Loïc Larrieu Enjoys Double Podium Result In France
Coming closer than ever this season to securing the coveted Enduro 2 class victory, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Loïc Larrieu collected two third place class results at the GP of France. 22 seconds behind the winner on day one, the Frenchman was less than two seconds from a provisional first season victory on day two.
With warm and dusty conditions making the GP of France a demanding one, the race followed a unique sprint enduro format. The event featured a total of 18 special tests during the weekend with no connecting 'liaison' sections.
Struggling to get a good pace during the beginning of day one, Larrieu put the hammer down after the third test of the day. From then on and until the end of day one, the WR450F powered rider wasn't outside the top three in any of the tests contested.
Day two saw Larrieu battle for the class victory from the first until the last special test. Topping the opening test, the Frenchman suffered a fall on test three. Despite losing precious time, he pushed hard and finished the day less than two seconds behind the class winner Eero Remes.
Remaining third in the Enduro 2 World Championship standings, Larrieu is 21 points behind provisional leader Alex Salvini and seven points behind runner-up Remes.
Loïc Larrieu and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Rüdersdorf, Germany for the final round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on October 12/14.
Loïc Larrieu – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
3rd Day 1 / 3rd Day 2
"It was a different event and it took me some time to find my pace and start putting in some good times on this incredibly dry and slippery terrain. I didn't start day one as well as I would have wanted to but kept pushing during the day to get back some of the time lost in the morning. I ended up three seconds behind the rider in second and that was a little bit disappointing. Then on day two I had a good rhythm from the start, but I had a crash in one of the uphill sections and lost 20 seconds there. It is always difficult to come back after such a mistake, but I kept pushing. In the end, I lost the win by less than two seconds. We had a close battle on both days and I was not able to get the results I was hoping for. Nothing is lost yet and we are now focusing on the final in Germany in October."