News 12 May 2014

Phillips breaks through for first EWC E3 class victory

Australia's junior world champion on top of the podium in Greece.

Image: Jonty Edmunds.

Image: Jonty Edmunds.

Tasmanian Matthew Phillips picked up his first E3 victory in the 2014 FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship GP of Greece in Kalambaka on Sunday.

On Saturday Phillips’ day was one of mixed fortunes. Setting the pace early on to lead, the KTM rider crashed on the second extreme test and eventually placed third behind series leader Ivan Cervantes (KTM) and Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna).

Sunday was brought to a thrilling close on day two as the 2013 Enduro Junior World Champion Phillips won his first event in the E3 category for KTM. He led from the opening special test of the day two to secure the victory from Cervantes and Bellino.

“Today was perfect, it couldn’t have gone any better,” Phillips beamed. “I pushed hard from the word go and led the whole day. It’s an awesome feeling to get my first senior win.”

Cervantes remains the E3 World Championship leader, 18 points ahead of Phillips, who’s a further 16 in front of Bellino.

In the E1 ranks it was Christophe Nambotin (KTM) who won on Saturday from Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco) and Anthony Boissiere (Sherco), however on Sunday Eero Remes delivered TM its first E1 victory from Nambotin and Cristobal Guerrero.

The E2 category was also a mixed bag in Greece with Pierre Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna) winning Saturday over Antoine Meo (KTM) and Alex Salvini (Honda), before Meo bounced back to win day two ahead of Renet and Johnny Aubert (Beta).

The 2014 Enduro World Championship will resume at Heinola in Finland on 7-8 June.

2014 World Enduro Championship
Round three – Kalambaka, Greece

E1 Saturday results:
1. Christophe Nambotin
2. Jeremy Tarroux
3. Anthony Boissiere
4. Cristobal Guerrero
5. Jaume Betriu

E1 Sunday results:
1. Eero Remes
2. Christophe Nambotin
3. Cristobal Guerrero
4. Jeremy Tarroux
5. Thomas Oldrati

E1 championship standings:
1. Christophe Nambotin 117
2. Cristobal Guerrero 88
3. Eero Remes 80
4. Anthony Boissiere 78
5. Jeremy Tarroux 78

E2 Saturday results:
1. Pierre Alexandre Renet
2. Antoine Meo
3. Alex Salvini
4. Johnny Aubert
5. Oriol Mena

E2 Sunday results:
1. Antoine Meo
2. Pierre Alexandre Renet
3. Johnny Aubert
4. Jonathan Barragan
5. Oriol Mena

E2 championship standings:
1. Antoine Meo 114
2. Pierre Alexandre Renet 106
3. Johnny Aubert 86
4. Alex Salvini 66
5. Oriol Mena 63

E3 Saturday results:
1. Ivan Cervantes
2. Mathias Bellino
3. Matthew Phillips (AUS)
4. Luis Correia
5. Jérémy Joly

E3 Sunday results:
1. Matthew Phillips (AUS)
2. Ivan Cervantes
3. Mathias Bellino
4. Matti Seistola
5. Luis Correia

E3 championship standings:
1. Ivan Cervantes 117
2. Matthew Phillips (AUS) 99
3. Mathias Bellino 83
4. Matti Seistola 77
5. Luis Correia 70

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