2014 Superprestigio Barcelona Dirt Track Race - Baker Wins As Marquez Crashes Out

Brad Baker walked away as winner of the Superprestigio flat track race at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Saturday night. After a hectic evening's racing in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, Baker shook off a challenge from Marc Marquez to take a comfortable win, adding the Superprestigio final win to a win in his Open category.

The event saw riders compete in two categories, the Open class, containing the cream of European flat track racers - still an almost entirely amateur sport - and AMA Grand National champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, and the Superprestigio class, consisting of current and former Grand Prix and World Supersport riders. Baker blasted through his heats with ease, winning the Open final almost completely unchallenged, and qualifying for the Superfinal, between the top four in the Open class and the top four from the Superprestigio class.

Marc Marquez had dominated most of the Superprestigio races, the four-race final format allowing the 2013 MotoGP champion to make a couple of mistakes along the way. He ended up winning the Superprestigio final, passing into the Superfinal with Tito Rabat, Kenny Noyes and Aleix Espargaro.

The Superfinal had been billed from the beginning as a battle between Marc Marquez and AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker, and that is exactly what ensued. The contrasting styles of the two men made for a fascinating duel, but the more ragged style of Marquez meant that in the end, he came off worst. Marquez leaned on Baker as he passed underneath, and Marquez found himself crashing out. After a quick glance behind him to see what had happened to Marquez, Baker was gone, taking glory in the Superfinal to a remarkably warm reception from the crowd, most of whom had come to see Marquez. Tito Rabat took second spot, after a very strong evening of racing, while former dirt track racer and owner of the Noyes Camp dirt track school at Motorland Aragon Kenny Noyes grabbed the final podium spot. 

The evening was deemed a success, with a crowd officially given as 8,000, a little over half capacity in the Palau Sant Jordi indoor stadium. Marquez immediately confirmed his intention to organize the event again next year, and Brad Baker jumped at the chance to come back again in 2015.

Video of the Superfinal is here, which may or may not work, depending on your geographic location.

Results Superfinal

Pos No Rider Nationality
1 1 Brad Baker USA
2 53 Tito Rabat ESP
3 9 Kenny Noyes USA
4 41 Aleix Espargaro ESP
5 3 Jose Pedro Gomez ESP
6 78 Merle Scherb USA
7 15 Dani Ribalta ESP
8 93 Marc Marquez ESP

 

Results Superprestigio

Pos No Rider Nationality
1 93 Marc Marquez ESP
2 53 Tito Rabat ESP
3 9 Kenny Noyes USA
4 41 Aleix Espargaro ESP
5 7 Lorenzo Baldassari ITA

 

Results Open final

Pos No Rider Nationality
1 1 Brad Baker USA
2 3 Jose Pedro Gomez ESP
3 78 Merle Scherb USA
4 15 Dani Ribalta ESP
5 68 Tom Neave GBR

 

Brad Baker walked away as winner of the Superprestigio flat track race at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Saturday night. After a hectic evening's racing in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, Baker shook off a challenge from Marc Marquez to take a comfortable win, adding the Superprestigio final win to a win in his Open category.The event saw riders compete in two categories, the Open class, containing the cream of European flat track racers - still an almost entirely amateur sport - and AMA Grand National champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, and the Superprestigio class, consisting of current and former Grand Prix and World Supersport riders. Baker blasted through his heats with ease, winning the Open final almost completely unchallenged, and qualifying for the Superfinal, between the top four in the Open class and the top four from the Superprestigio class.Marc Marquez had dominated most of the Superprestigio races, the four-race final format allowing the 2013 MotoGP champion to make a couple of mistakes along the way. He ended up winning the Superprestigio final, passing into the Superfinal with Tito Rabat, Kenny Noyes and Aleix Espargaro.

Comments

great stuff

thank you for posting the link, works from Australia no problems.

Marquez was really taking it to Brad Baker it seemed - and Marc seemed to be easily faster than other GP riders - or was Brad going easy ? it was pretty clear the Baker wasn't to blame for the spill, Marquez turning in without looking and then bouncing off Baker.

A great event, it was good to watch the rest of the vids too. Thanks again !

Total votes: 21

That was fun!

Watched it live via CycleWorld.com and I had no idea what was being said, but hot damn that was fun to watch. Hard to follow along which heat was what (I didn't know how many classes there was) but it was still great fun. Can't wait for next year!

Total votes: 21

That was fantastic !!

