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2018 Enduro World Championship
Grand Prix of Italy (Trentino)

Loc Larrieu moves up to second in the Enduro 2 World Championship

The Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team duo of Loc Larrieu and Jamie McCanney entered this special GP of Trentino in Italy aiming to continue their strong 2018 campaigns. Starting with a SuperTest on Friday evening, the main part of the event took place on Saturday. Without any connecting liaison sections, competitors raced three motocross motos in the morning before going on to contests a series of enduro and extreme tests. With four enduro tests planned for the afternoon, the event ended with another four challenging extreme tests in the evening.

Starting the weekend with a strong runner-up result in the short opening SuperTest, Larrieu went on to win two out of three motocross races on Saturday morning. Remaining inside the top five after the four enduro tests, he improved to third overall and second in Enduro 2 following his runs in the extreme test.

Suffering a shoulder dislocation while battling for the Enduro 1 class victory, Jamie McCanney was unable to score any points in Italy. The Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider will take advantage of the two-month break in the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship and aim to return to competition at the next round of the series, at the end of August. With three rounds remaining in the championship, Jamie is currently second and 20 points behind provisional Enduro 1 class leader Brad Freeman.

Marc Bourgeois Team manager
With its unique format, the GP of Trentino was a new challenge for all. For Loc and Jamie, this new challenge made it all more interesting and they were both looking forward to this event. Starting with the motocross races on Saturday morning was an advantage for Loc. He used his vast experience in these conditions to win two out of three races and finish second in the last one. He then enjoyed a good pace in the enduro test. His speed in the last extreme tests impressed us all. His plan was to ride consistently, trying not to run out of energy. He ended up impressing us all by posting very competitive times. As for Jamie, we are really disappointed with the outcome of this race. He was having a great race and he posted some great times in the enduro test. We wish him the best for a speedy recovery.

"Theres not much to say, really. I am disappointed with the crash and for not being able to score any points in Italy. I had some good races in the motocross test in the morning and I was gradually reducing the gap to the leader in the enduro test. Unfortunately, I crashed while trying to take the provisional lead in the third enduro test. Looking at the positives, I am lucky that this injury happened now as we have two months before the following GP. The plan is to let my body recover properly before returning to action at the GP of Italy. I want to thank my team for their great support during these difficult times.

Loc Larrieu
"I am really happy with my performance this weekend. It all started well and I posted the second best time in the SuperTest on Friday. Then on Saturday I felt really comfortable in the motocross test and I managed to stay up front without pushing over the limit. In the enduro test I lost a bit of time to my rivals but it was all to play for in the last few extreme tests. The gap to the leading pack was not that big and I knew it would be crucial to avoid mistakes in the extreme tests. I felt good racing my bike in these difficult conditions. Im leaving Trentino with the runner-up spot in the Enduro 2 championship and with a sizeable gap to the rider in third. I will take advantage of this small three-week break before my next race to allow my wrist to heal up a bit. I want to wish a quick recovery to Jamie. It was a bummer to see him crash as his times in the enduro test were great.

Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Teams Loc Larrieu will return to action at the fourth and fifth rounds of the French Enduro Championship in Moirans en Montagne (39) on July 20/21.