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Indoor Trail Championships Barcelona race report

FIM Indoor Trial World Championship Raga reaffirms his leadership in the world championship in front of 13.500 spectators. Barcelona, 1st February of 2004 - Last night, the Gas Gas rider, Adam Raga, was the winner of the XXVII Trial Indoor...

FIM Indoor Trial World Championship
Raga reaffirms his leadership in the world championship in front of 13.500 spectators.

Barcelona, 1st February of 2004 - Last night, the Gas Gas rider, Adam Raga, was the winner of the XXVII Trial Indoor Pal Arinsal - Ordino Arcalís of Barcelona, the sixth race of the FIM Indoor World Championship. It's the third consecutive win achieved by this young rider from Ulldecona (Tarragona), that debuted in Barcelona three years ago, and has the print stamp of Jordi Tarrés with him, the person who discovered him and he acts as his personal coacher. Raga takes now 10 points of advantage in the overall classification from Lampkin: "The fact is that Lampkin hasn't had his night. Let's hope the rest of the circuit would be as demanding as this event. I've been very concentrated the whole time. Psychologically, it's very hard being 21 and had to defend the leadership from guys like Lampkin, Freixa or Cabestany".

Adam Raga (Gas Gas) was magnificent in the first round that finished with 9 penalties. He lost one of the two races and he executed one of the most spectacular high jumps. The circuit of this 6th event, designed by Francesc Tarrés, had 11 sections, plus two races and one high jump. In the first section, Raga was the single rider to achieve a better result than 5 points, like the rest of the rivals did.

Marc Freixa (Repsol Montesa-HRC) finished the first lap in a brilliant way, a useful performance that allow him to take part in the Final Lap and achieve an important second place in Barcelona and his first podium position the indoor world championship. The Catalan rider was very proud of achieving this result, which he hopes repeat it from now on: " In the trainings I have always gone very well, but the results never show up in the races. I am very proud to achieve this podium in a place like Barcelona." The rider from Sant Pere de Torelló has scaled one position in the overall, being fifth.

Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa-HRC) was third, finishing the Final Lap with 33 points. For the Japanese rider this have been a very complicated day and the third place hasn't been much good for him.

Undoubtedly Albert Cabestany and Doug Lampkin haven't obtained the expected results. Cabestany has classified in 5th place, behind the rider of Montesa-HRC. Both have been out of the Play-Off, and this selective track has got up their nose.

Overall Standings (After Barcelona): Adam Raga, 54 pt, 2º Doug Lampkin, 44 pt, 3º Takahisa Fujinami, 38 pt; 4º Albert Cabestany, 29 pt; 5º Marc Freixa, 26 pt; 6º Graham Jarvis, 26 pt.

F-1 Season's preview in the box of authorities

February is one of the busiest months for all the F-1 drivers and Barcelona's Paddock looks like a real GP, concentrating almost all the F-1 teams. Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gené, both drivers of the BMW-WilliamsF-1 team, were in the stands enjoying of the show, as well as the Mclaren test drivers Alex Wurz (who has recently bought a house nearby Barcelona) and Pedro de la Rosa. De la Rosa and Montoya love trial and both have some trial bikes in their garages. The drivers visited the boxes and had plenty time to discuss with all the riders.

The "Piloto de Año As-Solo Moto" Awards for Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.

The popular weekly magazine Solo Moto and daily sports newspaper presented their awards to the driver of the year 2003 during the event. Valentino Rossi was elected as the best 2003 rider outside Spain while Dani Pedrosa got the National award. The winners of the other categories: enduro, MX and Trial were: Juha Salminen and Nani Roma, Stefan Everts and Javier García Vico, Doug Lampkin and Adam Raga.

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