Loïc Larrieu Earns Two Fourth Place Results At Tough EnduroGP Of Portugal
Getting the best out of a physically demanding round six of the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Loïc Larrieu secured two fourth places results at the EnduroGP of Portugal.
Contested under blazing hot temperatures, the Portuguese GP featured long and challenging special tests that tested competitors' stamina and physical strength.
Enjoying the best possible start to the event, Larrieu topped the short opening SuperTest, which was contested right outside the city of Castelo Branco on Friday evening.
Entering the first full day of racing hoping to keep his streak of podium results going, Yamaha's official representative in the premier class of the championship suffered a few mistakes that forced him to settle for fourth on Saturday.
Larrieu's battle for the EnduroGP class podium continued on day two. Enjoying a very competitive pace in the short extreme test, the WR450F mounted rider wrapped up the day fourth in the class and less than six seconds behind the rider in third.
Retaining his second place in the provisional EnduroGP World Championship standings, Larrieu will now look to wrap up the championship on a high in the two remaining rounds in Great Britain and Germany.
Loïc Larrieu and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Hawkstone Park, Great Britain, round seven of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship on September 23/24.
Loïc Larrieu Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
4th Day 1 / 4th Day 2
"It was a tough and somehow strange event. Starting the weekend with a win in the SuperTest was a good confidence booster. For the rest of the weekend, the enduro test and the cross test were pretty similar. They were both too long and you had to keep pushing and pushing to get good times. I did my best but couldn't get the best of feelings in these two tests. On the contrary, I felt really good in the shorter extreme test and managed to put in some competitive times. Overall, it was just one of these challenging GPs and I kept working trying to improve my times. On Sunday we made some small changes and immediately saw some big improvements. I pushed hard for the podium but had a fall in the last enduro test and lost precious time. Our focus now is on the next GP in Great Britain and the goal is to get back on the EnduroGP podium."