Solid Runner-Up Result For Larrieu In Spain
Continuing his impressive run of form in the Enduro World Championship, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team rider Loic Larrieu ended round six of the 2016 series with a solid runner-up result on day two at the GP of Spain. Teammate Cristobal Guerrero wrapped up his home GP with two top eight results.
Held on the varied terrain of the Basque countryside in and around the small town of Gordexola, the GP of Spain proved to be another mentally and physically exhausting event for all riders. Battling through mixed weather conditions and an extremely tough course, Loic and Cristobal battled their way to the end of two demanding days of competition.
Gradually improving his pace after a cautious start on day one Larrieu went on to record top three times in four out of the nine special tests, winning the motocross test on the penultimate lap. Loic eventually finished his day in fifth place, 11 seconds behind the top three in Enduro 2.
As the terrain got drier Loic was able to improve his speed on the second day of the event. Impressively fast around the eight-minute long motocross test the Frenchman went on to claim a well-deserved runner-up result in Enduro 2 to earn a spot on the E2 class podium for the fifth time this season. Loic also was a runner-up in the overall EnduroGP standings on day two.
For Larrieu's Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team partner Cristobal Guerrero the GP of Spain started with a strong fifth place result in the opening Super Test on Friday evening. Staying consistent throughout the weekend Cristobal ended his home round of the series with eight and seventh place results in Enduro 2.
With six out of eight rounds of the 2016 Enduro World Championship now completed, Loic Larrieu now sits fourth in the Enduro 2 championship standings having reduced the gap to third-placed Taylor Robert to just one point. Cristobal Guerrero remains sixth.
The 2016 FIM Enduro World Championship will now move to Fabriano in Italy for round seven of the series on July 16/17.
Loic Larrieu - Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team
5th Day 1 / 2nd Day 2
"It was a difficult start to the GP for me. My bike wasn't quite running perfectly, which made it difficult for me during the super test. I also made a mistake ahead of the race and decided to use a hard mousse inside my rear tyre, which made things really difficult during the first lap. The rain on the hard ground made things very slippery. But I ended the day fifth, only 11 seconds from third. I pushed hard during the second day and didn't make any big mistakes. The day went much better and it was good to finish second in E2 and overall. After a difficult start to day one it's great to finish the race with these very positive results. Now I'm hoping the weather will also be dry for the GP of Italy in two weeks."
Cristobal Guerrero - Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team
8th Day 1 / 7th Day 2
"I feel like it's been one the most frustrating GPs of my career. After the Swedish GP I felt really good and prepared well for this race. I really wanted to get a good result here in Spain. In the first enduro test on day one I crashed twice and then also crashed again in the first extreme and motocross tests. I lost something like 40 seconds in that first lap. I pushed hard after that but it was impossible to take back the time I'd lost. Things were better in some tests on day two but it's been a disappointing home GP for me."