News 26 Oct 2015

'Cruisy' A4DE cameo results in class win for Phillips

Two-time world champion runner-up Outright in Tasmania.

Image: John Pearson (On The Pipe Images).

Image: John Pearson (On The Pipe Images).

Dual World Enduro Champion Matthew Phillips was satisfied with his Tasmanian homecoming in the 2015 Australian Four Day Enduro last week, finishing runner-up Outright behind fellow international Daniel Milner.

Phillips raced to the E3 victory at Wynyard in Tasmania, marking a successful return to domestic competition, on board a 300 EXC as part of the local KTM Enduro Racing Team.

“It was a good week and pretty crazy,” Phillips said. “It was cool to be racing here and pretty interesting to see the support we got from the locals. It was awesome! There were chainsaws without blades and all sorts of things going on. I don’t know the numbers, but there were a lot more people here than I’ve ever seen at a four-day before, so that was pretty cool.

“My run was nice and cruisy, I just didn’t get it done yesterday – I couldn’t find my lines, but the rest of the days I felt pretty good and had a bit of fun. It was good fun riding with [Daniel Sanders] and Toby [Price] today as well.

“The KTM guys rode really well and they were well organised and accommodated my mechanic Stef. I’d also like to thank my mum and Dad as well because they were a big part of organising this week as well. I’m looking forward to coming back and joining the crew again one day.”

Phillips alongside teammates Sanders and Price, in his final appearance before focusing on a fulltime rally career, secured KTM a 1-2-3 podium sweep in the E3 ranks.