PELA RENET RETURNS TO HIS WINNING WAYS WITH TWO ENDURO 2 CLASS VICTORIES AT THE GP OF GREECE
The start of the second half of the 2015 FIM Enduro World Championship proved to be a hugely successful one for the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing team. Defending Enduro 2 World Champion Pela Renet finally got back to his winning ways to secure a double E2 class win while countryman and team-mate Mathias Bellino continued his impressive form in Enduro 3, also claiming two important wins. Further success came from Junior class rider Jamie McCanney, who topped day two after a runner-up result on day one. Finally, Danny McCanney rounded out the Enduro 1 podium in third on day two.
For Renet winning on both days came as a huge relief. Leading on more than one occasion during earlier GPs this year only to crash within sight of the finish, on both days the Frenchman maintained his impressive pace and kept his cool to stand on the top step of the podium on both days. With his smooth riding style perfectly suited to the log and demanding enduro test, Renet now sits 13 points behind E2 class leader Antoine Meo.
While Renet’s event was all about returning to the top of the results, for Mathias Bellino it was all about continuing to deliver in the Enduro 3 class. And deliver he did with class wins on both days. Taking advantage of a penalty given to championship rival Matt Phillips to win on day one, on day two he started in committed style, earning himself a fifth day win so far this year. After his disappointing result on day two in Portugal Bellino was extremely pleased with his weekend’s work.
Danny McCanney experienced a mixed weekend in Serres. Day one was one to forget for the older of the two McCanney brothers as he struggled to find his rhythm on the opening enduro test before then crashing into a tree on the first extreme test. Day two was very different. Starting well he remained in contention for a podium result throughout the day, easing his pace during the closing stages to earn a deserved third place.
In the Junior class Jamie McCanney now sits 21 points ahead of his closest challenger, helped by a runner-up result on day one and a winning result on day two. Making a flying start to day one Jamie was one of many riders who took water into their bike’s engine. Fortunate to only lose time, it ended his hopes of a day win. On day two luck was with Danny and following a strong ride he took the win.
The Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will be back in action on June 19-21 at the GP of Italy.
Pela Renet: “I needed this result. To win both days is great, not only for my championship but also for my confidence. Twice this year – in Chile and Spain – I was leading and crashed, and that really knocks you. It’s really good to win. I made a really good start on the first day, both the first and second laps went really well. I started to worry too much about the mistakes I made in Chile and Spain, and didn’t ride so well then. I also got stuck on a climb in the final extreme test, but I managed to win. I was sitting in second on day two at the start. I was fortunate that Antoine Meo made a mistake on the enduro test, which was really easy to do. We both pushed really hard after that and I got the win. There are three more races to go in the championship and after this result I’m looking forward to the GP of Italy.”
Mathias Bellino: “The GP of Greece was really all about the enduro test. You had to have some luck there, but also be consistent and push at 100 per cent for close to 10 minutes each time. I won the first day, but I was a little lucky that my rival Matt Phillips started the day with a penalty. But anyway a win is a win and we both pushed very hard all day. I knew I needed to push hard from the start on day two, which I did. I had a really good opening lap and managed to open up a small gap. Two wins as we pass the half way point of the series is really good for me and the team. Next we have Italy, which will be another hard race.”
Danny McCanney: “Day one didn’t start well and didn’t end well. I didn’t find my rhythm on the enduro test and then hit a tree on the first extreme test. Only towards the end of the day did I start to turn things around a little. I guess it was just one of those days you want to forget about. Day two was completely different. I started well and managed to keep fighting for the podium. Nambotin wasn’t too far ahead of me, so I kept pushing hard. On the last lap I took it safe, I’m really pleased to have finished third.”
Jamie McCanney: “The first day went well. I think I was fastest outright at the end of the opening lap, which was great. On the second enduro test my bike took in water and it stopped. I was sure my day was over. Luckily it wasn’t but I lost a lot of time. I gave the second and third laps everything and had nothing for the final lap. Day two was a real struggle. I just couldn’t free up and get into it like I wanted – I couldn’t get into a flow like I did on day one. It’s really hard with such a long, technical enduro test. There were a lot of places where you could take either a good line or a bad line, so getting it correct every time was tough. Steve Holcombe rode great, so well done to him but he had some bike problems that allowed me to get another win. More points towards the championship is always a good thing, so all in all a really good weekend.”