Reigning Spanish National Enduro Champion, Josep Garcia, wins round one of the 2019 season in Guadalajara.
It didn’t take long for reigning champ Garcia to get his hands on the leader’s red plate in the 2019 Campeonato de Espana de Enduro. A double victory across the two-day round one race in Guadalajara, saw the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider straight to the top of both the overall and E1 points standings.
The Castilian-Manchega event started on Friday with an Extreme Super-Special test where Garcia relegated himself to eighth position after a minor crash.
The KTM rider turned the tip-off into motivation on Saturday, where he set the fastest time on the opening test, took the lead and never let go.
Dry and dusty conditions forced the organisers to change plans, swapping the Cross-Country test scheduled on Sunday for a long, timed section. The longer loop again suited Garcia who set the fastest times across all four attempts.
“On Friday, in the Supertest, things did not go as expected,” explains Garcia. “I made this a motivation for Saturday. I started with a stronger will than ever and from the first time-check I was able to make a difference.
“On Sunday, we had to do a cross-country, but on the test lap we saw that it was very dangerous because of the dust. We put everything we had into the start. The riders tried to help the Federation, proposing to make four laps of yesterday's section. I went out to give my best, setting the pace and winning all the specials, so I'm super happy about how the weekend has gone. Now we have to prepare for the next one.”
Enric Francisco won E3 across both days ahead of XX on day one and Jonathan Barragan on day two. Cris Guerrero took E2 victory on both days ahead of Jaume Betriu returning from injury.
Junior Open class was Alejandro Navarro, Gerrard Gomez was victorious in the 125 2T class. Mireia Badia took the Women’s class on both days ahead of Sandra Gomez.
2019 Spanish Enduro Championship Scratch results, round 1, day 1:
Scratch results, round 1, day 2:
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