09/02/2014 - A finish with a bitter taste for Team Gas Gas in the fifth round of the SuperEnduro World Championship held in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, with Dani Gibert outside of his usual positions.
Dani Gibert and Oriol Mena participated in the finals of the fifth round of the SuperEnduro World Championship that was held at the Palau Sant Jordi Olympic Stadium in Barcelona. In the fifteenth edition of the Barcelona Indoor Enduro, and before 11,000 spectators, Gibert and Mena struggled to get good results. However, the track was very slippery, making it difficult for all riders to maintain a good rhythm which is needed to achieve a good final classification. ?In the first and third races, Gibert finished in tenth position having gained several positions after a poor start. In the second race he could not excel and finished in fourteenth place.
In the SoloMoto Off Road Challenge, the best Gas Gas rider was Arnau Lopez, sporting sponsorship by MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro, who did not miss the traditional event at the Palau Sant Jordi. Two other Gas Gas riders qualified for the final of the Challenge, they were trial riders Nacho Fernández and Isaac Pons, who won the race for the final play-off. Meanwhile, Oriol Mena wanted to participate in the SuperEnduro although it is not a specialty in which he stands out. After two thirteenth place finishes, in the final he ended in eleventh place. Melcior Faja was on the verge of qualifying, but in the finals he tangled with a rival when he was in a good position to pass and went unrewarded. Meanwhile Dani Oliveras, the Dakar newcomer, explained his situation as exhaustion and lack of training in a specialty as demanding as SuperEnduro.
The sixth and final round of the SuperEnduro World Championship takes place in the French city of Tours on Saturday, February 22nd.
DANI GIBERT?"I didn't do as badly as expected. Admittedly, today the racing has not left me with anything right in any of the three finals. I wanted to fight for the podium, but I saw that it was impossible. I wanted to do well at home, but it has not been possible. At the beginning of the season, I showed that it was possible to be there, but now it has left me, I do not have it. I hope that in the last race in France, I have a chance to do better."
"Actually, Indoor Enduro is not my specialty and I could not prepare much because it was almost a last minute decision, but I'm happy because the idea was to enjoy this and have fun. I was able to enter the final race, and the final results were not as important as the fact that I could train a little, and to be with the home-crowd who support us. Enduro is going through difficult times and I wanted to be there. I thank the team and sponsors who make it possible for me to be here. Now I prepare for the enduro."
"I've been a bit unlucky. I had all the enthusiasm to reach the final. I had good rhythm, I pushed and was second in qualifying, when someone tapped me from behind and ... it's over. The track was more technical than other years. Very slippery and you had to do very well. We are about to perfect it."?