Qatar, 3 March 2013. It was a new challenge for all as the World Championship rocked up in Qatar for the first time with a new race format of one MX1 and one MX2 race, with the top twenty in each class going through to a combined super-final race. Holding the races at night under floodlights was another first for everyone.
Neither Barragan nor Law had good starts and Barragan made his task even harder as he dropped his machine on the first lap leaving him at the back of the field. Law was finding the going tough, which wasn’t a surprise after the lack of preparation, having only been called up to replace the injured Karro the previous week. He stuck to the task and was well in contention for the first half of the gruelling race and although he started to feel the pace, he battled to the bitter end to cross the line in 22nd at the flag.
Barragan had a lot to do but was soon making passes and by half-way was up to 17th but with such a quality field, it was getting harder to catch the riders in front and he could only manage one more pass before the end, finally bringing it home in 16th.
With Law failing to qualify for the mixed super-final it was down to Barragan to fly the flag for the team but with the MX2 guys having the first twenty picks of the gate, it was going to be difficult for the Spaniard to make the start he wanted from near the outside. So it proved, but he was on the gas and was picking through the field until he hit the deck. Just as in the first race he was having to try and claw back positions he had previously held, but with some impressive lap times he was making good progress. He clawed his way up towards the pack in front, consisting of Roelants, Leok and Simpson but just ran out of time, finally finishing in 15th, just 1.7 seconds behind Simpson for 17th overall.