Loïc Larrieu Finishes Runner-Up In 2017 EnduroGP World Championship
Adding two more top three results to his 2017 EnduroGP campaign, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team's Loïc Larrieu has wrapped up a strong season of competition by securing the runner-up spot in the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship.
Taking place in Zschopau, the eighth and final round of the series marked a return to the traditional enduro race format. Entering the event determined to battle for two race victories, Larrieu enjoyed a strong weekend of racing in Germany.
Topping the short opening Super Test on Friday evening, the WR450F mounted rider posted five top three test times during a long and demanding day one on Saturday. Claiming third on day one, the Frenchman was determined to come back even stronger on the second day of racing on German soil.
Despite heavy overnight rain making tracks even more demanding on Sunday, Loïc put in fastest times in five out of nine special tests. Claiming a strong runner-up EnduroGP class result, he secured second in the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship.
In what has been just his second season of racing aboard Yamaha's WR450F machine, Larrieu has enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign. Topping the individual outright standings at the 2017 International Six Days Enduro, the Frenchman improved on his third place in the 2016 Enduro 2 World Championship to finish as a runner-up in the premier EnduroGP category in 2017.
Loïc Larrieu Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
3rd Day 1 / 2nd Day 2
"I really wanted to end the season on a high so I did my best for two good results here in Germany. It was a good event and I really liked the motocross test. My goal was to battle for the win on both days. I had a good fight with Holcombe and Nambotin on day one and I finished third. Steve [Holcombe] had a very strong season and he deserved to win the title. It's been a pleasure racing against him and it helped me improve my speed and consistency. With the title decided on Saturday, I could ride with no pressure for the runner-up spot on Sunday. Overall, I'm satisfied with the progress we made this season. I believe I got stronger and after the middle of the season I could consistently fight for the podium. I feel I've learned a lot this year and I know where to focus my attention during the off-season. We worked a lot to develop the bike during the last two seasons and now we've proved we have a machine capable of winning races. I feel comfortable on my WR450F at the moment and can't wait to show what I'm capable of in 2018."