Brad Freeman Crowned 2021 FIM EnduroGP World Champion

Beta’s Brad Freeman has been crowned the 2021 FIM EnduroGP World Champion at the sixth and final round of the championship in France. Doing it in style, Freeman raced to victory on day two in Langeac to secure the EnduroGP title.

Further cementing her status as one of motorcycling’s greatest ever competitors, Laia Sanz (GASGAS) won her sixth FIM Enduro Women World Championship with victory on Sunday. She adds this title to her 14th FIM Trial World Championship, won last month. A new world champion also emerged today with TM’s Matteo Pavoni taking the Enduro Junior title.

EnduroGP – Freeman Claims Title

With the majority of the senior enduro titles won on Saturday, the talking point for Sunday was about who would end the day as the FIM EnduroGP World Champion. With a 16-point lead over his closest rival, Brad Freeman held the upper hand and was determined to see things through.

After a steady start on the opening ACERBIS Cross Test to settle his nerves, Freeman pulled the pin thereafter to top the following CHAMPION Enduro Test and NERVE by JUST1 Extreme Test to take up the lead. Clearly focused on clinching the title with a win, he built up a healthy 20-second lead with two tests to go.

Remaining trouble free, Freeman ended his day as the race winner, but more importantly, the new FIM EnduroGP World Champion. Adding to his Enduro3 crown from Saturday, the British rider is now a seven-time FIM Enduro World Champion.

“I wanted to go for the win today to take the title,” told Freeman. “I knew ninth place would be enough to get the job done, but that’s not my style or how I like to ride, so I just went for it.

“With two tests to go I had a good lead and then rode it home. I’m so happy with this year and how it’s gone. I feel like there’s a massive weight lifted off my shoulders now. I’m the EnduroGP World Champion and that’s an awesome feeling!”

While Freeman had control over the race lead, behind him positions were changing. Steve Holcombe (Beta) was on form, winning the opening ACERBIS Cross Test and sitting in second after the fourth test. Also enjoying a great GP of France, Jaume Betriu (KTM) moved up to second after test five. Newly crowned Enduro1 champion Andrea Verona (GASGAS) was next to slot into second at the end of test six, a position he would hold until the end.

After a slow start, day one winner Josep Garcia (KTM) spent his day racing his way into contention to grab the final step of the podium from Betriu on the final special test. Although denied an EnduroGP podium, Betriu could still be pleased with his efforts in fourth, while Holcombe was close behind in fifth.

With Freeman crowned the EnduroGP champion, Garcia finished the championship in second, with Verona completing the top three.

Enduro1 – Verona Signs Off Season With A Win

With the Enduro1 title already wrapped up on Saturday, newly crowned champ Verona convincingly won the category for the 10th time this year. Fantic’s Davide Guarneri took second. Antoine Magain (Sherco) edged out TM’s Matteo Cavallo by six seconds to claim third, while Davide Soreca (Husqvarna) completed the top five.

Enduro2 – Garcia Victorious

The fight for the final Enduro2 victory of the season was a close one. Holcombe started out in a determined mood and led for the majority of the day. After special test six of nine, 2021 Enduro2 champion Garcia had managed to reel Holcombe back in and with momentum growing worked his way into the lead on test seven.

With Garcia pulling clear for victory, Holcombe took a strong second. The fight for third was incredibly close, with Honda’s Nathan Watson beating Sherco’s Hamish MacDonald by eight tenths of a second. Will Ruprecht (TM) completed the top five.

Enduro3 – Freeman Achieves Perfect Season

With his Enduro3 crown safely defended on Saturday, Freeman secured a clean sweep of wins in 2021 with victory on Sunday. Delivering an impressively strong ride in France, Betriu comfortably placed as runner-up to Freeman.

Sherco’s Daniel McCanney joined them on the podium with third, while Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) and Marc Sans (Husqvarna) were fourth and fifth respectively.

