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GASGAS MOTORCYCLES MAY 2021 RACING NEWS


GASGAS FACTORY RACING DELIVERS EDGE OF THE SEAT PERFORMANCE AT THE MOTO3™ DOHA GP

Izan Guevara 2021 Moto3 Qatar 2


GASGAS GAVIOTA ASPAR’S IZAN GUEVARA HAULS 10 POINTS; CHARGES BACK FROM WARM UP CRASH FINISHES SIXTH IN TISSOT GRAND PRIX OF DOHA


Junior Moto3 Champion Izan Guevara finishes sixth after dramatic high speed spill during the race warm up
Sergio Garcia battled into the top ten from a pit lane start but denied points after a spill on the penultimate lap ultimately placing him 23rd
Both GASGAS Gaviota Aspar Team riders are now focused on an exciting European tour opener in Portimao in two weeks time

As the sun set on the Losail International Circuit, the Moto3 World Championship’s middle east tour showdown truly sent pulses racing. Blistering lap speeds, last minute crashes and jaw dropping racing all punctuated the 18 lap event – not least for the GASGAS Gaviota Aspar Team aboard their all-new GASGAS RC 250 GP race bikes.

Former FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Champion Izan Guevara displayed his hardcore credentials after bouncing back from a shocking high speed crash during Sunday’s race warm- up. The 16-year old rookie sensation qualified 8th on the grid, but was caught out by the unpredictable gusts through the fast right hander of turn 5 at Losail. After being declared fit to race following examination in the circuit’s medical centre the 16-year old was back on the grid determined as ever.

Throughout the race Guevara lapped consistently in the mid-pack, where on track battles saw him go bar-to-bar with his rivals, often five abreast down the 1km pit straight. With pin-point accuracy Guevara slip-streamed his way into sixth on the final lap, closing out an action packed two consecutive weekends in fine style.

Team mate and former Moto3 Grand Prix winner Sergio Garcia had initially qualified on the front row for Sunday’s race just 0.099 seconds off pole position. However after a penalty was issued involving Garcia and six other riders, for slowing down during free practice, the 18 year old rider was forced to start from the pitlane.

Despite starting the race with a deficit of more than 9 seconds, Garcia worked hard to reel in the main pack by almost 1.5 seconds per lap, showing the kind of form that had put him in podium placing contention during qualifying. Unfortunately on the penultimate lap Garcia also fell victim to the near 33km/h wind gusts and dusty off-line conditions, and suffered a small crash, dropping him to 23rd.

Looking ahead, both Guevara, Garcia, and the crew of the GASGAS Gaviota Aspar Team are now focussed on a return to European soil with the next round of the Moto3 World Championship hosted at the Portimão Circuit, in the heart of Portugal’s Algarve on April 14. Watch this space.

28 – Izan Guevara: “I went to the track with a lot of pain in my back, and I did what I could today. In fact it felt like a miracle just to be out there racing, after the big crash in warm up. Today was a big group race and very very close, as is usual in Moto3. It was hard for me to overtake people because I couldn’t move around on the bike as quickly as I wanted to. Towards the end I thought ‘come on, one last push’ and to be honest I’m quite happy with how it finished after the day had started in warm-up. I got into a good rhythm but the crash really meant I didn’t have the best feeling that I wanted on the bike. I’ll take a few days to rest now but I’m already excited to race again when we go to Portugal.”

11 – Sergio Garcia: “Today was very exciting – it was such a fast race with a lot of position swapping between a lot of riders. For sure I really enjoyed the race and the challenge to racing from the back, even if it is extra difficult with the pit lane start. I thought towards the end of the race that we could really rescue the weekend with a good result. Unfortunately it was really disappointing to have that crash on the last lap. I was in a decent place but I didn’t feel super-great with the bike today and really had to push. This is racing though and we’ll go again in Portimao!”

Jorge Martinez (GASGAS Gaviota Aspar Team Manager): “A really exciting Moto3 race! It was a shame that Sergio had to start from the pitlane but he made a great comeback and was then unlucky to fall so close to the finish. He made a race that deserved to be rewarded with a top five finish. Izan has such a heavy crash in warm-up that we thought he wouldn’t be able to ride but he entered the race, suffered with the pain and we couldn’t ask more than his sixth place today.”

