Gas Team Dakar Riders Jonathan Barragán, Johnny Aubert and Cristian España
Gas Gas is getting back to Dakar. Their last major impact was with Laia Sanz who has since moved on to the factory KTM team.
Team manager Gio Sala talks here about the team effort. An Enduro legend and Dakar veteran himself, Sala should be a good leader for the group.
Quick story – 2006 ISDE in New Zealand, Neena and I are walking across Parc Ferme. An Italian rider comes by on a bike and is waving at me. Puzzled, I look as he goes by and it is Sala. So I say to Neena “Now why is Sala waving at me”? I can’t imagine he even knows who I am. Neena replies “Oh, is that who that is? Yes, he was talking to me earlier in the pits”. I got a good chuckle out of that.
Also interesting here, Italian Sala is talking in Spanish. He even has a little bit of a Catalan accent.