Podium Success For Yamaha And McCanney In France
Wrapping up his 2016 Enduro World Championship campaign on a positive note, Miglio Yamaha Official Enduro 1 Team rider Jamie McCanney secured his fourth Enduro 1 class podium result of the season finishing third on day one at the GP of France.
Making his return to competitive action after injury an impressive one, the Manxman spent the whole weekend in Cahors battling for the podium in the highly competitive Enduro 1 class.
Despite warm and dry conditions making the last GP of the season a challenging one, McCanney was fast aboard his WR250F machine from the get go. Posting top three times in three out of nine tests during day one he finished the race 36 seconds behind eventual winner Nathan Watson. Chasing hard for another podium result on day two, Jamie felt his lack of racing hours affect him physically and had to settle for fifth.
With the injury he sustained before the GP of Greece ending his chances of fighting for the title, Jamie finished 10th in the 2016 Enduro 1 World Championship standings.
Jamie's teammate Mikael Persson entered the GP of France having his sights set on concluding his first season of senior class competition with a podium result. Starting day one posting the second fastest time in the short extreme test, the Swede made a series of mistakes during the day that forced him to settle for 11th.
Confident he could improve on his race pace on day two, Persson was holding on to a provisional sixth at the end of lap one, before a minor fall left him with severe back pain and suspected fractured ribs. Unable to finish day two Persson lost a spot in the Enduro 1 championship standings, where he finally finished ninth.
Jamie McCanney - Miglio Yamaha Official Enduro 1 Team
3rd Day 1 / 5th Day 2
"I can honestly say this was a very good GP for me. It's too bad it was the last round of the season. It's only the third week I'm back riding after staying completely off a bike for three months. I just wanted to make sure that once I would get back, I'd be 100% ready to do it properly. To be fair I wasn't expecting to be able to get on the podium straight away, so I was really happy with finishing third on day one. Then on day two the heat and the fatigue got me I guess. Despite feeling tired I still finished quite strong in fifth. I'm happy enough with my results this weekend and glad to be back to the paddock."
Mikael Persson - Miglio Yamaha Official Enduro 1 Team
11th Day 1 / DNF Day 2
"It's been a tough GP and we did our best to wrap up the season with a podium result. I made a couple of small mistakes on day one that kept me outside the top ten. Knowing what I had to do, I got off to a good start on day two holding on to sixth place at the end of the first lap. Unfortunately, I had a small crash that didn't allow me to finish the day. It was just a minor tip over but I hit a tree when falling that caused severe pain in my lower back. Overall, I'm really satisfied with the progress we did this year. It's been a learning season and I can't thank enough the team for sticking behind me throughout the season. I hope I can come back next year to fight for the top again in Enduro 1."