THE LIGHTS ARE ON
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!