Having seen 30+ years of US dirt trackers up close and personal I was really impressed with the skill shown by a bunch of the Europen guys, but the stand out was most certainly Marc Marquez. If I didn't know this was a kid from Spain I would have sworn he grew up in the shadow of the Lodi Cycle Bowl. It was interesting to watch him in the heats, working the groove and then the cushion just absorbing info on how the track worked and where the fast lines were. It was clear that Brad Baker was really disappointed when Marquez chrashed. They really seemed to be enjoying the dice as much as the fans were. Great racing and sportsmanship from all. I can't wait for next year!!

Total votes: 23

taste of medicine

Baker was playing with them I am sure but Marquez was impressive. Marquez gave some to Baker but Baker gave it back. Marquez got a taste of his own medicine in the end. Lots of fun to watch.

Total votes: 21

Excellent even from New Zealand!

Wasn't that an elbow from Brad Baker shoving MM aside? Just wonderin'

Total votes: 20

3 Strikes And You're Out!

Great to watch such exciting racing in the offseason. Thanks David for the link. I watched it Live Stream here in the States thanks to CycleWorld.com but being able to watch the video over, back up again and again only confirmed what I saw the first time.

Marquez showed his natural ability and desire to win but rode ragged and repeatedly ran into Brad Baker to keep him at bay. Baker clearly had the technique, experience and speed to walk away from Marquez given a couple of clean laps (as you would expect since this is his sport, after all, and not Marquez's).

Baker allowed Marquez a few wild riding "Love Taps," as female pro dirt tracker Shayna Texter calls them here in the States, but clearly grew weary of Marquez's antics and squared up the corner to come underneath with some serious speed. When MM dove down across Baker's front wheel, the American's elbow came out to brace for the eminent impact caused by Marquez's schoolyard-like move, to quote Nicky Hayden.

The result, just like in American Baseball, was three strikes and you're out -- or in Marquez's case, down and out.

I was happy to see that both parties were smiling afterwards and I'm sure Baker would have preferred to beat Marquez in a clean fight, but the Spaniard's reckless style tonight harkened back to his "Moto 2 Bully" days.

Baker showed him that when you f*ck with the bull, you get the horns.

That said, Marquez is a huge talent and will be that much harder to beat next year.

Speaking of 2015, how about having the three Hayden brothers over in Spain for this event, too. I know they'd love to show the Europeans some of the tricks they learned from Carr, Springsteen and Parker here in the USA.

Total votes: 29

Hayden Bros

The fact they weren't even invited is quite a surprise...

Total votes: 13

I understood that Nicky

was invited,but his recent procedure to have the nagging screw ,which limited him this season , removed from his hand caused him to forego the risk....

Total votes: 19

Nice start

Thanks for the video link. I think that was the first good start I've seen Marc make since Moto2.

Total votes: 10

I didn't realise

they were racing such a short track...Marquez showed his usual talent for simply going faster.....not a whole lot of difference than his pavement skill or technique....unfortunately here,his season long guardian angel was out getting a beer . The Champion was pretty clearly toying with him,allowing him to run him off the track and then catching and passing him...repeat....till he had had enough....considering how hard MM had been banging him w/ little effect ...it took amazingly little contact to send him down..kind of like watching a judo master making a seeming effortless leverage throw....

Total votes: 16

Super

What a brilliant event. Interesting that most all the Spanish riders are amateurs. Kudos to Marquez for promoting this event. With more media attention and American participation this sport could become major in Espana! It would be super to have a regular Trans-Atlantic series in the future. I like that it is so amateur-based though, as it is a purer form of sport.

Total votes: 13

Too Short

Hope they can find a Half Mile Facility for next years event, short track is just not my thing, give me half mile and Mile tracks and get some drafting going on!

Total votes: 13

Yea, an American finally wins in Europe!

That was fun! I think Baker was generous not to have run away with it. Marquez showed how much of an all round rider he is. Quite impressive. I sure wish Nicky could have been there. Having seen him dominate the Del Mar Short Track national years ago, I think he would have stolen the show. Now, if we can get them to hold a half mile or mile race, we can really show them how it's done! Go America!

Total votes: 10

UK??

Any ideas where, if at all, it is possible to see the race from the UK? The world wide web apparently not being world wide.

Total votes: 11

Video

The link in the text should work, and otherwise this Youtube link may work.

Total votes: 13

17's?

What gives with the 17" wheels?
They look like supermoto bikes not flattrack racers.
The front 2 sure were a class of their own.
I hope somebody gives that Baker kid a chance on a roadrace bike.

Total votes: 13

Thanks for the vid link. Marc

Thanks for the vid link.
Marc Marquez was given notice and duly served, that aside he's just as fast and ragged as he is on a GP bike. For sure he's going to dominate Moto GP for the next couple of years at least.

Total votes: 11

Onboard at the Superprestigio with Kenny Noyes

Total votes: 11

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