World Enduro Championship – Round 2: Vale de Cambra, Portugal, 29th - 30th March 2008
Mixed fortunes for MPS racing Husqvarna duo Bolter & Wakely at WEC GP of Portugal
Husky Sport backed MPS Racing Husqvarna team riders Daryl Bolter and Si Wakely got their ’08 World Enduro Championship campaigns started this past weekend at the GP of Portugal, staged in Vale de Cambra close to Porto, with Bolter claiming a top 10 Enduro 1 class result on day one before crashing heavily and retiring on day two while Wakely claimed strong fifth and sixth place results in the Enduro Junior class.
Opting not to compete in the opening round of the WEC series in Sweden due to the event taking place just one week before the second round of the BEC series, the first southern European world championship event proved to be an extremely difficult one not only for the MPS team riders but for all competitors as demanding Portuguese terrain mixed with heavy rain on day two resulted in an extremely tough event.
Following strong results in the opening two rounds of the British Enduro Championship Si Wakely was confident of getting his ’08 WEC season off to a good start and did just that with a well deserved fifth place finish on day one.
With the Portuguese terrain favouring two-stroke machinery, Wakely muscled his 450cc Husqvarna around each of the event’s special tests in style to end the day just 14 seconds adrift of the fourth placed EJ finisher.
With day two proving even harder for four-stroke riders than day one as the already rough and rutted special tests became increasingly muddy following heavy rain, Si placed in an impressive sixth position, just two seconds behind the fifth place rider, and as one of just 12 EJ class finishers.
Performing well on each of the day’s special tests Si rode well in conditions that weren’t really to his liking.
Competing in the competitive Enduro 1 class for the first time Daryl Bolter’s GP of Portugal started well with a solid ninth place finish on day one but then ended badly as a crash mid-way through day two resulted in his retirement.
Riding well during the first day Daryl saved his best until last as he placed sixth in class on the final special test, and in doing so placed just over five seconds behind countryman Tom Sagar.
On day two Bolter looked to be heading towards an even better result as after four special tests he lay sixth in the E1 class standings.
With conditions on day two extremely wet and rutted Daryl outpaced several of his more experienced class mates during the opening lap but during the event’s tight check on lap two he crashed and badly damaged his bike.
Needing to ride two time controls and two special tests with severely bent handlebars, as well as having hurt his right elbow and banged his head, Daryl opted to withdraw himself from the competition.
The MPS Racing Husqvarna team now head to round three of the World Enduro Championship, which takes place in Sitges, close to Barcelona, this coming weekend.
2008 World Enduro Championship
Grand Prix of Portugal – Day 1
Enduro 1 class
1. Simone Albergoni (Yamaha) 50:11.12; 2. Mika Ahola (Honda) 50:13.65; 3.Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 50:22.92; 4. Eero Remes (KTM) 50:56.46; 5. Maurizio Micheluz (Yamaha) 51:07.91; 6. Marc Germain (Yamaha) 51:15.24; 7.Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 51:25.55; 8. Tom Sagar (KTM) 52:24.94; 9. Daryl Bolter (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 52:30.13; 10. Mike Hartmann (KTM) 52:43.00; 11. Jordan Curvalle (Suzuki) 52:43.65; 12. Paulo Felicia (Kawasaki) 53:24.58; 13. Concalo Reis (KTM) 54:15.12; 14. Luca Cherubini (TM) 54:21.00; 15. Fernando Ferreira (Yamaha) 54:35.89; 16. Jakub Horak (KTM) 58:00.21; 17. Waclaw Skolarus (Yamaha) 1.03:54.02
Enduro Junior class
1. Marc Bourgeois (Husqvarna) 51:28.17; 2. Oriol Mena 52:33.30; 3. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 53:12.63; 4. Carlos Andreu (KTM) 53:29.69; 5. Simon Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 53:44.57; 6. Gregory Evans (KTM) 54:24.52; 7. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 51:25.65; 8. Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) 53:27.34; 9. Lucas Puerta (Yamaha) 54:24.09; 10. Bert Mayer (BMW) 55:52.34; 11.Guillem Pares (Yamaha) 56:52.32; 12. Ashley Wood (Honda) 58:27.00; 13. Roman Dumontier (Husqvarna) 1.03:07.95; 14. Roger Sanllehi (Honda) 1.05:40.14; 15. Marc Sola (KTM) 1.06:48.98; 16. Mark Risse (Gas Gas) 1.07:52.66; 17. Concelo Bandeira (Suzuki) 1.14:53.80
2008 World Enduro Championship
Grand Prix of Portugal – Day 2
Enduro Junior class
1. Tomas Oldrati (KTM) 55:.29; 2. Marc Bourgeois (Husqvarna) 56:28.39; 3. Anti Hellsten (Husqvarna) 59:32.84; 4. Victor Guerrero (KTM) 59:54.91; 5. Lucas Puerta (Yamaha) 1.00:40.82; 6. Simon Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 1.00:43.01; 7. Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) 1.00:59.55; 8. Martin Kuklik (KTM) 1.03:37.35; 9. Bert Mayer (BMW) 1.03:32.43; 10. Adrian Metge (Husqvarna) 1.05:08.68; 11. Ollie Moyce (Yamaha) 1.07:13.23; Guillem Pares (Yamaha) 1.07:33.24
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