9,000 people packed the Valdemorillo track on Saturday to enjoy the very first edition of the Red Bull Give Me Five, an innovative motocross competition. American rider Ryan Dungey took revenge for his defeat at last weekend’s Motocross of Nations and beat Italy’s Tony Cairoli and France’s Marvin Musquin to the highest step of the rostrum. “This is an incredible racing format, you win or loose everything in such a short time. The last lap was amazing, as I could overtake Musquin, but I also felt Cairoli getting closer. In the end I could keep them at bay and win,” said Dungey after the race. The Italian ace was second and the French third, after posting the fastest time in the morning practice session.
In the Pro Competition, Jonathan Barragán and José Butrón represented Spain, and both were disqualified in the semi finals. Butrón was responsible for the controversial repechage race before the Final. After leading the race, a clash with French rider Jordi Tixier resulted in both riders falling down, leaving the way totally free to Dylan Ferrandis, who got the last spot in the Final.
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Alongside the Pro Competition, the 85cc rounds were held. Spaniard Jorge Prado proved once more his prowess on the bike and won the final 11 seconds ahead of Denmark’s Mikkel Haarup and Finland’s Kim Savaste. “I really loved this racing format, I felt very comfortable at all times. It’s very different to what we usually do and you approach the event differently,” claimed the 12-year-old rider, already a 65cc World and European Champion.
The Red Bull Give Me Five gathered the best MX riders in the world in Spain for the first time. The spectators not only enjoyed the races but also were close to the riders and even had the chance to admire the skills of Aerobatic Paragliding World Champion Horacio Llorens and FMX star Maikel Melero, one of the international riders of the hour.