News 20 Apr 2015

Remes, Meo and Seistola top EWC day two in Chile

Difficult day outside the podium positions for Phillips.

Source: KTM.

Source: KTM.

Day two of the FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship GP of Chile marked a debut Enduro 3 class win for Sherco’s Matti Seistola while KTM rider Antoine Meo finished as the Outright fastest.

Heavy overnight rain ensured a complete contrast in conditions for competitors at the GP of Chile in Talca. Forced to abandon the extreme test and shorten the enduro test for the first two laps, Chile dished out a tough day for all.

Thoughts of a Christophe Nambotin (KTM) double win in the Enduro 1 class where quickly squashed when Eero Remes (TM) dominated the class from start to finish. Taking control of the lead immediately, Remes kept his wheels clean to record a comfortable win.

For Nambotin, his day got off to a bad start when he lost over 31 seconds on the first cross test. Under pressure to recover, the KTM rider battled his way back to second but was unable to gain any advantage on Remes.

Proving he’s going to be a serious factor in this year’s E1 championship, 2014 Enduro Junior champion Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) claimed his second podium result of the weekend with third.

On a mission in the Enduro 2 class, Meo was simply unstoppable in the slippery conditions. Building a massive 18-second lead at the end of the opening cross test, Meo continued to extend his advantage throughout the day and secure an almost 80-second margin of victory.

Unable to offer a challenge to Meo, the rest of the E2 class fought for the remainder of the podium positions. Feeling the effects of his crash on day one, Pela Renet (Husqvarna) worked his way from fifth to salvage second.

Placing 14 seconds behind the Husqvarna rider, Alex Salvini (Honda) completed the podium. Fighting right until the very end, Beta’s Johnny Aubert just missed out on his chance of a top three result and ended his day in fourth.

Securing his debut win in the Enduro 3 class, Seistola topped the podium on day two. Fast and consistent for the entire day, Seistola finally ended his three-year dry stretch in the EWC.

Delivering a much-improved performance over day one, TM’s Aigar Leok found the wet conditions much more to his liking and placed as runner-up to Seistola. E3 newcomer Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) claimed a career first EWC podium with third.

After a disastrous start to his morning, day one winner Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) climbed his way back up to fourth while Jeremy Tarroux (F-Sherco) was fifth.

Australia’s defending E3 World Champion Matt PHILLIPS (KTM) had a tough day at the office and placed eighth, which positions him fourth in the standings following the opening round.

The FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship continues with round two in Jerez, Spain on 9-10 May.

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