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PRESENTS THE GASGAS ENDURO FACTORY TEAM IN LYON
Danny McCanney - GasGas Factory - Official
The team, led by Team Manager Giovanni Sala, consists of Christophe Nambotin, Danny McCanney and Antoine Basset.
Torrot, owner of GasGas, revealed at midday in the Salon du 2 Roues de Lyon its renewed commitment for the 2018 Enduro season, with Christophe Nambotin, Danny McCanney and Antoine Basset as riders in the GasGas Enduro Factory Team. All of them will be under the orders of Giovanni Sala, the Team Manager of the squad.
Nambotin and McCanney return to the official GasGas team in the World Championship to fight for the E3 title on the powerful EC 300. These are two important reinforcements for a squad that, in 2018, gets Antoine Basset back again. The Frenchman, fully recovered from the serious knee injury that kept him away him from the World Championship last year, will climb back onto the EC 250 in E2 to demonstrate the competitiveness of one of the few two stokes in the mid-range category.
The GasGas Enduro Factory Team will be taking on one of the great promises of Finnish enduro, the young Eemil Pohjola, who will compete in the EJ [Enduro Junior] category of the World Championship, reserved for riders under 23 years of age.
Nambotin, McCanney, Basset and Pohjola will debut with the Torrot company's competition team at the EnduroGP World Championship on Saturday, March 17th at the Helsinki GP (Finland). It will be the first of the eight events of a competition that this year returns to its old format, with the categories of E1, E2 and E3, and also recovers the old absolute classification for all the engine sizes, keeping the name of EnduroGP for this category and so giving the name to the competition.
GasGas doubles up its presence this season in the Enduro classes with the addition of David Knight and Lars Enöckl. Both will be taking part in the newly created World Enduro Super Series (WESS). Meanwhile, the three GasGas 'Dakarians' –Johnny Aubert, Jonathan Barragán and Cristian España– will combine their preparation for the next edition of the Dakar Rally with their participation in the Spanish Enduro Championship. The French rider, classified sixth in the 2018 Dakar, will also compete in the Enduro Classics calendar in France.
We are aware that the first event in Helsinki will not be an easy start. The favorites there will be the local riders but, thanks to the intense training we carried out in Finland a few weeks ago, our riders have become familiar with snow and ice. We hope to complete a good race and add on the first points of the World Championship.