After a lengthy absence from top-level enduro competition, Yamaha Racing have returned to the sharp end of the results with their all-new WR250F. Securing a runner-up finish on day one and with all team riders claiming top ten results in the highly competitive Enduro 1 class on both days, it was a weekend to remember for Cristobal Guerrero, Gianluca Martini and Marc Bourgeois.
Tasked with leading Yamaha Racing back into the EWC, Cristobal Guerrero was determined to deliver an impressive showing at the opening round of the 2015 EWC series. Frustratingly a simple mistake during Friday nights Super Test cost the Team Yamaha Miglio rider dear. Falling momentarily resulted in the Spaniard starting day one in 10th. Pushing hard to regain the lost time, he eventually recovered well to finish fifth.
Rain on day two resulted in the already chewed up Chilean terrain becoming even more challenging. Easing his way into the proceedings, Guerrero ended the opening lap in fifth. Moving up to third at the end of special test three, the Spaniard made a slight error before beginning the final lap that dropped him back to sixth. Attacking hard on the remaining special tests Cristobal salvaged a strong fifth place result.
Making his first full competitive outing in the EWC, Italys Gianluca Martini coped well in what where vastly changing conditions during the weekend. Off to a strong start, Martini ended the Friday night Super Test in eighth. Knowing that day one would be a hard fought battle to the finish, the WR250F mounted rider claimed a top 10 result in what were extremely dry and dusty conditions.
With overnight rain ensuring a completely different race for day two, Martini got stuck into the thick of the action. Improving all the time, while gaining valuable learning experience, he ended his day in eighth.
For Yamaha Motor France supported rider Marc Bourgeois, the opening round of the EWC in Chile was a highly rewarding one. Proving extremely fast and impressive throughout the weekend, Bourgeois was the top placed Yamaha rider in the Enduro 1 class on both days with second and fourth place results.
The FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship continues with round two in Jerez, Spain on may 9/10.