Enduro Women – Sanz Rewrites The History Books

Rewriting the history books once more, Laia Sanz (GASGAS) became the FIM Enduro Women World Champion with a race win on Sunday. Returning to the championship having last won the title in 2016, Sanz was simply outstanding throughout 2021.

Claiming her fifth win of the season out of a possible six, Sanz’ sixth Enduro title, added to her FIM Trial and Rally achievements, makes her one of the most decorated motorcycle riders of all time.

“It’s been an amazing day,” said Sanz. “To win the world title again after being out of the sport since 2016 is special. But also, to take the Trial title in the same year is beyond my expectations. I can’t thank GASGAS enough for their support in helping me achieve these goals.”

With Sanz crowned champion, the battle for vice-champion went down to the wire between Mireia Badia (GASGAS) and Jane Daniels (Fantic). Daniels held a one-point advantage over Badia starting the day, but with Badia beating Daniels by three seconds she ended the season in second.

Enduro Junior – Pavoni Crowned Champion

The final world title to be played out was in Enduro Junior, with Matteo Pavoni (TM) taking the crown. Pavoni held a comfortable points cushion over closest rival Lorenzo Macoritto (TM), and by ending his day in second to Macoritto did more than enough to clinch the title.

“It’s an amazing moment,” told Pavoni. “Without the support of my family and team I couldn’t have won this title. I’m so happy with the result and how the year has gone.”

Day one winner Jed Etchells (Fantic) finished third, with Bernat Cortes (GASGAS) just four seconds behind in fourth. Max Ahlin (Husqvarna) rounded out the top five.

Enduro Youth – Norrbin Ends 2021 In Winning Style

Signing off his season in style, Albin Norrbin (Fantic) took his ninth consecutive victory of the season. Behind him the battle for the runner-up result was close. In the end Harry Edmondson edged out Kevin Cristino by seven tenths of a second, in what proved to be a Fantic clean sweep of the podium. Leo Joyon (Beta) and Thibault Giraudon (Sherco) completed the top five.

Luca CASTELLANA, Technical Director:
“We have a very strong team overall, with excellent riders from whom we expect good things. We have worked hard to put them in the best conditions, and even with Jamie who has just arrived we are trying various solutions, although we will have to wait until the first race to understand the optimal set-up of the bike.”


Coming into the sixth and final round of the series with a healthy 22-point lead in the E2 class standings following his exceptional performance at last weekend’s GP of Portugal, Josep Garcia knew that a solid ride on day one on French soil would net him the Enduro2 title. However, with the EnduroGP Championship also up for grabs, the young Spaniard gave his all.

Getting his GP of France off to a slightly shaky start, Josep fell twice during the Friday night Super Test before coming into the first cross test on Saturday morning very much looking to make amends. Winning the test outright, he then went on to demonstrate the exact same form that took him to the overall win at the International Six Days Enduro at the beginning of September.

At the close of racing in France, Garcia not only topped the Enduro2 category to secure the title, but also took the overall EnduroGP class win by just under three seconds. Now, with the E2 trophy in hand, the Red Bull KTM star will re-focus for day two and continue to chase the EnduroGP class championship victory.

Josep Garcia: “It’s been a perfect day for me. I’m so happy to win the title here in France. All day things were going through my head, but in the end, it was all good. To come back to the series after three years away and win the Enduro2 title is a dream come true. I had a good day today and did all I could by winning the overall, so I need to stay focused now for tomorrow and keep fighting right to the end.”

The 2021 FIM Enduro World Championship concludes with day two of the GP of France, on October 17.

