AMA Pro Flat Track’s 2013 GNC1 champion, Brad Baker, scored his second career Superprestigio Dirt Track victory this past weekend in Barcelona, Spain. Baker, winner of the inaugural event in January 2014, outpaced local hero and two-time MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez, who finished second, while the 2015 Grand National Champion, Jared Mees, rounded out the podium.
Baker was the fastest Open Class rider leading up to the event, topping the timesheet in Free Practice. Marquez, however, was quickest overall at that point. In qualifying, Marquez suffered an off but was able to rebound and grab pole position for the Superprestigio class, with Toni Elias, Xavi Vierge and Julian Simone placing second through fourth. Oliver Brindley took the lead position in the Open Class while Mees qualified fourth and Baker in fifth.
Four Superprestigio final races followed, with Marquez taking wins in two, his brother Alex grabbing victory in one and Vierge claiming the checkers in the other.
Japanese rider Masatoshi Ohmori earned the top spot in one of the Open Class final races, leaving Baker and Mees to fight for third-place. The two Americans bounced back for a one-two finish in the next final, each earning a spot in the Superfinal to end the night.
Baker rocketed off the line as the gate dropped for the 16-lap Superfinal, taking the holeshot and leaving Marquez and Vierge to fight for second. Mees didn’t get the start he’d hoped for and spent the race making up ground. Near the end of the event Marquez had reeled Baker in, but Baker put up a strong defense to hold position and bring victory back to the United States.
“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!”
“Thanks to the organizers for putting such a great event together, every year is getting bigger,” said Marquez. “I 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!”
2015 Superprestigio SuperFinal Results
- Brad Baker (USA) Honda
- Marc Marquez (ESP) Honda -0.130
- Jared Mees (USA) Honda -2.843
- Alex Rins (ESP) Honda -4.096
- Dani Ribalta (ESP) KTM -4.952
- Xavi Vierge (ESP) Honda -5552
- Masatoshi Ohmori (JPN) Suzuki -6.691
- Federik Lindgren (SWE) -10.440