Roy Barbosa was ninth in his first major American cross-country debut

In a very difficult test between the Chilean jungles and mountains Roy Barbosa (Phoenix Racing Honda TeamPlace him in ninth place on the first date of the GNCC Grand Prix In the XC2 class, a promising start to a complex three-hour race.

The 22-year-old national jockey made his debut in tough competition in North America, competing with the top enduro runners, staying on six laps of the 20-kilometer circuit between eleventh and ninth places, averaging 31 minutes per lap.

American Michael Witkovsky (Yamaha) won the test with a time of 2 hours 58 minutes 22 seconds and 852 thousandths, to occupy the seventh place in the overall classification, where contestants from other categories also participated. Barbosa ranked ninth with a time of 3 hours 9 minutes 41 seconds and 139 thousandths, with a time of 18th overall.

“I ended up exhausted after over three hours in the race. It was very difficult and challenging due to the narrow paths surrounded by forests, steep parts, mud, and rocks. Too tired and demanding. One mistake and I quit the test. “Fortunately, I finished the top ten in this category, which made me very satisfied,” Barbosa said upon reaching the finish line, “but I have to work harder to get closer to the podium.”

GNCC’s second date will be held at the Wild Board Circuit in Palatka, Florida, on March 6-7.

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