Loïc Larrieu In Contention For Enduro 2 Class Victory In Italy
A contender for the Enduro 2 class victory throughout the weekend in Edolo, Italy Loïc Larrieu wrapped up round six of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship with a runner-up and a fifth place result at the GP of Italy. With the series now heading to its penultimate round in France, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider is third and just one-point behind the runner-up in the provisional Enduro 2 World Championship standings.
Taking place in wet and muddy conditions, the GP of Italy proved to be quite a challenge for the Enduro World Championship regulars. Suffering a few small mistakes in the short opening SuperTest, Larrieu was able to salvage a 10th place result on Friday night.
Coming back stronger on the first full day of racing on Saturday, the Frenchman was less than a second behind the provisional class leader before hitting a rock and seeing his chain come off in the penultimate extreme test. Losing more than 50 seconds getting it back on and getting going again, Larrieu finished second in the class on day one.
Posting top-three times in five out of 12 tests on Sunday, the WR450F powered rider wrapped up his weekend with fifth on day two.
Loïc Larrieu and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.
Loïc Larrieu – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
2nd Day 1 / 5th Day 2
"This weekend we showed we are capable of battling for the class victory and I'm happy about that. It was a tough GP and two very long days of racing in difficult conditions. The weekend did not start in the best possible way for me as a few small mistakes in the SuperTest didn't bring the desired result. Heading to the first full day I was confident I could push for better results as such slippery conditions suit my riding style. The day was going quite well and my pace was great in the long enduro and motocross tests. Overall, I topped six tests during the day, but my chain hit a rock in the penultimate extreme test and had to stop and fix it. I lost a bunch of time there and had to settle for second on day one. Day two was more of a struggle for everybody. I put in some good test time, but a few mistakes, as well as hitting my chain again, resulted in me finishing the day in fifth place. I'm now third in the championship and just one-point behind Eero [Remes] as we head to our home GP in France. I'll do my best to come back stronger in Methamis."