at least, this year is still playing hard to get for the rider from Madrid despite his great performance, especially on the second days of GPs.

After the absolutely scorching Greek GP , once over the Championship’s midway point, the EnduroGP World Championship takes a quick breather for two weeks until the Portuguese GP in Castelo Branco, where from 21st to 23rd July this place in Portugal will be hosting the sixth event of the calendar.

Jonathan Barragán: “It has been a really tough GP, especially because of the high temperatures we have suffered, over40ºC, which had a big effect on us. The race didn’t work out too well,as we had expected better results, particularly on Sunday. The first day I finished tenth. I didn’t get the right feeling in the first and second laps, and we had a small problem with the back brake, which we had to change due to overheating. However, the truth of the matter is, the times weren’t as good as we had hoped. On Sunday everything went much better. I was riding amongst the first five but finally I finished sixth, only two seconds from fifth. It was a rather strange, very hard race where I didn’t feel as good as I did in Hungary. I am pleased with the way things are going this season as we are adding points in all the races and finishing in the top five especially on the second days. Now we have to think ahead to the Portuguese GP. This will be a difficult race but I am really motivated by being so near home and really looking forward to it.”

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E2 – D1

E2 – D2

1. J. García

58:08.51

1. J. McCanney

57:08.73

2. J. McCanney

+18.34

2. J. García

+8.99

3. D. Guarneri

+21.31

3. D. Guarneri

+23.84

10. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

+1:57.11

6. J. Barragán (Gas Gas),

+46.61

       

E2 – Provisional

 

 

1. J. García

223 p.

 

 

2. J. McCanney

211 p.

 

 

3. E. Remes

199 p.

 

 

10. J. Barragán (Gas Gas)

117 p.

 

 

 

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