ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOTS UP IN GREVENA, GREECE
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders Pascal Rauchenecker, Mathias Bellino, Danny McCanney and Billy Bolt have battled their way through an extremely hot and dusty EnduroGP of Greece where Rauchenecker secured fourth and fifth place Enduro 2 class results. Competing in his second EnduroGP event since injuring his shoulder prior to the season opener, Mathias Bellino placed sixth on day two.
Focused on returning to the Enduro 2 class podium, Pascal Rauchenecker made the perfect start to the GP of Greece by posting the fastest Enduro 2 class time during the Friday night super test. Finishing fourth on day one, Pascal placed 47 seconds behind eventual winner Josep Garcia despite a number of small but costly mistakes. On day two he performed consistently to finish fifth and maintain his fourth-place position in the Enduro 2 championship standings.
Securing his first EnduroGP class win of 2017, Nathan Watson (KTM) was the big winner on day two of the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP of Greece where the British rider finished 23 seconds ahead of championship leader Steve Holcombe (Beta) at the end of a second hot and demanding day of racing in Grevena. Runner-up to Holcombe on day one, Watson topped five of the second day’s nine special tests to earn a well-deserved first win of the season. In the Enduro 2 class Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) topped the result as he did on day two of the GP of Hungary, having come out on top of a two-rider battle for the win with Enduro 2 championship leader Josep Garcia (KTM). In the Enduro Junior class Sweden’s Mikael Persson (Yamaha) claimed the win.
Following just five days after the GP of Hungary, the Greek event saw riders battle against soring temperatures, long and dry enduro and motocross special tests and a short, technical extreme test. For Garcia the event started in the best possible way with a winning result on day one despite a number of small crashes. Winning four special tests he finished 18 seconds ahead of second placed Jamie McCanney.
Day two started well for Garcia, taking the class lead shortly before the mid-way point of the day. Falling in the second enduro test he dropped to second in the provisional results, going on to place as runner-up and maintain his lead in the Enduro2 series standings, 12 points ahead of second placed McCanney.
The opening day of competition at the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP of Greece in Grevena ended with EnduroGP championship leader Steve Holcombe (Beta) claiming his second victory of 2017, having battled against extreme heat and an on-form Nathan Watson (KTM). Fighting his way to Enduro 2 class victory Josep Garcia (KTM) secured his fifth win of the year despite a big crash on the event’s final motocross test.