News 15 Sep 2014

Phillips clinches E3 World Championship in France

Australian makes history with back-to-back world title wins.

Source: KTM.

Source: KTM.

The final day of racing at the GP AMV of France brought to close a thrilling season of the 2014 Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship with the crowing of Enduro 3 World Champion Matt Phillips in Brioude.

Creating his own piece of history on day two in Brioude, KTM-mounted Phillips’ E3 title resulted in him becoming the first rider to win a junior and senior championship back-to-back.

Helped in part by his 14-point advantage over closest rival Ivan Cervantes, Phillips’ third place was more than enough to secure the championship.

“I’m lost for words – it’s an incredible feeling to be world champion,” the Aussie explained. “To win a championship for my first time in the senior ranks is more than I ever expected. All season Ivan and myself have fought hard, it’s been a great battle and I’m delighted to have won.”

Cervantes fought hard to turn his championship winning fortunes around. Needing to win, he did exactly that but with Phillips chasing him home for third it just wasn’t enough for the Spaniard to bag his fifth world crown.

Returning to the podium for the first time since the GP of Sweden, Sherco’s Matti Seistola finished second, as knowing a top 10 result would easily secure him the world championship, Phillips placed his KTM in third position to take the title.

In the Enduro 1 ranks, Christophe Nambotin (KTM) picked up from where he left off on day one by winning. Making it two podium results on the bounce in France, Sherco’s Jeremy Tarroux placed as runner-up to Nambotin. Having missed out on a top three result on day one, Yamaha’s Marc Bourgeois finished third.

There was no change at the head of the Enduro 2 class with Husqvarna’s Pela Renet claiming his eighth win of the year. Italy’s Alex Salvini (Honda) had to be content with second position, while delivering a determined ride following his retirement on day one, France’s Johnny Aubert (Beta) made it onto the podium in third.

Proving again to be the fastest junior rider at the GP of France, Husqvarna’s Loic Larrieu recorded his second Enduro Junior victory of the weekend.

Recording her third enduro crown, Laia Sanz took another victory in the Women’s class to win the title. With Sanz winning, Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) placed second and Australia’s Jessica Gardiner (Sherco) third ahead of Jemma Wilson (Yamaha). Those results handed Gardiner third in the title and Wilson fifth.

2014 Enduro World Championship
Round seven – Brioude, France

E1 Sunday results:
1. Christophe Nambotin
2. Jeremy Tarroux
3. Marc Bourgeois
4. Eero Remes
5. Jaume Betriu

E1 championship standings:
1. Christophe Nambotin 271
2. Eero Remes 201
3. Cristobal Guerrero 181
4. Jeremy Tarroux 176
5. Anthony Boissiere 160

E2 Sunday results:
1. Pierre Alexandre Renet
2. Alex Salvini
3. Johnny Aubert
4. Gregory Aranda
5. Romain Dumontier

E2 championship standings:
1. Pierre Alexandre Renet 258
2. Alex Salvini 202
3. Johnny Aubert 177
4. Lorenzo Santolino 163
5. Oriol Mena 122

E3 Sunday results:
1. Ivan Cervantes
2. Matti Seistola
3. Matthew Phillips (AUS)
4. Aigar Leok
5. Fabien Planet

E3 championship standings:
1. Matthew Phillips (AUS) 229
2. Ivan Cervantes 220
3. Matti Seistola 155
4. Mathias Bellino 148
5. Aigar Leok 138

Women’s Sunday results:
1. Laia Sanz
2. Jane Daniels
3. Jessica Gardiner (AUS)
4. Jemma Wilson (AUS)
5. Blandine Dufrene

Women’s championship standings:
1. Laia Sanz 157
2. Jane Daniels 139
3. Jessica Gardiner (AUS) 114
4. Samantha Tichet 75
5. Jemma Wilson (AUS) 67

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