LS Honda Racing rider Jonathan Barragan took the lead in the Spanish MX Elite Championship yesterday at El Molar near Madrid. The reigning Spanish Champion produced the perfect day at his home track in front of his own club by claiming two moto wins! Nearly 4.500 fans attended the sixth round of the season where José Antonio Butron and Alvaro Lozano respectively claimed second and third.
Extreme heat had forced the organizing club to cancel Saturday practice to battle the dust. However continuous watering during the night and maintenance on Sunday resulted in excellent riding conditions for the spectacular ‘La Nava’ track. Polesitter Butron led the first two laps of the opening sprint of the day before he was overtaken by Barragan. Jonathan, cheered on by the crowd, immediately put in some very fast laps to create a gap. In the end he crossed the finish line over 10 seconds in front of Butron.
At the start of the second moto the CRF450R mounted LS Honda Racing rider almost went down. He quickly moved up to second after an early pass on Alvaro Lozano. Comfortably following leader Butron for most of the race Barragan waited until the end to push for his sixth victory of the season. The Red Bull athlete made the pass stick with three laps to go. With Lozano and France’s Maxime Lesage third and fourth the result of the second sprint was the exact carbon copy of the first.
The penultimate Spanish Championship round will take place in Caceres on the 16th of September.
Jonathan Barragan: “I came to El Molar to win. Of course when you ride on your home track the pressure to deliver is there but I did what I needed to do to catch up in the championship. I was strong and pretty happy with my riding all day long. In the second moto I knew Butron would be fast in the beginning so I preferred to play it cool. I picked up the pace near the end and that was enough to win. For me it’s always nice to race at El Molar. Of course this was the best possible way to celebrate the return of the championship to our track! Now I’m ready to get a good result in Sweden.”
MX Elite El Molar race 1: 1. Jonathan Barragan (LS Honda Racing), 2. José Antonio Butron, 3. Alvaro Lozano, 4. Maxime Lesage, 5. Joan Cortes, 6. Fabien Izoird, 7. Jaume Betriu, 8. Raul Alvarez, 9. Kevin Ballanger, 10. José Luis Martinez MX Elite El Molar race 2: 1: 1. Jonathan Barragan (LS Honda Racing), 2. José Antonio Butron, 3. Alvaro Lozano, 4. Maxime Lesage, 5. Fabien Izoird, 6. Joan Cortes, 7. Jaume Betriu, 8. Kevin Ballanger, 9. Ramon Brucart, 10. Miguel De La Rosa MXElite El Molar classification 1. Jonathan Barragan (LS Honda Racing) 50 pts, 2. José Antonio Butron 44, 3. Alvaro Lozano 40, 4. Maxime Lesage 36, 5. Fabien Izoird 31, 6. Joan Cortes 31, 7. Jaume Betriu 28, 8. Kevin Ballanger 25, 9. Ramon Brucart 21, 10. Miguel De La Rosa 21 MXElite Championship – after 6 rounds 1. Jonathan Barragan (LS Honda Racing) 265 pts, 2. Alvaro Lozano 258, 3. José Antonio Butron 232, 4. Joan Cortes 189, 5. Raul Alvarez 160, 6. Jaume Betriu 160, 7. Kevin Ballanger 138, 8. Fabien Izoird 133, 9. José Luis Martinez 118, 10. Maxime Lesage 110 Next weekend Jonathan Barragan will line up in Uddevalla, Sweden for the ninth round of the MX1 World Championship