Top 10 keeps Walker at the head of standings following French WESS event.
Current Enduro2 World Championship number two Loic Larrieu has claimed a home win for Yamaha Racing at round three of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series in France’s Trefle Lozerien AMV.
With the outcome of this year’s overall victory going right down to the 15th and final special test of the three-day race, it was Larrieu who could finally breathe easy after claiming his debut victory at France’s most important classic enduro.
Pushing him all the way, rising French talent Theo Espinasse (Sherco) claimed second, while a day three win for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia lifted him to third in the overall classification.
“I’ve been trying to win this race for three years, so to finally get it done is a special moment for me,” Larrieu said. “With it included in WESS it certainly added to the pressure, competition and prestige. It’s always been important to win here, but this was probably one of the most competitive years yet.
“After my mistake on day one I came back well and just chipped away at things, always fighting for the race lead. It was only until I finished the final special test that I could think about celebrating. Also helping Yamaha to their 20th victory in this race means a lot too.”
With three manufacturers filling out the top three podium positions, Yamaha continued their domination of the event by securing their 20th win. In the WESS championship standings, an impressive 10th overall by KTM’s Jonny Walker sees the British rider maintain his championship points lead.
The brand new World Enduro Super Series continues with round four at Red Bull Romaniacs in Sibiu, Romania, on 24-28 July.