World Enduro Championship – Round 6 - 26th - 27th July 2008
Tough Weekend in France for MPS Racing Husqvarna
The MPS Racing Husqvarna team were down to just one rider ahead of this weekend’s GP of France as Enduro 1 class rider Daryl Bolter was forced to miss the event due to his troublesome ankle injury.
Resulting in Enduro Junior class rider Si Wakely, who claimed his first WEC podium at the recent GP of Wales, being the team’s lone representative the fifth round of the ’08 series turned out to be both an eventful and challenging one.
In complete contrast to the wet GP of Wales the French event took place beneath blazing sunshine and ended with Si scoring points at the end of the only the second day’s competition.
Riding well during the early stages of the opening day the European Enduro Champion’s fortunes took a turn for the worse shortly before the third timed special test.
Falling when in sight of the event’s extreme test the heavy landing sheered the bolts holding the bar mounts to the triple clamps, forcing Si to make some running repairs in the hope of remaining in the event. Disappointingly, unable to make the necessary repairs in time Si was forced to retire from the day.
Determined to make up for his day one disappointments Si finished in a respectable 10th, which lifts him to sixth in the Enduro Junior world championship standings. Although not feeling as comfortable on the dry French special tests as he had on day one, with the exception of one below par special test mid-way through the day he performed consistently to claim his sixth top 10 result of the ’08 WEC series.
The MPS Racing Husqvarna team’s next event is the Crychan Enduro, the third round of the ’08 British Enduro Championship, which takes place in Wales on August 9/10.
Si Wakely: “It was a really simple crash, right before the extreme test, that ended day one. As I fell the bike hit the ground awkwardly and the bolt that holds the bar mounts onto the triple clamps broke. I managed to tie-wrap the bars to the clamps to complete the next extreme test but it took too log to get the other clamps off the training bike so I was out. It was really disappointing because I felt good on the tests.“
“Day two was really hard work. The heat made it really difficult and I didn’t feel as good as I did on day one. I finished 10th, which isn’t too bad from 39 finishers. I should have been higher in the results but like I said I just didn’t feel as good as I did on day one.”
2008 World Enduro Championship
Grand Prix of France – Day 2
Enduro Junior Class
1. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 1:01:30.19; 2. Oriol Mena (KTM) 1:02:30.03; 3. Yannick Bossi (TM) 1:03:30.83; 4. Mirko Gritti (Beta) 1:03:39.60; 5. Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) 1:03:49.16; 6. Vanni Cominotto (KTM) 1:04:02.99; 7. Jeremy Joly (Sherco) 1:04:29.77; 8. Benoit Fortunato (Husqvarna) 1:05:20.11; 9. Michel Pogna (KTM) 1:05:25.34; 10. Simon Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1:05:34.74; 11. Armand Monleon (Yamaha) 1:05:45.06; 12. Sebastien Bozzo (Husqvarna) 1:05:49.69; 13. Oskari Kantonen (KTM) 1:06:02.99; 14. Andrea Beier (KTM) 1:06:17.87; 15. Antoine Basset (Husqvarna) 1:06:26.71; 16. David Gannac (Suzuki) 1:06:30.10; 17. Philip McLaughlin (TM) 1:06:35.29; 18. Pierre Pallut (Husqvarna) 1:06:44,05; 19. Romain Goiffure (Husaberg) 1:07:03.04; 20. Edward Hubner (KTM) 1:07.13.11
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