Results – 2021 FIM Enduro World Championship – Round 6, France

Day 1

Enduro 2

1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 58:14.53
2. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta, 58:28.35 +13.82
3. Wil Ruprecht (AUS), TM, 59:09.74 +55.21
4. Joe Wootton (GBR), Husqvarna, 59:19.44 +1:04.91
5. Thomas Oldrati (ITA), Honda, 59:31.02 +1:16.49

1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 58:14.53
2. Brad Freeman (GBR), Beta, 58:17.44 +2.91
3. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta, 58:28.35 +13.82
4. Jaume Betriu (ESP), KTM, 59:01.81 +47.28
5. Wil Ruprecht (AUS), TM, 59:09.74 +55.21

Championship Standings (After Round 6, Day 1)

Enduro 2

1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 201 points
2. Wil Ruprecht (AUS), TM, 174 pts
3. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta, 153 pts
4. Hamish MacDonald (NZL), Sherco, 142 pts
5. Joe Wootton (GBR), Husqvarna, 92 pts


1. Brad Freeman (GBR), Beta, 197 points
2. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 184 pts
3. Andrea Verona (ITA), GASGAS, 140 pts
4. Wil Ruprecht (AUS), TM, 139 pts
5. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Fantic, 117 pts

Champions Crowned On Day One Of EnduroGP France

The opening day of racing at the BORILLI FIM EnduroGP World Championship final round in France saw multiple champions crowned with Andrea Verona (GASGAS), Josep Garcia (KTM) and Brad Freeman (Beta) taking the respective Enduro1, Enduro2 and Enduro3 titles.

With Langeac in France marking the sixth and final stop of this year’s BORILLI FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the opening day of competition was one of celebration and success. At the head of the field, Garcia claimed an important EnduroGP class win to keep his title hopes alive with one day remaining. A win by Laia Sanz (GASGAS) brings her closer to securing this year’s Enduro Women’s crown.

EnduroGP – Title Fight Tightens With Garcia win

The EnduroGP class is set to go down to the wire as Josep Garcia (KTM) claimed victory on day one to keep his title hopes alive. A revelation in this second half of the season, Garcia backed up his winning form from last weekend in Portugal with a closely fought win today.

While it was Thomas Oldrati (Honda) who won Friday’s AKRAPOVIC Super Test, Garcia did himself no favours with a crash, which saw him 16th as he began on Saturday. But setting the fastest times on the opening ACERBIS Cross Test, CHAMPION Enduro Test and NERVE by JUST1 Extreme Test, Garcia looked ominous behind early leader Brad Freeman (Beta).

However, Freeman stood his ground and kept control of the lead up until the final lap. Topping the last CHAMPION Enduro Test, Garcia found his way into the lead and despite Freeman winning the final NERVE by JUST1 Extreme Test, the Spaniard claimed victory for the day. Runner-up for Freeman positions him as champion elect, holding a 16-point advantage over Garcia heading into the final day.

While eyes were on Garcia and Freeman, outgoing EnduroGP champion Steve Holcombe (Beta) enjoyed one of his strongest rides this year, showing signs of a rider who’s returning to form. Ending his day 10 seconds behind Freeman, Holcombe made a welcome return to the EnduroGP podium with third. Jaume Betriu (KTM) secured his best result of the season with fourth, while Will Ruprecht (TM) was fifth.

Enduro1 – Verona Crowned Enduro1 World Champion

With hopes of wrapping up the Enduro1 title with a day to spare, Andrea Verona (GASGAS) began his GP of France in a determined mood. Fastest Enduro1 rider in the AKRAPOVIC Super Test, he won the opening CHAMPION Enduro Test and NERVE by JUST1 Extreme Test to take an early lead.

Faced with a strong challenge from both Matteo Cavallo (TM) and Theophile Espinasse (Honda) during the middle part of the day, Espinasse held the Enduro1 lead entering the final lap. Picking up his pace, the Italian raced his way back into contention to claim an important win and with closest rival Davide Guarneri (Fantic) in fourth, he became the 2021 FIM Enduro1 World Champion.

“It feels amazing to win today to become the world champion – I wasn’t quite expecting this,” told Verona. “It was a tough day. I didn’t think I would get the victory, so to pull it off and win the title with a day to spare is fantastic. A big thank you to GASGAS and the team. It’s been an incredible season for us.”

