A few months ago Matthew PHILLIPS announced his highly dramatic withdrawal from EnduroGP, saying he would be out for at least one sabbatical year. But now the multi-champ has changed his mind… and we will find him in the paddocks of the 2018 Championship after all! Matthew will make up one part of a new and rejuvenated Sherco CH Racing team…
But why such a surprising turnaround for the Australian? With next year’s return to three categories plus a “scratch” EnduroGP class, PHILLIPS was satisfied with the format changes. What also urged him to renew, in agreement with his manager Fabrizio AZZALIN, was the following objective: to repeat his 2016 feat; to win the EnduroGP title and a class title! In any case, it is excellent news for the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship, which has kept one of its most charismatic and popular riders, who has, to everyone’s surprise, found new sources of motivation in the last few weeks.
The final day of the 2017 Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship – the Acerbis GP of Germany in Zschopau – saw no fewer than three riders secure world championship honours. Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) was crowned Enduro 2 World Champion, Britain’s Brad Freeman (Beta) put the finishing touches to his Enduro Junior campaign, while Germany’s Maria Franke (KTM) secured the Enduro Women’s title following the retirement of her title rival Laia Sanz (KTM).
The opening day of competition at the Acerbis GP of Germany in Zschopau saw the crowning of the 2017 EnduroGP World Champion. Steve Holcombe (Beta) put the finishing touches to his incredible season to win his second Enduro World Championship title in style, topping the EnduroGP class for a fifth time this season and finishing in front of Christophe Nambotin (KTM) and Loic Larrieu (Yamaha). Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) secured his first Enduro 2 class win of 2017 while Brad Freeman (Beta) topped the Enduro Junior class with Maria Franke (KTM) securing the win in the Enduro Woman’s category by the narrowest of margins.