Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pela Renet caps off an incredible 2014 season with a double Enduro 2 class win at the EWC GP of France.
Ensuring a winning end to his 2014 FIM Enduro World Championship campaign, newly crowned Enduro 2 champion Renet delivered a double victory at the seventh and final round of the series in Brioude, France.
Free from championship pressure having secured the E2 title at the GP of Italy, the Husqvarna rider produced a flawless performance in France. Clearly enjoying his home GP Renet powered his way to two convincing victories. Winning day one by a massive 92 seconds, while also topping the event’s unofficial outright classification, he eased back on day two to secure a 53-second margin of victory.
Making it a weekend to remember for Husqvarna Motorcycles Loic Larrieu claimed a brilliant double victory in the Enduro Junior category. Finally overcoming the injuries and problems that have hampered him throughout the year, Larrieu was on top form in France and won both days.
In the 125 Youth Cup Sweden’s Albin Elowson narrowly missed out on taking the title. Placing fourth on day one but improving to finish second on day two, the young Husqvarna rider ended his season just four points shy of securing the championship.
Scoring two top ten results in the Enduro 3 category, Joakim Ljunggren placed ninth on both days.
Signing off on a strong 2014 series, Husqvarna supported Jane Daniels enjoyed yet further podium success by placing second on both days in the Women’s Cup. In doing so she ended her year as runner-up in the final championship standings.
Pela Renet: “Ending the championship with a double victory is just perfect for me. With the E2 title already secured in Italy it sort of lifted the pressure from my shoulders and I could concentrate on enjoying the race. I really wanted to win and almost immediately I was able to set some very fast times in the tests. I found a rhythm I was comfortable with and steadily tried to increase my advantage each day. It’s been great to win in France.”
Loic Larrieu: “I’m so happy to have finally got a win in 2014. Honestly it feels like a relief. It’s been a tough year for me – crashes and injuries really hurt my championship hopes. I was determined to try and set things right this weekend. It’s my home race and the final round of the series so I wanted to end it on a high. I’m glad I’ve been able to do that.”
Jane Daniels: “I think finishing second both days was the best I could hope for. The tests were very fast and it was hard to make time up. I made a few mistakes and that hurt my chances of winning. Overall it’s been a solid year. I’ve taken a race win in Sweden and managed to repeat my result of runner-up in the championship.”
Albin Elowson: “It’s disappointing to have come so close but yet miss out on winning the championship. I knew the points were very close so I gave it my all to win. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out in my favour.”