British Enduro Championship – Round 4: Knighton Enduro - 20th - 21st September 2008
Husqvarna and Wakely claim ’08 Enduro 2 British championship with double win at Knighton Enduro
Husky Sport backed MPS Racing Husqvarna team rider Si Wakely is the ’08 E2 British Enduro Champion.
Coming into the final round of this year’s BEC series trailing Paul Edmondson by six points, Si did exactly what he needed to do to overhaul the former four-time world champion and topped both days to win the championship in style.
New to the BEC calendar the CWAC organised Knighton Enduro proved to be a worthy addition to the British championship series, and with both days enjoying some of the best weather seen this year in central Wales the event proved to be a highly enjoyable one.
Featuring two grassland motocross style special tests, as well as a variety of forest tracks and trails, competition at the head of the Championship class was tight right from the start of day one.
It was consistency that ensured Wakely claimed the win on day one.
Despite being eight seconds off the pace of Greg Evans on the first test Si dramatically increased his pace on the second and third tests before winning the fifth test as Evans’ hopes of victory faltered.
Despite narrowly missing out on topping the sixth and final test on day one Si did enough to finish five seconds ahead of Paul Edmondson.
On day two it was a simply case of whichever rider finished highest, out of Wakely and Edmondson, would win the E2 British championship. Getting off to a flying start and topping the day’s first test outright Si little by little edged away from Edmondson following winning rides on second and fourth tests.
Arriving at the fifth and final test with a slender advantage Si claimed yet another test win to secure the ’08 E2 British Enduro Championship title.
Si and the MPS Racing Husqvarna Team now head to Italy for the seventh round of the World Enduro Championship, which takes place next weekend near Rome.
Remaining in mainland Europe they will then take in a round of the WSB championship before competing in the final WEC event of ’08, which is to be held in France, before heading to Holland for an event before heading home.
Si Wakely: “It’s great to have finally won the Enduro 2 class of the BEC. Twice I’ve been close so I guess it’s a case of third time lucky. Things have gone really well this season and with the help and support of Mick from MPS and Mike Carter at Husky Sport, and Wyn Hughes and my parents, we’ve achieved what we set out to do at the start of the year.
“No one knew what to expect of the Knighton Enduro as it was a completely new event, but it was really good. The sunny weather obviously helped but the course and the two special tests were great. I was a bit lucky to win day one as Greg Evans started the day well but then made some mistakes. I had a consistent day, which is what helped me to win. I only won one of the tests but managed to finish five seconds up on Paul Edmondson.
“Day two went really well. It was really close but I managed to win the first two special tests, which set me up well for the day. I then won the last two tests, which put me at the top of the results and importantly ahead of Edmondson again.
“It really is great to have finally won the E2 British title.”
2008 British Enduro Championship - Round 4, Knighton Enduro
Day one – Overall
1. Si Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1786.66
2. Paul Edmondson (Suzuki) 1791.43
3. Greg Evans (KTM) 1795.61
4. Edward Jones (KTM) 1811.38
5. Ashley Wood (KTM) 1841.21
6. Lee Edmondson (Honda) 1844.54
Day two – Overall
1. Si Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1472.27
2. Euan McConnell (TM) 1474.32
3. Paul Edmondson (Suzuki) 1482.15
4. Greg Evans (KTM) 1489.45
5. Edward Jones (KTM) 1510.26
6. Ashley Wood (KTM) 1523.89
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