THE LIGHTS ARE ON

Trial Magazine - - VISIT -

The news that the Gas Gas man­age­ment was now putting in­fra­struc­ture in place to come back into the world of off-road mo­tor­cy­cle pro­duc­tion in the early part of 2016 was most wel­come. Af­ter a very dif­fi­cult 2015, when the com­pany ceased pro­duc­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles, it went through a tran­si­tional pe­riod where the fu­ture of the once mighty Span­ish brand looked to be over. There was talk of mas­sive debt and its num­ber one rider on the tri­als front, Adam Raga, com­peted in the World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship as a pri­vate rider with his own small team on a lim­ited bud­get of his own. He proved that the Gas Gas ma­chine was still at the cut­ting edge of the sport, tasted the win­ner’s cham­pagne on more than one oc­ca­sion and in truth was the only rider to chal­lenge Toni Bou. In Fe­bru­ary 2016 the of­fi­cial state­ment of the ac­qui­si­tion of Gas Gas by the Tor­rot Group en­abling them to take com­plete con­trol of this new pro­ject was most wel­come. With the an­nounce­ment of the takeover I de­cided to join the of­fi­cial Gas Gas UK im­porter John Shirt, Maria Bryce­land, Michael Brown, Jack Price and Jack Peace on a quick trip to the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Girona to cel­e­brate the news that the lights were on and the brand Gas Gas was back, with pro­duc­tion ma­chines promised in

the first quar­ter of the year.

With the alarm

clock singing its lit­tle head off at 03.20am it was a very weary me that pulled my­self away from the warm bed for the trip to Manch­ester air­port. Af­ter the usual air­port se­cu­rity has­sle I then met up with team Gas Gas UK for the trip. Af­ter the short haul to Barcelona air­port it was an­other wake up and I found my­self sat be­side ‘Shirty’ in the hire car as we headed for Girona. As you will read later into this ar­ti­cle we were also go­ing to visit S3 and Mots cloth­ing, but for John the visit to the Gas Gas pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity was to be the high­light, as his life was put on hold in March 2015 with the an­nounce­ment that Gas Gas pro­duc­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles was over and the com­pany was in ad­min­is­tra­tion!

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