Double Enduro 2 Podium Delight For Loïc Larrieu In Spain
Held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, round two of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship saw Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Loïc Larrieu secure two top three Enduro 2 class results over a demanding weekend of racing in changing conditions.
With heavy rain making riding even more demanding on day two, the second round of this year's championship was a challenge for all competitors. Aboard the updated version of Yamaha's WR450F machine, Larrieu fought for the coveted Enduro 2 class victory on both days of competition in the north of Spain.
Enjoying a great start to the GP, Loïc claimed a solid second in the Enduro 2 class and third in the overall Enduro GP category at the end of the short, opening SuperTest. Topping four out of twelve tests contested on day one, the Frenchman was third and less than 30 seconds behind day one's winner.
Entering day two determined to go even higher, Larrieu was leading the provisional overall standings until a small mistake in the extreme test saw the Yamaha rider lose more than one-minute to his main rivals. Pushing hard to get back the time lost, he wrapped up the day as the Enduro 2 class runner up, less than three seconds behind the winner.
Loïc Larrieu and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Castelo Branco, Portugal for round three of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on May 4/6.
Loïc Larrieu – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
3rd Day 1 / 2nd Day 2
"It was a difficult weekend but I managed to collect some good points for my championship hunt. The specials were long and demanding and the rain on Saturday night, and on Sunday, made things even harder. From my side, some small mistakes here and there didn't let me battle for the win. My pace was a lot better on day two and I felt good on my bike, but a big mistake while leading the overall made me lose a lot of time. I did my best to bounce back after that mistake and I ended up finishing second in my class with a gap of less than three seconds to Salvini. Recovering from my small wrist injury I stayed away from my bike for the last few weeks. Luckily the pain was bearable here in Spain so I could focus on my riding. I'm hoping it will get even better during this coming week so I can be 100% ready to fight for the overall win again in Portugal."