Erik Appelqvist Makes Steps Forward At Challenging GP Of Trentino
Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team rider Erik Appelqvist has wrapped up the GP of Trentino with a 12th place result in the highly competitive Enduro Junior category. Posting times inside the top six on three different occasions during the weekend, the young Swede showed he is continuing to make progress aboard the team's WR250F machine.
Featuring a mixture of three motocross races, four enduro tests and another four extreme tests, the GP of Trentino was a different challenge for all competitors. Gaining yet more valuable racing time aboard the WR250F, 20-year-old Appelqvist was able to show more of what he is capable of in Italy.
Kicking off the GP with a strong sixth place result in the short opening SuperTest, Erik was not able to get the starts he'd hoped for on Saturday morning's motocross races. Battling for a spot inside the top seven, he suffered two minor falls in the first and last motocross races that cost the Swede valuable time.
With the race entering its second phase, Erik kept improving his pace in the afternoon enduro tests. Entering the final part of the GP provisionally placed in ninth position, the Swede suffered two crucial mistakes in the evening extreme tests and had to settle for 12th in the Enduro Junior category. Erik was also seventh in the Enduro Junior 1 category for under 23 riders on 250cc bikes.
Posting times inside the top five aboard his enduro-modified YZ 125 machine, Appelqvist's teammate Marcus Adielsson secured an eighth-place result in the Enduro Youth class.
The Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team return to action in Edolo, Italy for round six of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on August 31, September 2.
Erik Appelqvist - Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team rider
12th Enduro Junior / 7th Enduro Junior 1
"I am really satisfied with my speed over the weekend. This was just my second GP on the WR250F, but I feel we are making some good steps ahead. We've spent a considerable amount of time working with the team prior to this GP and I was more than happy to see the hard work pay off. I felt comfortable on the bike and I could put in some good times inside the top six in several tests. This GP had a different format and it was a new challenge for all. In the motocross races I felt I had the speed to battle for the top spots. My starts were not that great, but then I kept my head down and pushed hard. Going into the enduro tests, the tracks were tricky and slippery, but I was happy to get some good test times. I think at that point I was battling for the top six in my class and that was quite positive. My speed in the first part of the extreme test was good but I got stuck twice in this almost vertical uphill and lost more than two minutes. Overall, I'm satisfied with where we're at right now and I can't wait for the next races."
Joakim Johansson - Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team Manager
"Erik has been making some good progress and we're happy with his performance in Italy. He's shown some good speed in the motocross test and he keeps getting better and better in the enduro and extreme sections. We're happy for that and we believe he has all the right tools to step things up in the future. Overall, he was having a great run in Trentino but a few small mistakes in the extreme test forced him to lose a lot of time. He needs to get some more experience and we are here to support him. We've been testing some new settings on our WR250F and so far Erik is more than happy with the performance of his bike. I'm personally really looking forward to the next round of the World Championship in Edolo, Italy."