HIGHLIGHTS – BASSELLA CLASSIC 2015
One of the biggest races on the Spanish calendar, the sixth edition of the Bassella Classic mixed extreme, enduro and a hell of a lot of bikes together for one big party weekend…
Always spectacular the Bassella Xtreme was split into a two-part race for 2015. In the opening race it was Alfredo Gomez who led Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco ) and Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) to take the top spot with Alex Salvini (Honda) jumping into the mix to take fourth and Victor Guerrero (KTM) fifth.
BASSELLA RACE 1
Jaume Betriu got his first win in the Bassella Race 1 beating competitors to the top step of the podium. Fending off a tough fight from Oriol Mena, Betriu took the win with Josep Garcia third.
Low temperatures ensured tricky conditions for the sixth edition of Bassella Race 1. Hardened ground conditions caught numerous riders off guard with almost everyone sampling their fair share of dirt.
At the head of the 358-strong pack Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) and Oriol Mena (Beta) battled it out for the entire two laps Betriu finally crossing the finish line in first place with a time of two hours 49 minutes.
According Betriu, no strategy to pit has been one of the keys to his victory.
“We decided to refuel before the end of the first lap, to avoid having to pit and that gave us a big advantage on Oriol for the second lap.”
Delivering the most impressive performance was 125cc mounted Josep Garcia (Husqvarna). Consistent throughout the race he completed the third step of the podium with a time of two hours 53 minutes.
Ramon Quer (Beta) and Jordan Curvalle (Sherco) completed the top five.
As always, the Friends category offered a spectacular and massive output with 467 pilots, opting to complete a single lap to travel 70km. Xavier Castey (Gas Gas) added another victory to his tally with a time of 1hr 41 and also became the first winner of the Michelin Challenge. Andrés Cebrian (Husaberg) and José Payan (Husaberg) have accompanied him on the podium in second and third place respectively.