In a tough race, with three crashes and front wheel repairs on lap four, rider Ruy Barbosa (Phoenix Racing Honda) rose to third in the XC2 category ranking for 250cc bikes from the United States to the last date. Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC).
With a performance in the eleventh race of the most complex and longest North American tournament in the world (it lasts 3 hours), Barbosa achieved the goal of placing on the podium for the 2022 Championships which is made up of 13 stations on the west coast. Of America.
With a reliable fourth place this Sunday in Millfield, West Virginia, Barbosa managed to shorten his predecessor’s lead in a year that wasn’t easy for the 23-year-old Chilean driver, who started well but was in the middle. In the 2011 season he suffered injuries that caused him loss and his abandonment (7th). However, he recovered and was back at the leader’s level in recent races with three consecutive podium finishes.
After the eleventh date, the rankings were: 1st Lyndon Snodgrass (Australia) with 231 points, 2nd Rider Lafferty (USA) with 193, Third Ruy Barbosa (Chile) with 192, Michael Witkowski (United States) fourth with 190 and 5th Cody Barnes (United States) with 175.
“It was a very tough race, I had three super hard crashes, I broke the front wheel and had to stop to fix it. It was a catastrophe. I was going with insured third place… The reason is my shoulders are very complicated. The positive thing is that I scored very important points to move up in the championship and I beat those I had to win. Now we have to give it my all for the last two dates”, said Pilot in Salisbury Comment from your home.
The next round of the GNCC Championship will take place on October 8-9 at Buckwheat 100 Speedway in Newburgh, West Virginia.
“I would risk everything to be runner-up in the last two races, because the Australian had gone too far. Despite injuries and the fact that I left a race due to mechanical failure, I have recovered a lot so far I started the season very well and now I’m in a position to be among the leaders again, so what I’ve done so far makes me happy, but my goal is to be second at least this year Next time I’ll be back for the title”, said the Honda rider.
The national rider competes in the United States GNCC Championships under the auspices of Phoenix Racing, Kopec, Starcan, Garmin, Honda Chili, Biosano, Mindep-Ind, Red Bull and Ruy Barbosa Motos.