Diogo Ventura on Saturday in Junior and Jonathan Barragan on Sunday, in E3, reached the podium in the Grand Prix of Chile. The Enduro World Championship starts and is marked by two completely different days. A first day that was dry, and a second day of mud, after rains on Saturday night forced the organizers to change the route and the special. Antoine Basset caresses the podium on the first day, and all of this was a promising start of the racing season for the Gas Gas team riders, who in Talca, demonstrated the potential of the Gas Gas EC 250 and 300.
The GasGas team starts-off on a good foot in the 2015 Enduro World championship.DiogoVentura andJonathanBarragán reached the third step on the podium with the GasGasEC 250 and 300 in the Junior category and E3, while AntoineBasset fought for the podium in the premier class. The Chilean city of Talca was chosen to give the starting flag for the 2015 Enduro World Championship, a first round conditioned by the rain on Saturday evening and the change of scenery, from dry to wet in the tests from Saturday to Sunday.
The Grand Prix of Chile began with a DiogoVentura in full fledged fitness. On Saturday, the Portuguese rider of the GasGasFactoryPons Team lead the early stages of the race in the Junior category. However, a fall in the cross test cost him the victory. However, Ventura scored his first podium in the World Championship, with a third in the Junior category. The enormous effort on Saturday, ended up spending the reserves of the young Portuguese rider, the following day he experienced some very difficult conditions because of the accumulated water and mud, he had the same ‘feeling’ about his Gas GasEC250. Ventura preferred not to risk more than necessary and secured sixth place, closing the first Grand Prix of the season with a fourth place overall in the Junior standings, with an eye on the following rounds, Spain and Portugal, favorable to the friendly rider from Luso.
A good performance also for AntoineBasset in this first race of the year. The preseason training for the Frenchman was reflected in his qualifying on Saturday, a day in which theGasGas rider was fighting for a podium position of E3, one of the categories with the highest level of global rivalry. He adapted quickly to the dry terrain that he is not used to, and Basset finished in fourth place. A satisfaction that he could not repeat the next day, in which repeated falls made him descend into the timesheets, eventually finishing in eleventh position after a difficult day for the riders, which prevented them from finding a good rhythm because of the muddy terrain.
In the always tricky premier class, Jonathan Barragán went from less to more at the Grand Prix of Chile. The Madrid rider came to Talca with the extra motivation that comes from the excitement and challenges of being on a new team in the World Championship and with the knowledge of his good results in the national race that was held before this World Championship season opener. However, on Saturday, a problem with the clutch at the start of the day, caused a delay for the Gas Gas rider, who soon after, missed a passage control and ended up being out of the Saturday race. A bad result that served as a springboard for Sunday, a day in which rutting due to rain, gave him the opportunity to exploit his MX talents on his Gas GasEC300, resulting in Jonathan Barragán scoring his first podium in the World Championship for the Catalan brand in the Chile GP.
After this first test in Talca, Chile’s location gives prominence to Jerez de la Frontera, newly christened by the FIM for 2015 as the “Capital of the motorcycling World” by the, as they will host the second round of the Enduro World Championship, the “Spanish GP” during the weekend of the 9th and 10th of May.