EWC 2015: Historical First

For the very first time in its motorsport history, Belgium will host a round of the Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship! The sixth and penultimate event of the 2015 season, the FunnelWeb Filter Grand Prix of Belgium, organised by the passionate MP41 club, will take place in the heart of Ardennes, in the small but charming city of St Hubert…

St Hubert, European capital of hunting!

With a length of 55 kilometres, the loop will offer all the difficulties of Ardennes! The Enduro Test, which will be long and backbreaking, will be located in the “Bois du Pendu” while the Xtreme Test will be largely natural and very technical. This one will be situated on the Poix road, right in front of the Cross Test! A Time Check will be also present in this road where the Moto Club will put also to disposition of the spectators some snacks and also a commercial zone to do of this Grand Prix a great popular celebration! Friday night’s KTM Super Test will take place in the city centre of St Hubert and should offer some a show, moreover the MP41 has organized a concert to ensure a big night. Finally, the paddock will be on the civil aerodrome of St Hubert.

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Wins For Renet & McCanney At GP of Italy

Husqvarna Motorcycles secure winning results at round five of the FIM Enduro World Championship in Rovetta, Italy.

Continuing their run of good form in this year’s EWC series, Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing savoured podium results in all classes at this weekend’s GP of Italy with Pela Renet and Jamie McCanney enjoying wins in the Enduro 2 and Enduro Junior classes respectively.

Determined to build on his double victory last time out at the GP of Greece, Renet arrived highly motivated at what would be a highly challenging race in Rovetta. Favouring the technical special tests, on day one the Husqvarna rider powered his FE 450 to a hard fought win over close rival Antoine Meo. Despite giving day two his best, Renet wasn’t able to make it four race wins in a row. With Meo improving on day two, Renet claimed the runner-up result.

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KTM Enduro Factory riders delivered a great weekend in Italy when the WEC FIM Enduro World Championship returned to the heartland of the sport in Rovetta in the Province of Bergamo. Matthew Phillips came away with a 1-1 result in E3 from the two-day event and teammate Antoine Meo finished with 2-1 in the highly competitive E2 title fight.

The race weekend in Italy was Round Five (of seven) in the 2015 World Championship.

Riding with an injured knee, the third member of the factory team Christophe Nambotin still pulled off a very competitive 2-3 in E1. Nambotin is now second in the standings by a single point from current leader Eero Remes. Meo has a 13-point lead in E2 over arch rival Pela Renet and Phillips has narrowed the points gap to E3 to be 16 behind leader Matthias Bellino.


EWC 2015: Santolino Delivers The Goods In Italy

The Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship GP Acerbis of Italy ended on a high in Rovetta with Sherco’s Lorenzo Santolino claiming his debut Enduro 1 class victory. With chewed up special tests, a long physical day of hard fought racing putting the EWC competitors through their paces and a passionate Italian crowd to cheer the riders home, the fifth round of the series in Italy was certainly one to remember for all the right reasons.

In attack mode after his loss on Saturday, KTM’s Antoine Meo was determined to leave Italy with at least one victory to his tally. Hitting hard from the off, Meo won the first four special tests to open up an early advantage. Keeping the level high for the remainder day, the Frenchman secured the win. “That was one tough race,” claimed Meo. “It was really hard today on the specials – so rough, bumpy and technical. I feel like I rode much better than Saturday, more controlled, less mistakes. And that’s what made the difference. It’s been a good win and an important win for the championship.” Faced with a much more determined Meo on day two, Husqvarna’s Pela Renet (F) wasn’t able to make it a double victory in Italy. Despite pushing hard and making no mistakes, Renet was forced to settle for the runner-up result. Still suffering the effects of his crash on day one, Italy’s Alex Salvini (Honda) wasn’t able to challenge for a home win in Rovetta and ended his day third. Carding identical results to that of Saturday, Jaume Betriu (S-Husqvarna) and Loic Larrieu (F-Sherco) were fourth and fifth respectively.

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