Over 10,000 spectators went crazy with a supercross of the highest level. American Justin Bogle (KTM) won both SX1 finals as Frenchmen Nicolas Aubin (Suzuki) and Cédric Soubeyras (Husqvarna) completed the podium.
The 2019 FIM freestyle motocross world champion, German Luc Ackermann, landed the first frontflip ever seen in Barcelona. Tom Pagès turned the Palau Sant Jordi upside down with an amazing repertoire of jumps with the signature of who is the undisputed world no 1.
Antonio José Pallarés and Alejandro Campoy triumph in the Kawasaki Team Green Cup, while Gerard Congost (KTM) dominates the SX125 category in style.
Frenchman Nicolas Aubin broke the forecasts in the “face to face” race heats and beat Justin Bogle in an exciting final race.
Barcelona had an unforgettable offroad motorcycling time once again with a thrilling and “electric” show like few others: the Supercross and Freestyle. More than 10,000 souls who gathered at the Palau Sant Jordi enjoyed a show of the highest level that has reached 21 runs since 1990. This year the supercross races have had the added attraction of counting towards the SX Tour, the French supercross championship which is top-class in Europe. This fact greatly increased the level of the participating drivers, which resulted in even more exciting races.
The SX1 category had a protagonist: American Justin Bogle. The KTM rider, a top-ten in the AMA supercross and motocross championships in the United States this season, was favorite to victory and endorsed that condition by winning both finals. In the first one he got the better of Frenchman Cédric Soubeyras, current SX Tour leader, and in the second final he beat also Frenchman Nicolas Aubin. Overall win for Bogle, Aubin in second and Soubeyras in third. The only sad note of the evening was the crash of American Benny Bloss (KTM) in Semifinal 2. The young driver from Missouri could not take the start in the finals due to mechanical problems on his bike despite qualifying for the finals by winning the Last Chance Qualifier.
Best Spanish rider was once again Joan Cros (Yamaha). The four-time Spanish supercross champion was fourteenth in both demanding finals, just ahead of Spain’s MX1 Elite runner-up Jorge Zaragoza and the rider from Pontevedra Yago Martinez, both also with Yamaha. Joan Cros, fifth in this race last year, suffered from some physical problems which ballast his performance this time.
The exciting face-to-face challenge, which faced the eight fastest racers in qualifying racing in pairs and a single lap, saw an exciting final between Justin Bogle and Nicolas Aubin, with victory – surprise included – for the latter. The sparkling “holeshot” of the Frenchman at the start gate and an astonishing manoeuver in the first corner would be decisive.
The Kawasaki Team Green Cup, the single-brand cup that accompanies in some races the Spanish Motocross Championship and debuted in the Supercross of Barcelona, saw Murcia region dominance in both categories, MX1 and MX2. Antonio José Pallarés won among the KX450s, while Alejandro Campoy was the fastest guy on the KX250s.
In the SX125 category for two-stroke motorcycles, the current Spanish MX125 motocross champion, Gerard Congost (KTM) dominated. The 16-year-old driver from Santa Cristina d’Aro (Girona) won both finals. In the combined results, Frenchman Kiliann Poll was second while Spaniard Diego Torrijo was third. Full KTM presence on the SX125 class podium.
24 karat freestyle
The Barcelona Freestyle entry list was great: the Lleides Team, FMX legend and local hero Edgar Torronteras, the recently proclaimed FIM freestyle world champion, Luc Ackermann, and the undisputed world number one in the sport, Frenchman Tom Pagès. The Palau Sant Jordi has always witnessed the most spectacular and highest level jumps. Last year Barcelona could see the double backflip for the first time, and now it was turn for the frontflip. Luc Ackermann executed the trick on the swinging ramp, while Tom Pagès did the same … but on the rigid ramp, the standard one. It was the first time that the French star based in Girona performed the frontflip in this type of ramp. Just three riders in the world (Jackson Strong, Rob Adelberg and now Pagès) are able to do that. But the show would not end there. A series of jumps of maximum technical level – double backflip, “The Volt” and “360” included – by Tom Pagès raised unanimous ovations that shook the structure of Palau Sant Jordi.
Justin Bogle: “It has been a great experience in a good circuit, very safe and technical. It has been a great night and the atmosphere in the stands has been incredible. I really enjoyed the people and the city. I would return to Barcelona without hesitation! I made a mistake in the semifinal, but then I managed to win in the two finals even though the level of the European riders was very high.”
Nicolas Aubin: “Justin is an amazing racer, that’s why he’s a top-10 in the United States. The atmosphere in the Palau Sant Jordi arena has been spectacular. It shows that Barcelona fans know how to appreciate good racing. The track is bigger than many of the SX Tour, which is well appreciated by riders and allows the show to be even bigger”.
Cédric Soubeyras: “I loved racing again at Palau Sant Jordi more than ten years after the last time. I am very happy for having been able to compete against some of the best American riders. This podium gives me even more confidence to continue in the fight towards my fifth SX Tour title. “
Check all results and standings here.