Husqvarna’s Pela RENET leads the way on day one at the FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship GP of Sweden in Enköping. With day one in Enköping marking the start of the second half of the 2014 series there was triumph for Renet in the Enduro 2 class while the KTM duo Christophe NAMBOTIN and Matt PHILLIPS won their respective Enduro 1 and Enduro 3 categories. Turning up the heat on the EWC competitors, the GP of Sweden proved itself to be one of the longest seen for some time. With over two hours of special tests to complete, seeing the Enköping finish line was anything but easy.
Recording his fifth win of the series, France’s Pela RENET (Husqvarna) led home the field of the Enduro 2 riders on day one in Enköping. Trailing both Johnny AUBERT (F-Beta) and Alex SALVINI (I-Honda) on lap one, the Husqvarna rider found his stride as they started lap two. Easing away to win 12 of the day’s 16 special tests, RENET took a comfortable win. “That was one of the longest, most physically demanding days of the EWC for some time,” confirmed RENET. “With so many special tests it was very tough but I did enjoy it. I found my pace early on, tried to remain consistent and not make mistakes. It’s great to be on the top step of the podium again.” Ending his day as runner-up to RENET, AUBERT finished almost two minutes behind his French compatriot while placing nearly one minute clear of SALVINI. With the Italian completing the top three, Spain’s Lorenzo SANTOLINO (Sherco) fought his way inside the top five to place fourth while Finland’s Roni NIKANDER (KTM) featured strongly on the rocky Swedish terrain to finish fifth.
Pela RENET won everything today: E2, Xtreme Test Award, Mika Ahola Brave One Trophy
Firmly establishing himself as the rider to watch for in the Enduro 3 ranks, Australia’s Matt Phillips (KTM) won day one. But despite taking his fourth consecutive victory, it was a tough day at the office for the KTM rider. Injuring his wrist midway through the day, Phillips dug deep to win. “Mathias was riding really strong but I managed to get into the lead about lap two,” commented Phillips. “I then hurt my wrist and had to try and adapt my riding but with Mathias close it was a fight to the finish. It feels awesome to get another win in the bag.” Starting his weekend off with the fastest time in the Super Test, France’s Mathias BELLINO (Husqvarna) put up the closest challenge to PHILLIPS – even tually finishing as runner-up. Leading early on, BELLINO lost out to PHILLIPS on lap two but a serious push for victory on the final lap kept the Frenchman in contention for victory until the 16th and final special test. Claiming his first E3 podium result, France’s Jeremy JOLY (KTM) found the long and testing day in Sweden to his liking to secure third. Recording yet another top five result, Portugal’s Luis CORREIA (Beta) ended his day in fourth. Back in competitive EWC action following his recent knee injury, Sweden’s Joakim LJUNGGREN (Husqvarna) finished a very impressive fifth. It was a hard day for championship leader Ivan CERVANTES (KTM). In obvious discomfort from his injured ankle, the Spaniard struggled home to 12th.
There was no stopping Christophe NAMBOTIN (F-KTM) in the Enduro 1 category as he secured a runaway victory. Topping Friday’s super test by a massive four seconds, the Frenchman set the tone for day one and was never headed. “It was a hard day but a good one,” told NAMBOTIN. “I felt strong in the super test and carried that momentum throughout today. I’m really happy to win again.” Unable to answer the pace set by NAMBOTIN – like he had done previously in Finland – Eero REMES (FIN-TM) had to settle for second. Off the pace of the leading duo but clear of the rest of the E1 field, Jeremy TARROUX (F) recorded another podium result for Sherco with third. Spain’s Cristobal GUERRERO (KTM) ended his day in fourth while Italy’s Rudi MORONI (KTM) delivered his best performance of the season to finish fifth.
Returning to the top step of the podium, Italy’s Giacomo REDONDI (Beta) secured victory in the Enduro Junior category. With REDONDI out front, the battle for the runner-up result was played out between the MCCANNEY brothers Danny and Jamie. Getting the better of Jamie on the penultimate test, Beta mounted Danny was second. Recording his second podium result of the series, Jamie MCCANNEY was third on his Husqvarna. Off touch with the leading trio, France’s Loïc LARRIEU (Husqvarna) came home fourth while Sweden’s Lars LOFGREN (KTM) was fifth. Dominating the 125 Youth Cup, Sweden’s Albin ELOWSON (Husqvarna) claimed a well-deserved ho me win. Behind ELOWSON, France’s Jeremy MIROIR (Yamaha) was second while Jesper BORJESSON (Husqvarna) made it a Swedish 1-3 in Enköping. Benjamin HERRERA (CHL-TM) and Davide SORECA (I-Yamaha) rounded out the top five
Picking up her fifth win of the season, Spain’s Laia SANZ (Honda) secured victory in the Women’s Cup. Britain’s Jane DANIELS (Husqvarna) fought her way from fourth to finish as runner-up while Australia’s Jessica GARDINER (Sherco) completed the top three.