Excellent opening in the World Championship for Gas Gas with Raga, Casales and Petrangeli
Adam Raga took second place at the start of the Trial World Championship at Motegi, Japan, while Pietro Petrangeli and Jorge Casals got the wins in Junior and Youth Cup respectively.
Great start in the World Championship for the Gas Gas team, which has won three podium positions in different categories in the 2013 Championship which premiered today on the site of the Motegi circuit in Japan.
Adam Raga has maintained the good form he has shown in the pre-season, finishing second after leading the event. The Ulldecona rider, however, scored many points, a victim of with the change in the scoring regulations, a novelty of the Champions League, and was puzzled, as were the vast majority of participants. In the first round, Raga finished with 15, the product of three debatable maximum penalty points, and in the next two laps of the course of 12 zones, there has been a similar situation. Finally, the Gas Gas rider was able to stay focused and, despite the strict scoring, finished in second position.
Moreover, the Brit Michael Brown, also with the Gas Gas factory team, finished in eighth position, a finish that was bittersweet, because although he had more zeros scored than any of his rivals, he has also been penalized with more ‘fiascos’.
Other Gas Gas riders in Japan have achieved great success in the categories Junior and 125. The Galician rider Jorge Casals has achieved a remarkable victory by beating the champions of the Youth Cup in 2010 and 2011 and is the category leader, achieving his first goal. In 125, another victory for a Gas Gas rider. The young Italian Pietro Petrangeli has risen to the top, while the Czech Martin Matejicek and Spaniard, Ignacio Martin have finished in the top 10.
”I’m pretty happy with how I brought the bike home in this World round: I rode very well, but the final score does not reflect at all how I handled the bike. On the first lap I was loaded with three unfair fiascos and also in the other laps. I think with the new regulations it will be a changed trial, it becomes very boring. We have much time indoors, sometimes more than a minute and a half in the zone and I hope someone rectifies this.
The bike was very good all day with no problems and the team has worked correctly. It was important, because we had to learn to combine the application of the new regulations to the pilot’s cockpit and in that sense we have done a good job”.
”It was a tough race for me, difficult terrain and muddy. I’ve been a bit puzzled, among which, I was away from home and the changing rules, I do not like anything. I think it cuts the qualities of trial riders”.