Courtesy of Yamaha Racing
Following their positive outings at the season opening GP of Finland in March, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team riders Loïc Larrieu and Jamie McCanney are all set for this weekend’s round two of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Collecting two top seven results in the extremely cold conditions in Finland, Yamaha’s official representative in the Enduro 2 class Loïc Larrieu is eager to show more of what he’s capable of in conditions that are expected to be more familiar to him. Enjoying a good overall feeling aboard the updated edition of the WR450F, Loïc is looking forward to the long weekend of enduro racing in the north of Spain.
Tasting victory in Finland, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team’s Jamie McCanney will look for more Enduro 1 podium topping success this weekend in Spain. Looking for two strong performances over the weekend, the Brit has his mind focused on also extending his lead in the class’ provisional championship standings.
Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team’s newest recruit Albin Elowson has been forced to miss the GP of Spain due to an injury sustained last Saturday, while racing in the Swedish Enduro Championship. Working hard to get back to full fitness, the young Swede now has his eyes set on making his World Championship debut with Yamaha during the following round of the series on May 4/6 in Portugal.
Round two of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship kicks off on Friday evening with the SuperTest taking place in the San Lazaro football stadium outside the city of Santiago de Compostela. Moving to the main part of the race during the weekend, competitors will have to complete three laps of 70km on Saturday and on Sunday, with three tests per lap testing their skills and speed in varying conditions.
Marc Bourgeois – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team Manager
“Following their strong performances in Finland, both Jamie and Loïc are looking forward for the Spanish GP. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela earlier this week, we were all happy to find out we’re in for a real enduro event. The special tests are great and the whole atmosphere here in Spain is a lot closer to what we’re used to. There might also be some rain during the weekend, and that would make it even more interesting. After his win in Finland Jamie comes to Spain with high expectations. He’s feeling great on our WR250F machine and we expect him to fight for the win in Enduro 1 on both days. As for Loïc, he took some time to recover from his small finger injury and now he’s ready to show his potential again. Loïc is really happy with the development of our WR450F machine and he can’t wait to race in more familiar conditions during this weekend in Spain.”
Joakim Johansson – Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team Manager
“Albin has worked really hard to prepare for the season and all of us in the team were really looking forward to seeing him race his first GP aboard our WR250F machine. Unfortunately, a small injury sustained last Saturday while racing the Swedish Enduro Championship makes it impossible for him to contest the GP of Spain. Enjoying a great day at the Swedish championship Albin was provisionally leading the overall but a crash left him with a concussion. We are disappointed not to see Albin race in Spain but we now have our eyes set on having him back with us next week in Portugal. We know this championship will be long so nothing is lost yet. Albin is doing his best to come back soon.”
Calendar – 2018 FIM EnduroGP World Championship
Round 1 – 17/18 March: GP of Finland (Lake Paijanne) [No Enduro Junior]
Round 2 – 27/29 April: GP of Spain (Santiago de Compostela)
Round 3 – 4/6 May: GP of Portugal (Castelo Branco)
Round 4 – 1/3 June: GP of Estonia (Tallinn)
Round 5 – 29/30 June: GP of Trentino (Arco di Trento) [No Enduro Junior]
Round 6 – 31 August/2 September: GP of Italy (Edolo)
Round 7 – 22/23 September: GP of United Kingdom (Hawkstone Park)
Round 8 – 12/14 October: GP of Germany (Woltersdorf)