A complicated weekend was had by the Gas Gas Enduro Factory team and its official rider, Jonathan Barragán, who closed the GP Finland with the bitter-sweet taste of not being able to finish on the first day and achieving a fifteenth place in Enduro2 on Sunday. There was an unusual start to the World Championship with a GP that favoured the Scandinavian riders who were more familiar than the other competitors to riding on studded snow tyres and riding with them on ice and snow.
FROZEN CONDITIONS ENSURE TOUGH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES OPENER
Pascal Rauchenecker has delivered the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team’s best result at the opening round of the FIM EnduroGP World Championship, with the Enduro 2 class rider securing a hard-fought third place result on day one of the GP of Finland. Until recently focused on his participation in the SuperEnduro World Championship, Pascal rode a near faultless opening day to stand alongside Finns Eero Remes and Henric Stigell on the podium.
Delivering one of the best performances from a non-Scandinavian rider in the specialist, winter conditions Pascal remained both fast and consistent throughout the opening day. Posting the third fastest class time on no fewer than seven special tests, the FE 250 mounted rider made a hugely positive start to his second season of enduro competition. On day two Pascal again recorded third place test finishes, wrapping-up the GP of Finland with an eighth-place Enduro 2 class result.
Eero Remes (TM) has put the finishing touches to a perfect AMV GP of Finland by wrapping up his home round of the EnduroGP series with a dominant Enduro 2 class win. Ending the second day’s competition as the outright fastest rider, just as he did on day one, the Finn was joined by countrymen Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) who topped the EnduroGP class, Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) who dominated the Enduro Junior class, and Hermanni Haljala (Husqvarna) who topped the result sheets in the Enduro Youth category.
Finland’s Eero Remes (TM) has dominated the opening day of the FIM Maxxis EnduroGP World Championship, blitzing the Enduro 2 class to finish more than two minutes ahead of countryman Henric Stigell (Husqvarna) as well as posting the day’s overall fastest time. Former world championship regular Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) battled his way to the top of the EnduroGP class, placing close to one-and-a-half minutes ahead of Marko Tarkkala (Husqvarna). In the Enduro Junior and Enduro Youth classes Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) and Hugo Svärd (Husqvarna) ensured yet more Finnish victories. It was TM mounted Remes who stole the show on day one of the GP of Finland. Expected to be among the riders to beat, he didn’t disappoint and set a pace few could match from the very first special test. “It was a great day for me, racing in front of so many Finnish fans was amazing,” explained a clearly pleased Remes at the end of the day. “The first tests were the best for me. The ground was frozen hard, the spiked tyres really gave me a lot of grip – those early tests set me up for a great day.”