Results – 2021 Moto3 FIM World Championship, Round 2:

  1. Pedro Acosta (KTM) 18 laps, 2. Darryn Binder (Honda) +0.039, 3. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) +0.482, 6. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) +0.708, 23. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) +41.914

Championship Standings – After Round 2:

  1. Pedro Acosta (KTM) 45pts; 2. Darryn Binder (Honda) 36; 3. Jaume Masia (KTM) 32; 5. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 19; 8. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 13

BARCIA RALLIES THROUGH A TOUGH NIGHT TO CAPTURE A TOP-10 IN ATLANTA


TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING BACK ON THE GAS WITH AMA SUPERCROSS


The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team enjoyed a three-rider lineup at Saturday’s Atlanta Supercross as Justin Barcia was joined by 250SX teammate Pierce Brown and special guest rider Ryan Sipes at the world renown Atlanta Motor Speedway. With lots of anticipation surrounding the series’ return to racing after two-weeks off, the day wasn’t without its challenges thanks to the tenacious combo of rainfall and the slick Georgia clay. In the 450SX class, Barcia fought through the lingering effects of a gnarly heat race crash to salvage a top-10 on the night, while Brown and Sipes got a little extra seat time on their way to the 250SX Main Event.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team fielded three riders at Round 13 in Atlanta
Justin Barcia experienced a big crash while leading the heat race, receiving stiches in his lip
Pierce Brown returned from injury with a solid ride in the 250SX class
Due to the rain all practice sessions were combined into one qualifier, giving riders less opportunities to master the all-new track but that didn’t stop Barcia from getting on the gas right away as he assumed the early lead in the heat race aboard his MC 450F. While out front, Barcia experienced a spectacle of a crash that took him down hard on the second lap. Despite taking a hit to the face, he got up and pushed through to salvage a seventh-place transfer into the main. Barcia received medical attention after the heat, including stitches in his lip, before heading to the line for the Main Event. He didn’t get off to a great start in the main but he rallied up to 12th by the halfway point and he held on to secure a top-10 finish for the night.

Barcia: “It was a tough day for sure. I felt good at the start of the heat race but unfortunately, I had a crash early on that roughed me up pretty good. Luckily, I was able to salvage a qualifying position and get my lip all stitched up before the main but I was definitely feeling the effects from the crash all night. We’ll try to use the next couple days to recover and get back at it on Tuesday.”

Barcia: “It was a tough day for sure. I felt good at the start of the heat race but unfortunately, I had a crash early on that roughed me up pretty good. Luckily, I was able to salvage a qualifying position and get my lip all stitched up before the main but I was definitely feeling the effects from the crash all night. We’ll try to use the next couple days to recover and get back at it on Tuesday.”

Team rider Pierce Brown returned to racing after missing the last three rounds due to a thumb injury. In 250SX Heat 2, Brown went down in the first turn and was forced to come through the pack early on. He battled as far up as 12th but it wasn’t enough to make the Main Event cutoff so he lined up in the LCQ for one last shot. He grabbed a fourth-place start aboard his MC 250F and quickly moved into third, where he carried a third-place transfer into the Main Event. With a far outside starting position, Brown found himself as far back as 17th on the opening lap and he shuffled positions the first few laps. He eventually worked his way up to ninth with two laps to go and he maintained through the checkers to score a top-10 finish in his first race back.

Brown: “The day ended up decent for how it started. In the main, I was too far outside and didn’t get the start I needed but I pushed the whole time and ended up ninth. I almost had eighth but I gave it everything I had and I can go to bed tonight happy knowing that I left everything on the track. We’re definitely looking to improve for the next two Atlantas.”

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team welcomed Ryan Sipes back to SX on Saturday as he piloted the MC 250F in the 250 class. Sipes put down a heater in the qualifying session to earn himself fourth overall heading into the day’s racing. He had some bad luck off the start of his heat race and he charged his way up from the back of the pack to just miss the Main Event transfer by one spot. In the LCQ, Sipes cued off his teammate Brown to finish fourth and ultimately secure the final gate in the big show. The “all-arounder” put in a solid ride throughout the Main Event to come away with 12th overall in only his second race of the season.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team will dive right back into racing on Tuesday, April 13 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 13

450SX – Main Event

  1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 12 laps; 2. Chase Sexton (Honda) +06.669; 3. Cooper Webb (KTM) +16.864 …10. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +33.534

250SX West – Main Event

  1. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha) 9 laps; 2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) +11.677; 3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) +28.108 …9. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) +56.499; 12. Ryan Sipes (GASGAS) +1:06.310; 13. Chris Blose (GASGAS) +1:09.482; 19. Derek Kelley (GASGAS) +1:34.528

