Tough GP in Swedish mud for Barragan

After an impressive double win last weekend in Spain Jonathan Barragan and his team were keen to perform in Sweden. Unfortunately Jonathan had to settle for twelfth position overall at what was the ninth round of sixteen in the 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Mixed weather conditions on Saturday had turned the course into a treacherous place. However, starting from 17th position behind the gate, Jonathan steered his CRF450R to a fine eighth place. The multiple Spanish champ thus entered Sunday’s events confidently. By the start of the races the Uddevalla track had received a muddy make-over, making dirt watery and slippery in some places and rough and rutted in others. Twenty-two thousand spectators lined the track and witnessed Barragan getting off to a difficult start. He was 20th after the opening lap but pulled through for a 12th place finish despite a crash.

A second crash of the day, early on in the second moto made things even harder for Jonathan. The Spaniard circulated in 25th position but on a positive note the afternoon sunshine had helped to dry the track. Determined as ever Barragan recovered and made his way through the pack, climbing up to 13th in the second half of the race The LS Honda Racing rider still battled on but the gap with riders in front of him was too big. Jonathan is currently fourteenth in standings 8 points behind Sébastien Pourcel who is 12th.

Jonathan Barragan: “It wasn’t a good day. In the second race I crashed and in the first the opening few laps were terrible. I feel that it was a big shame to go down so early in the second moto because the result could have been better than thirteenth. My rhythm was consistent, but not enough. I couldn’t do more today. Both the team and I are working very hard and the results haven’t been what we hoped so far. It is taking a lot to find our way into that top eight but it is not through a lack of effort or desire.”

MX1 Race 1
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:52.302; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.870; 3. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:28.388; 4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:31.762; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:38.980; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:13.721; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:17.195; 8. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), +1:22.736; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:24.085; 10. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:35.661; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:43.713; 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 13. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 14. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 15. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), -1 lap(s); 16. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 17. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 18. Tom Johnsson (SWE, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 19. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 20. Rasmus Sjöberg (SWE, Honda), -1 lap(s);

MX1 Race 2
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 39:05.450; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.445; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:07.064; 4. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:23.936; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:37.011; 6. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:40.893; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:52.511; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.034; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:16.098; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:21.824; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:23.053; 12. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:55.376; 13. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing) -1 lap(s); 14. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), -1 lap (s); 15. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), -1 lap(s); 16. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), -1 lap(s); 17. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 18. Toms Macuks (LAT, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 19. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 20. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s);

GP of Sweden classification
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 50 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 34 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 33 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 20 p.; 11. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 20 p.; 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing ), 17 p.; 13. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 14 p.; 14. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 11 p.; 15. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), 11 p.; 16. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), 11 p.; 17. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 8 p.; 18. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), 7 p.; 19. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 6 p.; 20. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 5 p.;

FIM MX1 standings after 9 GP’s
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 348 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 345 p.; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 336 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 315 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 257 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 243 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 236 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 212 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 201 p.; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 183 p.; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 159 p.; 12. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 143 p.; 13. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 137 p.; 14. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, LS Honda Racing), 135 p.; 15. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 112 p.; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 109 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 66 p.; 18. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 58 p.; 19. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 54 p.; 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 52 p.; 21. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 34 p.; 22. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 23. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 24. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 24 p.; 25. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 21 p.; 26. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), 14 p.; 27. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), 14 p.; 28. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), 13 p.; 29. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 11 p.; 30. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), 11 p.; 31. Loic Leonce (FRA, Yamaha), 8 p…

Round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place at Kegums in 2 weeks for the GP of Latvia.

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