20.06.2011  
MX1, La Baneza, Spain
Barragan thrills the home fans in SpainJonathan Barragan put in his best race since the FIM MX1 World Championship opener as he challenged for a podium finish in his home GP at La Baneza in northern Spain.
The Spanish fans had flocked to this new GP venue to cheer on the Kawasaki Racing Team star from Madrid and were already rewarded in the opening moto as he charged up the leaderboard from a 12th placed start to finish 9th, a fine achievement on the rapid circuit where overtaking proved difficult all weekend. Having warmed to the enthusiastic crowd Jonathan went even better in race two as he stormed through from an initial 6th place to hold down third for many laps before losing out narrowly to two championship challengers in the closing laps to finish an excellent 5th.

Teammate Xavier Boog again showed good speed all weekend but mistakes in both GP motos cost him valuable points on his way to an eventual 10th overall. The start proved vital on the one-lined track and despite setting some of the fastest laps of the race in the final stages of race one, an early crash ruined his chances as he found himself 10th at the finish, just seven seconds from the rider in 5th position. Finding it difficult to settle into a consistent rhythm in the second race the Frenchman again gave himself a lot of work to do in race two, but he knuckled down to the task well and made several significant advances during the closing stages, passing first moto winner Frossard on the final lap of the race to finish 8th.

Davide Guarneri, the lone representative of Kawasaki Bud Racing in this GP, proved that he is rapidly rebuilding his speed after a string of injuries during the early GPs. Already on Saturday he had stomed to 8th place in the qualification race, but his hopes of a repeat were dashed in the opening GP moto as he made a poor start; showing his fighting spirit he battled away to pass ten rivals before the chequered flag for a highly respectable 12th place. Hopes of a better score in race two after starting 12th were dashed when he crashed heavily in the rhythm section and the bike was so badly damaged that he was unable to continue.

Jonathan Barragan: "It was great to race for a podium result in the second moto with the support of my fans; we have all seen this year that the start is the key to the race and I had one of my best starts so far this year in that race. It was even more difficult to pass here as the track was tight, and it's good for the entire team to have a top five result in the second moto. The first race was more difficult; there are so many fast riders and with a start around 12th position it was tough to come back ninth. It's my best result since the opening round of the series, but now I go to Sweden in two weeks with confidence; I have good memories of the Uddevalla track so it will be nice to go there again."

Xavier Boog: "I had a good qualifying race on Saturday, but my races on Sunday were not as good. I just couldn't get out of the start here and during the first few laps of the first moto I had a crash which cost me three positions so I finished tenth. In the second moto I made several small mistakes early on; later I found a good rhythm and posted consistent laps but it's always difficult to find somewhere to pass on such a tricky track. I have finished the last eight races in the top ten; now I would like to be as consistent but in the top five."

Davide Guarneri: "I was happy with my speed in the qualifying race yesterday; I battled with Frossard and Bobryshev to finish eighth. My first start was not good at all, I was 22nd after one lap but I found good lines to fight back to twelfth after a strong ride. My second start was better and I was twelfth until I did a mistake and crashed in the waves section. It was a big crash, and the bike was badly too damaged to continue."
 
   
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