Championship Standings – After Round 13

450SX

  1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 296pts; 2. Ken Roczen (Honda) 274; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 260; 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 227

250SX West

  1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 131pts; 2. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 127; 3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 118 …9. Chris Blose (GASGAS) 78; 16. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 35; 26. Ryan Sipes (GASGAS) 13

FOUR WORLD-CLASS RACERS SET TO CHASE GLORY

GASGAS 2021 MX Team
GASGAS 2021 MX Team Shoot

We might have to wait a little longer than we’d hoped, but we’re ready to get this started! As we count down the days to the start of our second season of bar-banging FIM Motocross World Championship action, we’re excited that we’ll soon get to see our four super-talented racers fly the GASGAS flag. Handling business in the MXGP class, and looking for a little redemption, will be Pauls Jonass alongside our second 450-class newcomer Brian Bogers. In MX2, things will be taken care of by the hard-charging Isak Gifting and our young German hotshot Simon Langenfelder.

Representing GASGAS Motorcycles in the MXGP division, the Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing team has enlisted an all-new rider line-up for 2021. Former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass is joined by Dutchman Brian Bogers, and we’re confident this formidable pairing is capable of strong results throughout the upcoming season.

Despite missing much of the 2020 season due to injury, Pauls has made a quick transition to our MC 450F and has spent the winter busting out the laps in Spain in readiness for the 2021 MXGP World Championship. Feeling confident in both himself and with his new bike, the Latvian looks to return to his 2019 speed, which saw him climb onto the overall MXGP podium three times en route to finishing sixth in the final series standings.

The highly capable Brian Bogers put together an impressive 2020 MXGP World Championship season, which didn’t go unnoticed. Now, with the Dutchman armed with a full factory GASGAS MC 450F, we’re confident of supporting Brian reach the next level and believe he’ll be knocking on the door of the top five throughout the 2021 series.

In the MX2 class, Isak Gifting returns to the DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Racing team for his first full season of world championship competition. He’ll be joined by Simon Langenfelder, another super-talented racer who frustratingly had his 2020 campaign cut short due to injury.

Since joining the DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Racing team as a fill-in rider last year, Isak Gifting has certainly impressed on the MC 250F. The super-Swede claimed a couple of MX2 moto podiums, ending the season with a strong run of results. Carrying that momentum into the winter months, the 20-year-old has enjoyed his first off-season as part of an official team and has fully embraced the opportunity to better himself ahead of the 2021 season. With the modest goal of achieving consistent top-10 results, Isak has the speed to challenge for the podium on a weekly basis.

Simon Langenfelder returns for his second season of racing in the MX2 World Championship aboard GASGAS machinery. The young German showed huge potential in 2020 with his season highlighted by a fifth-place moto finish at round two, before placing ninth overall at the MXGP of Riga just two rounds later. Spending much of the off-season focused on his riding technique and improving his overall speed, Simon is now poised to break into the top 10 on a regular basis in 2021.

Scheduled to start on June 13 in Russia, the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship consists of 19 rounds across the globe. Our racers will face the harshest of conditions, tough competitors, and experience bar-to-bar racing at each event with the champions crowned in Indonesia on December 5.

GASGAS 2021 MX Team Pauls Jonass

Pauls Jonass: “A new team for me this year and I’m really excited to be racing on a GASGAS! The Standing Construct team have had a lot of success in the past and they’re really professional, so I’m aiming to achieve strong results with them this season. Everything has been great so far and I feel like I fit in the team really well. I returned to riding in November and since then I’ve just been building and building and I’m in a really good place now with the bike and my fitness. If we can continue like this then my top-five speed will return, and I believe that I can push for the podium again. It’s not going to be easy but with how I’m feeling and with the progress we have made, it’s an achievable goal. We have a little bit of time until round one so until then we will keep working and learning. The goal for the year is to remain injury-free and be in the battle consistently every weekend. If we can do that then it will put us in a good place at the end of the season.”

GASGAS 2021 MX Team Brian  Bogers

Brian Bogers: “It’s been an easy transition for me going into the Standing Construct team. They are really organized, very professional and great people to work with. They already had a very good base setting for the bike, so I’ve not needed to do a lot of testing because the bike is already amazing. We did make some small changes for comfort mostly, so it’s been great to just ride and focus on my training both on and off the bike. With the calendar changes we have made a different training schedule in the lead up to round one but either way, I’ll be ready for the opening round. I have a really good team behind me, and they have given me the confidence to reach the next level so I will be pushing for stronger results in 2021.”

