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Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team's Jonathan Barragán is using the summer break to stay focused and become even better aquainted with the brand new Gas Gas EC 250. 

Barragán, who won the first round of the Spanish National Championship on his new machine, is lying tenth in the Enduro2 World Championship. 

You are contesting the Enduro2 category in the world championships this year, what are your goals for yourself and the new bike?

Barragán “The focus is to get a podium or be as close as possible to it. Taking a podium with the new Gas Gas EC in its first world championships would be incredible, but it’s no easy task.”

Does the competition in the world championship, and especially Enduro2 make those podiums more difficult to obtain?

“Yes, although I think that we’ve been close at many of rounds, excluding the Gran Premio in Portugal, which was, for me, my worst race of the year. In the rest of the races, we’ve been fourth, fifth, and sixth, fighting to get on the podium. Looking past the first days, I think that we have always improved our results on the second days.”

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Podiums are easier said than done, especially in the hotly contested Enduro2 class. There is such a high level of athletes.

“Of course, the world championships are the world championships. It’s true that although it may be hard to get a top five in EnduroGP with everything so close, in Enduro2, it’s even closer. There are more athletes capable of getting those results.”

Why did you decide to opt for the Gas Gas EC 250 this year and not the 300?

“The truth is, at the start of the season, when Antoine and I were trying out the new bike, Miki Arpa asked us which one we wanted to compete with - we both said the 250. It was an instinctive decision on our part. I feel that the difference in performance between a 250 two-stroke and 250 four-stroke is less than a between the 300 two-stroke and 450 four-stroke, even though lots of races are won on 300s.

"Finally, since there were two of us in the team, and we couldn’t be in the same category, it was decided that Basset would compete in the EnduroGP category and myself in Enduro2. However, I must say that as an athlete, I personally prefer the performance of the 300."

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“The start of this season was a bit complicated up until the first national race in Oliana. We were barely able to ride our new Gas Gas EC bikes. We had only done a few short tests and weren’t very familiar with it. However, rather than seeing it as a setback, it gave all of us extra motivation. The one thing we do know is the that new bike is good. We ignored the little time we had to familiarise ourselves, and focused on our desire to race.”

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In the Spanish Enduro Championships you claimed victory at round one in Oliana despite having little time on the bike.

“Yes, we won the first race and we were very happy about it at the time, though you always must keep in mind that the season is very long and there are lots of races. At the beginning, it was a bit difficult getting used to the 250, since I was coming from the 300.

"Unfortunately, Antoine Basset injured himself at the start of the season and I was the only athlete for the Gas Gas Enduro Factory Team. It has been a very weird feeling, since it’s always better to have a teammate to train and share opinions with. You feel more protected that way, like there’s less pressure.”

Looking at the national race results. You were the envy of everyone for having won on the new Gas Gas EC on its debut weekend, and then in Valdecabelleros and Lalín you claimed podiums again.

“Yes, it’s true that the Spanish Enduro Championship didn’t go too bad for us at all. Just like at the world’s, the second days have always been better for me than the first. Aside from some minor problems, which are totally normal in any type of race, we have always been on the podium and we’ve won in Oliana and also in Lalín.”

The world and national championships are now taking a summer break - almost two months for the majority of the athletes. The only race during that time is the ISDE in France for invited racers. Would you have liked to be racing in Brive?

“Yes, it’s a shame because I’ve always been proud to represent my country in this team-based international race. However, I’m going to take advantage of the break to continue training, since I don’t like to do nothing and lose momentum. I will be doing motocross with my brother and will do a race or two, like the motocross in Sariego in mid-August. I will continue training and come back to the world championships stronger than ever.”

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