News 10 Apr 2016

Bellino takes first EnduroGP win of the new era

Sherco's Phillips on the overall podium in Morocco.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

France’s Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) has put his name into the enduro history books as the first rider to top the results in the newly introduced EnduroGP class.

Showing countryman Johnny Aubert (Beta) and Australia’s Matt Phillips (Sherco) the way home, Bellino topped the opening day’s results by 21 seconds having delivered an impressive day-long performance.

Throughout the day riders battled against extremely dry and dusty conditions, with the rock littered Moroccan terrain ensuring a demanding day’s racing for all competitors.

Comfortably finishing at the head of the EnduroGP class, Bellino claimed three special tests wins including two class topping performances on the long and demanding Enduro test.

Fastest out of the blocks was former Enduro 3 World Champion Phillips. Recording winning times on each of the three special tests on the opening lap, despite dropping from the top spot Phillips nevertheless put in a solid performance.

Switching to two-stroke machinery for 2016, Johnny Aubert (Beta) enjoyed a stunning return to form. Despite struggling a little on the short and technical Extreme test, he proved to be both fast and consistent on the Enduro and Motocross tests.

Third behind Bellino and Phillips with just one special tests remaining, the former two-time Enduro 2 World Champion gave the day’s closing motocross test his absolute all to earn the EnduroGP runner-up result.

Making his senior class debut at the GP of Agadir, Steve Holcombe (Beta) enjoyed a hugely positive opening day with the young British rider finishing fourth overall, just nine seconds behind Phillips.

Italian Alex Salvini (Beta) placed close behind Holcombe, with Enduro World Championship first timer Taylor Robert (KTM) rounding out the top six in EnduroGP.