GASGAS 2021 MX Team Isak Gifting

Isak Gifting: “I’m really excited for this year having spent a full off-season with the team, preparing for the season ahead. It was something new for me and I know that all the work that we have done will really help me when we start racing. We’ve spent a lot of time testing suspension settings and the bike is a really big improvement on last year. It was good last year but now, after spending all winter refining the bike, I feel the best I ever have on it. There is a little bit of pressure on me this season as the team and myself know that I can be on the podium, but I’m keeping my feet on the ground. The goals for this year are to be regularly inside the top 10, podium more often, and be more consistent. I think that on sand tracks I can push for wins. I’m realistic and know that it won’t be easy but with the progress that I’ve made with my preparation over the winter, and the improvements to the bike, I believe that I can achieve my goals this season.”

GASGAS 2021 MX Team Simon Langenfelder

Simon Langenfelder: “It’s been a really productive winter for me. I recovered from my injury and then began testing with the team in December. We have some new parts on the bike for this season, so we spent some time finding the best set-up and we made some really good progress. The bike is improved a lot compared to last year. We’ve also ridden in a lot of different countries on many different surfaces, to test the bike in different conditions and it’s been really positive. On a personal level, I’ve worked on my technique as well. I’m using the clutch a lot less now, so this has helped with my momentum in corners. I’ve also focused on improving my fitness as well. I scored a couple of top-10 results in 2020 so my focus is on being a consistent top-10 rider in each and every race this year, and I feel like I can push for top fives as well. I’m excited to start the season. I feel really good on the bike and my fitness has never been better. I’m looking forward to a great season of racing.”

Robert Jonas – VP Motorsports Offroad: “Starting our second season of MXGP racing is a really exciting time for GASGAS. Last year, we achieved a lot of success including a GP win. This year, we believe that our riders can challenge for more wins and be at the front of the field in both classes. We have an all-new rider line-up in the MXGP class for 2021, and led by former world champion Pauls Jonass we’re really looking forward to seeing what they can do on the MC 450F. Alongside Pauls, Brian Bogers showed incredible consistency and scored some really good results in 2020 – we feel that we can help guide Brian to even better things in 2021. In MX2, we have two very exciting riders, Isak Gifting and Simon Langenfelder. Isak was a revelation after he filled in for the team last season after Simon got injured, and he scored our first podium results in MX2. His all-action riding style fits the GASGAS brand perfectly and I can’t wait to see him race this year. Simon returns to the team for his second season in MX2. He showed a lot of potential last year with many outstanding results before his injury, so he’ll be one to watch. Overall, GASGAS are in a very good place to challenge for more success in 2021. We believe in the riders and believe that they can take GASGAS to the very top in MXGP.”

Calendar – 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship

Round 1: 13 Jun MXGP of Russia – Orlyonok

Round 2: 27 Jun MXGP of Great Britain – Matterley Basin

Round 3: 4 Jul MXGP of Italy – Maggiora

Round 4: 11 Jul MXGP of Latvia – Kegums

Round 5: 18 Jul MXGP of The Netherlands – Oss

Round 6: 25 Jul MXGP of Czech Republic – Loket

Round 7: 1 Aug MXGP of Flanders-Belgium – Lommel

Round 8: 15 Aug MXGP of Sweden – Uddevalla

Round 9: 22 Aug MXGP of Finland – Iitti-KymiRing

Round 10: 5 Sep MXGP of Turkey – Afyonkarahisar

Round 11: 19 Sep MXGP of Sardegna (ITA) – Riola Sardo

Round 12: 3 Oct MXGP of Germany – Teutschenthal

Round 13: 10 Oct MXGP of France – TBA

Round 14: 17 Oct MXGP of Spain – intu Xanadu – Arroyomolinos

Round 15: 24 Oct MXGP of Portugal – Agueda

Round 16: 31 Oct MXGP of Trentino (ITA) – Pietramurata

Round 17: 14 Nov MXGP of Argentina – TBA

Round 18: 28 Nov MXGP of Asia – (Indonesia) – Borobudur Round 19: 5 Dec MXGP of Indonesia – Bali

EXCITING EUROPEAN RETURN FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING

Izan Guevara 2021 Moto3 Portugal
Izan Guevara

GARCIA TOP FINISHER AS GRAND PRIX VISITS PORTIMAO

The European leg of the 2021 Moto3 World Championship season is go at full speed, with GASGAS Gaviota Aspar riders Sergio Garcia and Izan Guevara battling through absolutely edge of the seat racing at the Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve; narrowly missing out on a podium and points haul.

