Barragan tops podium at MX1 GP in Mallory Park

Barragan tops podium at MX1 GP in Mallory Park

Victory was safe in the hands of KTM rider Jonathan Barragan in the MX1 Grand Prix of Britain on Sunday after he was third and first in the two individual motos.

The Spanish rider from the KTM supported Team Silver Action was in brilliant
form on the man made track at Mallory Park, the first time the MX World
Championships had competed on the varied and technically challenging circuit.

Confident and comfortable
Barragan, who kept his skills
sharpened by winning an MX3 GP as a guest rider for the JM Racing team last
weekend, looked confident and comfortable on the British circuit where sand had
been mixed with the natural soil on the corners. “I had some problems with the
shock in the first heat but we changed the settings for the second and it went
much better for me. I am very happy to my have my first GP win for 2008 but I am
a bit sorry that it has not come sooner than this,” Barragan said. The Spanish
rider said liked the jumps on the British circuit but there were a lot of bumps.
“Riders here have to be really fit,” he said.

Action packed finish
The track became deeply rutted and increasingly
difficult to master as the day wore on and Barragan had an anxious moment in the
final run in to the checkered flag in race two. He got caught up in the ruts and
slipped off the bike but displayed a cool head and lightning reactions, was back
on the bike in a flash without relinquishing any of his lead.

fourth in race on for Nagl

Red Bull KTM factory rider Max Nagl of
Germany was not so lucky. After a valiant fourth place in the opening MX1 moto,
Nagl came unstuck in the heat of the battle in the opening minutes of race two
and a stone hit him on the nose. Dizzy and with the wound bleeding badly, he
wasn’t able to continue. Doctors suspected that he may have broken his nose and
he will check on Monday with his own doctor in Belgium. Nagl was however quite
positive about his riding in the first heat. “I liked the circuit here. It’s a
real English track with deep lines and I was up with the front runners all the
way in the first race.” James Noble of Team KTM UK was tenth in front of his
home crowd.

1. Jonathan Barragan, KTM
2. Ken de
Dyker, Belgium, Suzuki
3. David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha
4. Steve
Ramon, Belgium, Suzuki
5. Tanel Leok, Estonia, Kawasaki


10. James Noble, Britain, (Team KTM UK)
17. Markus Schiffer,
Germany (Sarholz)
19. Kornel Nemeth, Hungary (Sarholz)

Championship Standings
1. David Philippaerts, Italy, 223
2. Steve Ramon, Belgium, 195
3. Ken de Dyker, Belgium, 175
Josh Coppins, New Zealand, 168
5. Bill Mackenzie, Britain, 159

Other KTM
7. Jonathan Barragan, Spain. 150
9. Max Nagl,
Germany, 132
14. Kornel Nemeth, Hungary, 80
15. Markus Schiffer,
Germany, 71
18. James Noble, Britain, 48