It’s a brand new & unique event put on by Red Bull – Red Bull Give Me Five, held Saturday, October 5, in Valdemorillo, Spain. And the first one was definitely a hit with both the riders and the fans. Ryan Dungey best in the pro class, with Jorge Prado tops in the 85cc competition.
One of the unique aspects of this event was the format. Five riders start per race on an elevated starting grid (see photo). They go five laps. There are three heats where the top 3 riders classify to the semis. The rest of the field goes to a last chance qualifier (this time there are six riders and not five), and only the winner joins the other 9 in the semis. Then again, two semis of 5 for 5, where the top two advance to the main, while the remaining 6 riders go to the second and last chance to qualify for the final race.
Ryan Dungey & Jorge Prado – Red Bull Content Pool – Alberto Lessmann
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So, the big winner, American Ryan Dungey in the premier racing. And Jorge Prado in the 85 class. 7 time World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli was second to Dungey, with 2009 & 2010 World MX 2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin third.
Ryan Dungey said after the race “This format is amazing, in no time can we rest. The final was exciting. I managed to get by Musquin on the last lap. In the last lap I felt very close to Cairoli but I managed to keep ahead and win.”
Spain was represented by Jonathan Barragan and Jose Butron.
Below are more details of the day …
In a rural town with lots of wide, open spaces called Valdemorillo located a fifty minutes drive from Madrid, Spain, over 9,000 people showed up to witness the very first edition of the Red Bull GiveMeFive event, which boasted a 1,220 meters long track which some would argue that it was a mixture of both supercross and motocross, but truth is that the soil was so loamy, with lots of moisture which reminded more of a motocross track. Add that to the fact that the place is outdoors, plus it had no triple jumps, no whoops, and no bowl turns. To give you a rough idea of how it was like, here is a fact: 85cc two-strokes would clear all the obstacles lap after lap, something rather unlikely to be seen in an AMA competition. But then again, throttle control was extremely demanding and smooth riding was highly recommended.
The fans here are very passionate. It was quite a show to see hundreds of fans waiting patiently to get an autograph at the RedBull KTM tent before the races began. Dungey, Ken Roczen, and TC222 were the most helpful to cope with the huge demand, treating the fans with their good sense of humor.
Heat one kicked off on about 4 pm, with a partially clouded sky and a temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, which prevented the track from drying quickly. The five riders included in this so-called “Group A” were RedBull KTM’s Jordi Tixier (runner-up in MX2 GP’s this year) and Marvin Musquin, both of them riding 250s, joined by a horde of Spanish riders which included Jonathan Barragan’s who has surely known better times (a former factory rider of both Redbull KTM and Kawasaki Racing squads). The top guns battled it out for three and a half laps with Barragan in third position, until a blown engine sent Musquin to the first LCQ of the day, which granted Spain’s Adrian Garrido the third transfer spot to Semis.
Heat number two followed shortly afterwards with “Group B” – which had RedBull KTM’S Kenny Roczen and Tony Cairoli as top guns, with the former leading from start to finish while the latter seemed to be content with the second transfer spot. Not that he was laboring or anything like that, but those who know TC222 well know the raw speed he is capable to display on his 350cc factory KTM. Third and last transfer spot went to Valentin Teillet, an impressive third riding a 250cc.
Heat number three had the long-awaited appearance of RedBull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, who was joined in “Group C” by Spanish Jose Butron (third place overall in MX2GP in 2013) and France’s newest sensation Dylan Ferrandis, with two more local riders with a wild card. Dungey was the quickest to get out of the starting gate and led this heat from start to finish, while the second transfer spot to the semis saw one of the best battles of the day between Ferrandis and Butron, both of them on 250cc machines, with the Spaniard eventually overtaking the French rider and bringing the crowd alive.
The first Semi of the day had Dungey, Tixier, Musquin, Garrido and Teillet fighting for two transfer spots, which went to Dungey and Musquin, with the former winning easily over the latter.
Semi 2 had TC222, K-Roc, Butron, Ferrandis, and Barragan. Cairoli led from to start to finish, keeping Roczen at bay all five laps. These two made it to the final while the rest would have to go the last LCQ of the day.
The last LCQ turned out to be a drama for the fans, who saw Spain’s new hope Butron collide in a turn with Tixier while leading (well, more than one would actually argue that he was wiped off the track), which gave the last transfer spot to Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis.
Just before the final race for the grown-ups, the kids had their own main event, which was a one-man show, with 2011 65cc world champion Jorge Prado showing impressive skills on his KTM 85cc.
The final and main event of this first RedBull GiveMeFive had it all: a five-time MX1 world champion, three MX2 world champions, an AMA SX and MX champion, a recently crowned West Lites champion, and a raising star. The first one to clear the finish line jump was Kenny Roczen on his new 450cc ride for the upcoming SX season, looking strong all day; he was followed by an impressive Marvin Musquin, then Dungey, TC222 and Ferrandis. Then on lap two K-Roc washed out front end in a right-hand corner and Musquin inherited the lead, with Dungey and Cairoli following closely.
Dungey eventually made the pass stick in lap 3, and so did Cairoli. Cairoli was the fastest man on the track from nearly lap one, however a bad start condemned him to second place, with Dungey taking top honors. Third place went to Marvin Musquin, while Roczen managed to pass Ferrandis near the end of the race for fourth position.
Special thanks to everyone at Red Bull, and for having a successful event. Also thank you to J and A Llopis.
That’s Marvin Musquin on the left, and Tony Cairoli on the right – having some fun in Spain!