Like an asphalt roller coaster winding through the heart of the Algarve, there are few places better suited to celebrate the opening European-season-race of the 2021 Moto3 World Championship. While the Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve greeted the GASGAS Gaviota Aspar team with slightly cooler temperatures – around 5°C less on track – compared to the previous two races in the desert, there was no cooling of the white hot battles around the 4.6km (2.8mile) Portuguese track.

Former Moto3 Grand Prix winner Sergio Garcia was on top form coming into the 2021 Grande Prémio 888 De Portugal. The 18-year old showed blistering pace, qualifying in fourth position, just 0.198 of a second off the front row. Better still, Garcia made an awesome start to the 21 lap race, carving through Portimão’s stunning motocross-like-layout with laser guided precision and getting into podium contention within the first two laps. Frequently trading places with championship leader Pedro Acosta, and pole sitter Andrea Migno.

Garcia looked on course for at least a third place podium – and the associated 16 points – but unfortunately fate dealt a cruel hand on the last lap. Entering turn three rival rider Andrea Migno dived up the inside of Sergio and came into contact with him with his elbows and knees. Using all of his skill Garcia kept his GASGAS RC 250 GP bike upright, however the momentum and speed had been scrubbed off and he eventually crossed the line in eighth.

Meanwhile Junior Moto3 Champion Izan Guevara fell victim to a racing incident between two riders on lap seven. While lapping with consistent speed in the mid-pack, the 16-year old was given nowhere to go, as rival Kaito Toba dived down the inside of Niccolò Antonelli at the apex of turn three. The resulting crash collected Guevara and ended his race. Thankfully the Spanish rider was unhurt, and he vows to bounce back stronger in front of his home crowd in a fortnight’s time.

Now that Moto3 is back on European soil, Sergio, Izan and the GASGAS Gaviota Aspar Team won’t have long to wait before having another chance to battle the competition; with round four of the championship set for just under two weeks time at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez on May 2.

#11 – Sergio Garcia:“Compared to the times we have been doing this weekend, today was a really fast race. It is such a pity about the touch I had from behind me on the last lap at turn three. I almost crashed, but it ruined my race then because I was 3rd or 4th with options to fight for the podium. I had the speed all of today, and made a good start. The battles were really good fun during the race but very close. Like I said I had options to fight for the podium, but now I have to focus on bringing more speed when we go to Jerez in two weeks.”

#28 – Izan Guevara: “The race was going well until I had that contact with another rider. I’d made up distance quite well and was with the front group. I had a good rhythm and was running in the low 48s. The bike was also working better, and it was more comfortable for me today. I’m not sure if I could have gone for the podium but I was pushing hard to be there. With six-seven laps done it was over. There was nothing I could do and I had to finish the race with a bent handlebar. I will push to come back as strong as I can at Jerez.”

Jorge Martinez (GASGAS Gaviota Aspar Team Manager): “This was a really fast race, much more than we were expecting. Sergio was right in the hunt for the win and the podium until the last lap. It was a shame that Migno pushed to the inside and made contact with him with his elbow and knee. At least he could save the crash and finish the race, which is very important. Overall it is a shame for Sergio. The same feeling for Izan; he had made a great comeback, but Toba fell in front of him and he had nowhere to go. It was a complicated situation with a lot of contact. We’ll now hope for a much better race at our home Grand Prix in Jerez.”

Results – 2021 Moto3 FIM World Championship, Round 3:

1. Pedro Acosta (KTM) 21 laps; 2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) +0.051, 3. Andrea Migno (Honda)

+0.584, 8. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS), +1.245… 23. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) +1’08.552 Championship Standings – After Round 3:

1. Pedro Acosta (KTM) 70pts; 2. Jaume Masia (KTM) 39; 3. Darryn Binder (KTM) 36; 8. Sergio

Garcia (GASGAS) 21; 11. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 19

TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING WRAPS UP ATLANTA SX WITH A TOP 5 FROM JUSTIN BARCIA

PIERCE BROWN DELIVERS A POSITIVE PERFORMANCE DESPITE END RESULT