Glen Helen, USA - Race report
Barragan overcomes illness for 8th in California
MX1, Glen Helen, USA, 16 May 2011
Jonathan Barragan overcame a week of illness to maintain his top 8 world ranking with 8th place in the third round of the FIM World MX1 Motocross Championship at Glen Helen in California. The Spaniard had been taken ill the previous weekend and suffered from erratic breathing, the long flight from Europe to the Pacific coastline certainly affecting his physical strength, for many years one of his great assets. A poor getaway in the opening race left Jonathan 12th at the completion of the opening lap but he bravely battled for the entire race to be rewarded with 9th place at the chequered flag. He improved on this with a battling 8th placed ride throughout race two and will now concentrate on regaining full fitness before the next leg of the overseas tour in Brazil next weekend.

His Kawasaki Racing Team colleague Xavier Boog also battled hard all weekend without attaining the results which his efforts deserved. An early fall in the first moto after gating in the top 12 restricted the Frenchman to 14th at the finish despite a strong resurgence during the closing stages; he followed this up with a 10th placed finish in race two.

The weekend started well for the Kawasaki Bud Racing team as Gregory Aranda, returning to the GP stage from pre-season injury, immediately posted the fastest time during the Pre-Qualifying practice but his recent lack of race experience inevitably took its toll during the racing. However he battled bravely to 11 championship points to indicate that he will soon be a force to be reckoned with on the world stage again.

Teammate Davide Guarneri faced a difficult weekend after crashing so heavily during the first practice session that he broke his helmet and suffered slight concussion. He too battled bravely on to chase through the field for 13th place in race one but was restricted to 16th in the second race after tensing up and suffering the inevitable tiredness.

Jonathan Barragan: "I didn't felt so well when I came here, as last Saturday in Spain I was sick and went to the hospital; I got some treatment, but it was impossible for me to breathe normally this weekend. The track was a little bit strange with many lines before the big jumps, but in general I liked it. In the first race I simply made a bad start, but I was able to fight back through to ninth place by the finish. With an eighth place in the second race I took some good points in both races and expect to be feeling in better condition next week in Brazil."

Xavier Boog: "I can't say that I'm satisfied with my results today, I'm not here to battle for a tenth position. We've worked this winter to score podiums, and at the moment it's just not happening. On Saturday I crashed during the qualifying race and fell on my left shoulder; it was painful but it didn't bother me for the races. In the first moto I had a good rhythm and was in the top twelve, but I crashed and lost a lot of positions. The track was rougher for the second race and I had a better race to finish tenth."

Davide Guarneri: "Everything went wrong for me right from the first practice session, when I crashed hard, broke my helmet and suffered a slight concussion. Then in the qualifying race I crashed again and had to pull out, so I had a bad choicer of gate for the main races and I was in pain everywhere in my body. I fought through to thirteenth in the first race, and I felt stronger in the second moto but I was riding too stiff and after twenty minutes I started to feel tired. Now I will fly to Brazil on Tuesday, but I need to rest and recover before this event."

Gregory Aranda: "I was surprised to get the pole position in the pre qualifying session, but unfortunately I didn't got a good start in the qualifying race. In the races I had arm pump and it was impossible to push; I didn't have so many races during the last month and it was my first Grand Prix this season, so I am am sure that my results will improve in the coming races."
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