World Enduro Championship – Round 4 - 14th - 15th June 2008
MPS Husqvarna riders tough it out at GP of Poland
MPS Racing Husqvarna riders Daryl Bolter and Si Wakely travelled to Kwidzyn in Poland this past weekend where, supported by injured team mate Gavin Houson, they competed in the fourth round of the ‘08 World Enduro Championship.
With no rain in northern Poland for over one month extremely dry conditions resulted in what many riders considered the toughest WEC race of the season so far.
Team MPS Husqvarna’s Enduro 1 class rider Daryl Bolter did well in light of the fact he was suffering severely with hay fever and a cold claiming one top ten finish with a solid ninth in class on day two and came close to making it two top 10 results with an 11th place result on day one.
Daryl found the event difficult on day one due to feeling under the weather and saw his result affected by an unlucky fall on the extreme test, which cost him almost 30 seconds.
In the Enduro Junior class Simon Wakely had mixed fortunes aboard his 450 machine.
Showing good speed in the both the extreme and cross-country tests, Si was unlucky to damage his gear selector shaft in a crash, meaning he had to retire.
His fortunes rose a little on day two as he eventually place 11th.
With the course taking place in and around a heavily wooded and sandy area on the outskirts of Kwidzyn, two long days made for a tough, physically demanding event that featured one of the longest motocross tests seen in the WEC for many years as well as extremely dusty cross-country and extreme tests.
The fifth round of the ’08 WEC series sees the MPS racing Husqvarna team competing on home soil as the championship moves to Wales in mid July.
Daryl Bolter: “It’s not been too bad a weekend considering I’ve been feeling ill. I’ve been suffering with hay fever and a cold, and it’s really taken it out of me. I seemed to get really tired in the special tests as well as getting out of breath. I kept trying to make up for some of the mistakes I was making but then I’d make even bigger mistakes, which was frustrating.”
“I tried to calm things down a bit on day two, and I got a better result. I found the race really difficult – partly because of not feeling well and partly because it was bloody tough.”
“I got two decent results so I can’t complain too much, although it’s not been one of the most enjoyable races for me.”
Si Wakely: “Day one was really disappointing because I damaged my gear selector when I crashed into a tree. There wasn’t a lot I could after that so it was just a case of getting the bike ready for the second day once that happened.”
“Day two was hard because the tests were so rutted and bumpy. It was strange because I was riding well on the extreme test, which I don’t normally, but not really getting to grips with the motocross test, which I normally enjoy and ride well on.”
“The enduro test was just really hard work because it was just one long rut. Hopefully things will go better in Wales.”
2008 World Enduro Championship
Grand Prix of Poland – Day 1
Enduro 1 class
1. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 1:19:58.50; 2. Mika Ahola (Honda) 1:20:13.91; 3. Marc Germain (Yamaha) 1:21:08.11; 4. Simone Albergoni (Yamaha) 1:21:27.59; 5. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 1:22:22.80; 6. Maurizio Micheluz (Yamaha) 1:23:16.12; 7. Tom Sagar (KTM) 1:23:51.58; 8. Jordan Curvalle (Suzuki) 1:24:40.69; 9. Mike Hartmann (KTM) 1:24:59.87; 10. Luca Cherubini (TM) 1:25:36.56; 11. Daryl Bolter (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1:25:37.02; 12. David Cadek (KTM) 1:27:10.03; 13. Concalo Reis (KTM) 1:28:33.29; 14. Fredrick Georgsson (KTM) 1:29:55.1; 15. Jakub Horak (KTM) 1:30:55.13; 16.Waclaw Skolarus (Yamaha) 1:33:14.82
2008 World Enduro Championship
Grand Prix of Poland – Day 2
Enduro 1 class
1. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 1:05:39.04; 2. Mika Ahola (Honda) 1:06:02.52; 3. Simone Albergoni (Yamaha) 1:07:19.65; 4. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 1:07:29.93; 5. Maurizio Micheluz (Yamaha) 1:08:39.51; 6. Marc Germain (Yamaha) 1:09:37.75; 7. Mike Hartmann (KTM) 1:09:55.22; 8. Tom Sagar (KTM) 1:10:03.30; 9. Daryl Bolter (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1:10:13.44; 10. Jordan Curvalle (Suzuki) 1:11:33.42; 11. Sandro Marcos (Suzuki) 1:11:50.46; 12. David Cadek (KTM) 1:12:22.82; 13. Concalo Reis (KTM) 1:14:00.09; 14. Jakub Horak (KTM) 1:14:03.04; 15.Fredrick Georgsson (KTM) 1:15:21.73
Enduro Junior class
1. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 1:09:19.36; 2. Marc Bourgeois (Husqvarna) 1:09:49.15; 3. Oriol Mena (KTM) 1:10:47.78; 4. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 1:11:24.54; 5. Roni Nikander (KTM) 1:11:36.21; 6. Robert Kapajcik (KTM) 1:11:55.39; 7. Robert Kvarnstrom (TM) 1:12:01.71; 8. Mirko Gritti (Honda) 1:12:20.96; 9. Jeremy Joly (Sherco) 1:12:49.19; 10. Bert Mayer (BMW) 1:13:21.76; 11. Simon Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1:13:37.40; 12. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 1:13:43.60; 13. Armand Monleon (Yamaha) 1:13:44.62; 14. Seabastien Bozzo (Husqvarna) 1:14:00.07; 15. Edward Hubner (KTM) 1:14:08.28; 16. Adrien Metge (Husqvarna) 1:14:38.24; 17. Victor Karlsson (Honda) 1:14:41.63; 18. David Gannac (Suzuki) 1:14:58.27; 19. Philip McLaughlin (TM) 1:15:00.44; 20. Jonas Karlsson (KTM) 1:15:33.22
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