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|12-13-2015, 04:30 PM||#1|
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Victory for USA as Brad “The Bullet” Baker Wins 2015 Superprestigio Over Marc Marquez
The 2015 Superprestigio DTX main event saw Brad Baker take the checkered in a close finish ahead of Marc Marquez, with AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Jared Mees taking third.
The victory for Brad “The Bullet” Baker, winner of the first Superprestigio Dirt Track in January 2014, came as the American saw off a stiff challenge from Marc Marquez, winner of the second edition in December 2014 (see Superprestigio II coverage here), in front of 8,700 fans.
"It's been incredible, I've been in Barcelona for so many days that I feel like this city is my second home,” said Baker. “I get along so well with everyone here, it's fantastic.* It's been a crazy year for me, one year ago I was in the hospital with a broken shoulder, and now here I'm with a new victory! The SuperFinal has been brutal! Mentally it has been very demanding; I did look back only once. Every time I heard the crowd louder I knew Marc was coming closer!* I want to thank RPM Racing for all their support and help throughout these days!"
Baker's win means the balance of victories has swung back in favor of the Americans, with two wins to Europe's one. Marquez and Mees joined Baker on the podium after a Superfinal which also featured Alex Rins, Dani Ribalta, Xavi Vierge, Masatoshi Ohmori and Fredrik Lindgren.
Commenting on the start of the race, Marquez said, “It wasn't my best start, I regain some space at the beginning, but it wasn't an easy task to overtake Brad! All in all is a great race, and it's fantastic to be in the podium with these two amazing riders, looking forward to come back next year!"
The race had its memorable moments. At the start - crucial in dirt track - Baker took the advantage over the other riders; an advantage that Marquez reduced over the 16 laps as the Spaniard looked to attack in the closing stages. The rider from Cervera almost went past at the last corner, but was forced to settle for second place, just one tenth of a second behind Baker. Mees was left to make up for a lackluster start and finished the race in third position, completing an exclusive podium.
"I had great time in Barcelona,” said Mees. “Maybe this race was not my best, the start wasn't great and that conditioned my result. I managed to step to the third position, getting closer but I could not get in the same pace as Marc and Brad, both were extremely fast today!"*