HUSQVARNA’S ANDREW DELONG 2014 US NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPION

Factory Husqvarna racers ended the 2014 US National Enduro Series on a high note this weekend, with Andrew DeLong capturing the championship, and Russell Bobbitt taking the overall win at the series finale in Matthews, Indiana.The Husqvarna duo blitzed their way through the “epic conditions” at the Muddobbers National Enduro, and both finished on the overall podium with Bobbitt on the top step and DeLong in third.

All Andrew DeLong needed was a thirteenth place finish to wrap up the title, but he didn’t come to Indiana to take it easy. “I wanted to win!” he said. “I was pretty nervous. My stomach was upset in the morning and I couldn’t eat anything. I was pretty tough on myself in the first tests. I wasn’t riding well – just making little stupid mistakes. It wasn’t the day I wanted to have.”

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RENET WINS AT GP OF FRANCE

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.

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KTM’S MATTHEW PHILLIPS IS E3 WORLD CHAMPION 2014

The 2014 World Enduro Championship came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday at Brioude in central France with two KTM factory riders fighting it out for the remaining title to be settled, the E3 class. Australian Matthew Phillips eventually prevailed over team veteran Ivan Cervantes of Spain, winning by just nine points. Both Phillips and Cervantes were still nursing injuries.

The KTM factory team’s Cristobal Guerrero of Spain also put in a huge and heroic effort in E1 to finish the final round after fracturing his finger on Saturday. Guerrero rode with his finger splinted and strapped, managing to pick up five additional points for his eleventh place on Sunday to save overall third.

KTM’s Christophe Nambotin had already settled the E1 title in the last round and Antoine Meo, a title prospect in E2 before the Scandinavian round, is still recovering from a hand injury in Finland. Prior to Meo’s accident in June, the French rider had picked up four wins and two second places in the previous races.

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EWC 2014: Matt Phillips Crowned Enduro 3 World Champion

The final day of racing at the GP AMV of France brought to close a thrilling season of the 2014 Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship with the crowing of Enduro 3 World Champion Matt PHILLIPS. Laia SANZ secured her third Women’s title while Davide SORECA became the new 125 Youth Cup champion in Brioude, France.

Creating his own piece of history on day two in Brioude, KTM mounted Phillips’ E3 title resulted in him becoming the first rider to win a junior and senior championship back to back. Helped in part by his 14-point advantage over closest rival Ivan CERVANTES, PHILLIPS’ third place was more than enough to secure the championship. “I’m lost for words – it’s an incredible feeling to be world champion,” told PHILLIPS. “To win a championship for my first time in the senior ranks is more than I ever expected. All season Ivan and myself have fought hard, it’s been a great battle and I’m delighted to have won.”

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