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2018 Enduro World Championship
Jamie McCanney & Loic Larrieu Collect Four Podium
Visiting Estonia for the first time in the history of the FIM Enduro World Championship, round four of this year’s series saw the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team duo of Jamie McCanney and Loïc Larrieu wrap up a demanding weekend of racing in Tallinn with an impressive collection of four podium results. Holding onto the provisional Enduro 1 championship lead, Jamie McCanney landed in Estonia with the goal to further extend his advantage in the series but a crash early on day one made things a lot harder for the WR250F powered rider. Suffering the effects of the brutal fall on his body, Jamie had to give his all to secure the runner-up spot in the Enduro 1 category on day one.
Continuing to race through the pain, McCanney claimed a second consecutive runner-up result on the second day of racing in Estonia. Tied for points at the top of the Enduro 1 World Championship standings with Brad Freeman, McCanney retains the provisional lead in the series as a result of the four class victories the Yamaha rider has earned so far in 2018.
For the team’s official representative in the Enduro 2 category, Loïc Larrieu put in two strong performances in Estonia. Enjoying a consistent pace throughout day one, Loïc concluded the first full day of racing in Tallinn with a third-place result in the category. Putting in another strong performance on day two, the Frenchman improved to a runner-up result on Sunday.
Halfway through the season, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Larrieu is currently placed third in the Enduro 2 World Championship standings. Loïc is now just three points behind the provisional runner-up Eero Remes. Jamie and Loïc are currently placed fifth and sixth respectively in the provisional EnduroGP World Championship standings.
Marc Bourgeois - Team manager
“It was a tough GP and we were happy to see both our riders finish on the podium in their respective classes. The wrist injury Loïc suffered in the beginning of the season has made it harder for him to battle for victories but I am confident that in the remaining four rounds he will be back even stronger. For us it was good to learn last week that the penultimate round of the series will take place in France. It’s great to have the support of the French fans and Loïc has proved he can use their support to his advantage. As for Jamie, he had to battle through pain throughout the weekend in Estonia and we are more than content with his two strong runner-up results. His crash in the opening test on Saturday left him with pain and his determination to keep fighting was impressive during the weekend. Our goal now is to have Jamie race with our team next weekend at the Trèfle Lozérien, but his participation will be decided later during this week. I personally believe it would be best for him to take some time off in order to be 100% fit for the GP of Trentino. We will see how his recovery goes and make a decision prior to the weekend’s event.”
"It was a challenging weekend and I had to race through pain. A big crash in the opening test on day one made it all more difficult and from then on it was all about salvaging as much points as possible for the championship. Following the crash, I suffered pain on my wrist and my back and had to ride through the pain throughout the weekend. Every point counts if you’re battling for a title and I’m happy with these two second places in Estonia. I gave my best until the last special test and the points collected have me now tied in points with Brad. There is still a long way to go for the series to end and I will do my best to get this championship.”
"It was a good GP. I’m happy I avoided mistakes or crashes and had a good pace from start to finish each day. The level of competition is really high in the class and it's down to the smallest of details in every test. Alex Salvini and Eero Remes were really fast this weekend. On Sunday Remes’ DNF allowed me to get the runner-up spot in the class. We’ve had a tough beginning of the season and I would have secured even more points if it weren’t for my wrist injury. From now on I know I have to give 110% to get as closer as possible to the top in the remainder of the championship. Our focus now is a good overall performance at this weekend’s Trèfle Lozérien before heading to Italy for the GP of Trentino. We expect Salvini to be very strong in Italy, so the plan is to give my best to battle for the Enduro 2 class victory.”
The Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action this weekend at
the 2018 edition of the Trèfle Lozérien, before heading to Pietramurata in
Italy for the fifth round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on June 29/30.