Enduro2 – Garcia Becomes Enduro2 World Champ

With his win in EnduroGP, Garcia also topped Enduro2. But adding to the occasion, his victory allowed him to claim the Enduro2 championship honours with one day remaining. After a three-year absence from the championship, clinching the Enduro2 crown was an important and emotional milestone in the Spaniard’s career.

“It’s been a perfect day,” said Garcia. “After being away from EnduroGP for three years to return this season and win the Enduro2 crown is an incredible feeling and an emotional moment for sure. Of course, there is still a chance that I could also win EnduroGP, but this title means a lot and I can’t thank KTM enough for their support. We’ll see tomorrow if the double is possible!”

Racing his way back to speed and fitness, Steve Holcombe was on flying form in France. Clearly enjoying the classic French tests, the Beta rider topped three tests to finish 13 seconds behind Garcia in second. Will Ruprecht took third. Putting in a solid performance, Joe Wootton (Husqvarna) ended his day nine seconds behind Ruprecht in fourth, while Thomas Oldrati (Honda) was fifth.

Enduro3 – Freeman Defends Enduro3 Crown

As it has been all season so far, Enduro3 was again all about Brad Freeman. The Beta rider was untouchable as he also fought for overall EnduroGP honours. Comfortably powering his way to an incredible 11th consecutive win, he successfully defended his Enduro3 crown to become a six-time FIM Enduro World Champion.

“It feels great to wrap up the Enduro3 title and back up what I won last year,” said Freeman. “I really love riding this 300 two-stroke and the bike never missed a beat all season. I’m really happy to have brought another title to the team because they work so hard for this. Hopefully tomorrow we can go on to win the big one and get that EnduroGP crown.”

Jaume Betriu (KTM) was runner-up to Freeman, while Daniel McCanney (Sherco) took third. Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) and Antoine Basset (Beta) completed the top five.

Enduro Women – Sanz Moves Closer To Title

The EnduroGP of France saw the Enduro Women back in action for the final time this season. Picking up where she left off in Sweden, Laia Sanz (GASGAS) took the win. Although second to Jane Daniels (Fantic) in the AKRAPOVIC Super Test, Sanz took control straight away on Saturday to win every special test. With a 54-second margin of victory, Sanz now has a comfortable 12-point lead over Daniels with one day remaining.

“It was an important day to win to help my championship hopes,” told Sanz. “I didn’t feel like my speed was perfect, but I had no major mistakes and was able to remain consistent. I have a nice points gap heading into tomorrow, but I still need a strong result to get the job done!”

Finishing as runner-up to Sanz on day one, Daniels now moves ahead of Mireia Badia (GASGAS) – third on day one – in the fight for vice-champion. However, only one point separates the duo, meaning tomorrow is all to play for. Justine Martel (KTM) and Rosie Rowett (KTM) completed the top five.

Enduro Junior – Joy For Etchells

Enduro Junior saw Jed Etchells (Fantic) take victory. His first win of the season, the Manxman battled right to the final test with Bernat Cortes (GASGAS) to top the podium by just over two seconds. In the fight for this year’s title, championship leader Matteo Pavoni (TM) had a mixed day at the office finishing third. But with closest rival and teammate Lorenzo Macoritto placing fourth, Pavoni holds a 17-point advantage with one day remaining and looks to be the champion elect.

Enduro Youth – Norrbin’s Win Streak Continues

Already clinching Enduro Youth title honours last weekend in Portugal, Albin Norrbin (Fantic) enjoyed a victory lap on day one in France, securing a comfortable win. The Swede was fastest by 44 seconds. Sherco’s Thibault Giraudon placed second, with Harry Edmondson (Fantic) in third. Leo Joyon (Beta) and Kevin Cristino (Fantic) were fourth and fifth respectively.

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