Larrieu & Yamaha Claim Enduro 2 Class Victory In Italy
Continuing to deliver impressive results during his Enduro World Championship campaign, Loic Larrieu has secured a second Enduro 2 class victory for the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team, this time on the second day of competition at the GP of Italy.
With heavy rain prior to the event, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team duo of Loic Larrieu and Cristobal Guerrero continued to demonstrate the potential of the revolutionary Yamaha WR450F in mixed and challenging track conditions. Featuring a long and technical enduro test along with a fast and flowing motocross test and a man-made extreme test, the GP of Italy proved anything but easy for all riders.
Posting the third fastest time during Friday evening's Super Test, Larrieu opted for a cautious approach during a wet and slippery day one on Saturday. Spending most of the day battling for the class' podium, the WR450F mounted rider finally settled for fourth in Enduro 2.
From the start of day two Loic made his intentions of fighting for the win clear as the Frenchman won the day's opening motocross test before continuing to improve as the race progressed. Claiming the provisional lead during the start of the final lap, he went on to win two out of the three closing special tests to secure his second victory of the season in the Enduro 2 class.
Taking advantage of his vast enduro experience, Larrieu's teammate Cristobal Guerrero was fast throughout the weekend despite the changing track conditions. Determined to improve on his sixth place day one result the Spaniard frustratingly tweaked his knee during the last lap on day two and was forced to switch to survival mode. Riding to the finish in order to collect championship points he wrapped up the GP with another sixth place result.
Collecting 33 valuable points from the GP of Italy Larrieu climbed to third in the Enduro 2 championship standings, 18 points behind second-placed Mathias Bellino. Cristobal Guerrero remains sixth in the point standings.
The Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team will return to action in France, where the final round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship takes place on September 10-11.
Loic Larrieu - Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team
4th Day 1 / 1st Day 2
"It's incredible to finish the GP of Italy with the Enduro 2 class win. The way the event started for me makes this even more special. The slippery conditions were really hard on day one. The extreme test was like EnduroCross, with many rocks and logs, and the enduro test was really challenging. That added to the changing weather made it a difficult day for me. I wasn't able to get comfortable with the conditions, which was frustrating. But day two was completely different. The weather was better, I felt better on all of the tests and to end the day with victory after pushing hard all the day is great. It's amazing how different the two days were. Next is my home race of the championship so I hope we can repeat the result there."
Cristobal Guerrero - Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team
6th Day 1 / 6th Day 2
"It was difficult on the first lap on day one. On some of the steep down hills I was in first gear with both brakes on and sliding from tree to tree. The conditions changed quite a lot during the day so I was happy to keep my speed up and pleased with sixth in Enduro 2. I felt really good on day two, the drier conditions were good for me. The first two laps went really well but in the last enduro test I hurt my left knee. It was almost impossible to ride but I managed to finish, which was really difficult. It is a very disappointing way to end the Italian GP."