Gas Gas rider Adam Raga has achieved second place overall in the World X-Trial Championship and also finished second in the last race on the calendar, in Nice.
April 12th 2013
A fantastic performance of Adam Raga, the official rider of the Gas Gas Team, in the last round of the World Championship of X-Trial which was held in the capital of the French Riviera, Nice, where he has achieved the desired final season result: the runner-up. The Palais Nikaia was filled to capacity to see the best in the world, where today the stress was especially upon the Gas Gas rider, who qualified in second position in the previous round, and this great rider had the victory in sight. However, it has been Toni Bou which has risen to the highest step of the podium. A small mistake in the last zone of the semifinal, where he scored three points, has prevented him from ending with less points than Bou.
Five years later, Adam Raga has returned to claim the runner-up in the World Indoor Championship, now known as X-Trial and he has done it after overcoming a poor finish in the season that opened in Sheffield (UK), where he finished seventh. Subsequently, he won second place in Barcelona, Bielefeld and the latter in Nice, which has confirmed him in the second final position for the championship.
Notably also at this race was the excellent fifth place for the second Gas Gas rider participating in this World Championship, the Italian Matteo Grattarola has overtaken much more experienced riders and has won the sixth place final position in the championship.
The next competition test for Adam Raga will be the start of the Outdoor World Trials Championship later this month in Motegi, Japan, on the 27th and 28th of April.
“I have seen victory close-up today. I’ve done well with the bike and I’m proud of the work we have done and everything from the team to improve the outcome of Malaga. Everyone has their part and this is appreciated.
For my part, again finishing second in the world, is like a 31st birthday gift. I was ready to win, I made a single mistake in the last zone, of a very high level, I’ve done better than anyone, with a zero, but to win against Toni Bou, I have to ride very, very well.
I value very highly this second position, I had highs and lows in this championship and I’ve also learned to be calm when things go wrong. Climbing from seventh in Sheffield was very complicated, and has much merit that we are now celebrating the runner-up. Furthermore, in order to start the World Championship in Japan in a fortnight, is very motivating. ”
Clasificación provisional Mundial X-Trial 2013
Adam RAGA (Gas Gas)
Matteo GRATTAROLA (Gas Gas)
Francesc MORET (Gas Gas)