Jared Mees admitted he simply ran out of laps as he attempted to reel in rampant MotoGP champion Marc Marquez in the Superprestigio Dirt Track 'Superfinal' in Barcelona.

On his first competitive race outside the USA, Mees pushed Marquez all the way in a pulsating twelve-lap finale to finish runner up in the main event, eventually losing the overall title by two tenths of a second.

Fresh from winning the American Grand National flat track title, Mees dominated the 'Open' category, cruising to three consecutive final wins. However a "hairy" first corner exchange between himself, Marquez and Thomas Chareyre in the overall final immediately put the rider from Honeybrook, Pennsylvania on the back foot.

"The first corner was pretty hairy," said Mees. "I stalled the engine and got it fired up pretty quick. I kind of chased him down but he was making a mistake, I was making a mistake. We just came up a little short.

"Anytime you can start ahead of somebody it definitely makes a big difference. I knew that it was only twelve laps and I needed to put in the twelve best laps. Today I kind of kept my eyes on him too long really. He was making a mistake, then I was - it was like a chain reaction. I wanted to get through the guys as quick as I could, because I knew he was going to be faster and I didn't want him to pull away. Other than that the bike was good and I have no excuses."

Commenting on the level of the 'Superprestigio' class - predominately made up of road racing grand prix riders - Mees said he was impressed.

"These guys are the best of the best out there, lots of real heavy hitters. This dirt track definitely favoured me more than any of them but in all honesty it's a little crapshoot kind of a race. You put these guys on a little short track with dirt, twist the throttle and go forward.

"The races were very short so nobody could get settled in. It was just go and stop. The whole time it felt like I was running on the treadmill because every time I got off the bike I got back on it to go back out there."

The 28-year old reserved special praise for Marquez and the Honda package he brought along to the event.

"It surprised me when I first saw him yesterday. I was like, 'Wow man, he can definitely get around here.' I knew it was going to be tough and I paid attention to his times. We were very close in times on the track.

"The guy can ride a motorcycle. He's the best in the world right now on a road bike. That he takes it riding dirt track for training, he's only going to get better and better. The biggest thing I noticed was he keeps the wheels in line very well. He took it seriously with his motorcycle too. He had some really nice parts on that thing to make it go. He's got a lot of buttons on the handlebars!"

"He had an awesome style and hats off to him for being a road racer and making dirt track his second sport."



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