World Enduro Championship – Round 3: Sitges, Spain, 5th - 6th April 2008
Top 10 E1 class finishes for Bolter at WEC GP of Spain
Husky Sport backed MPS Racing Husqvarna rider Daryl Bolter bounced back from crashing out of the second day at the WEC GP of Portugal to record two top 10 finishes in the Enduro 1 class at round three of the ’08 World Enduro Championship – the GP of Spain held in Sitges. Getting his ’08 WEC campaign off to a promising start with a ninth place finish on day one in Portugal, Bolter went one better on the opening day on Spain and claimed a well deserved eighth place result. On day two Daryl placed 10th, narrowly missing out on repeating his day one result. In the Enduro Junior class Si Wakely, who also performed well in Portugal one week ago, finished in a strong eighth position on day one before falling just three places to 11th on day two.
In complete contrast to the mud and rain faced by all competitors in Portugal the GP of Spain turned out to be one of the driest WEC races for many years. Featuring a seaside extreme test a fast enduro test and an extremely dusty motocross test the event offered fewer challenges than the Portuguese race staged in Vale de Cambra but was nevertheless a tough event.
Showing no ill effects of the heavy fall that put him out of the GP of Portugal just six days before the start of the Spanish event, Daryl Bolter overcame a steady start to not only finish as the highest placing British rider in the E1 class on day one but in a well deserved eighth position. Riding well on the motocross and enduro tests Daryl, like many riders, saw occasional mistakes on the extreme tests effect his results on day one. On day two Bolter again rode well despite the challenging conditions. Putting in a consistent opening lap the ’07 European Enduro Champion lost a handful of precious seconds to his E1 class rivals on each of the day’s enduro tests, which prevented him from repeating his day one result of eighth as he claimed an eventual 10th place result. Daryl currently lies 12th in the Enduro 1 championship standings.
After finishing in fifth and sixth positions in the Enduro Junior class at round two of the ’08 WEC series Si Wakely knew that it would be difficult to better his impressive Portuguese result. And with numerous fast Spaniards determined to perform well at their home round of the championship simply finishing inside the top 10 of the EJ class was going to be difficult.
But on the opening day of the GP of Spain that’s what Wakely did as he placed his 450cc Husqvarna in eighth position. Despite getting the opening day off to a disappointing start following a mistake on the first extreme test, Si pulled himself back up the results only to fall again on the day’s final extreme test.
On day two it was the dusty and rutted motocross test that proved hardest for Wakely as no matter what he tried he wasn’t quite able to find the few extra seconds he needed each lap to repeat his day one result. With eighth and 11th pace finishes in Spain Si now sits seventh in the Enduro Junior world championship standings.
Daryl Bolter: “It’s been a good weekend. It was a tough race, I found it really hard on my wrists. Some of the drops in the motocross test were pretty big, but you had to jump them to put in good times. It’s not been the best of events, the going wasn’t that interesting, but apart from that I’m well pleased with my results. I wasn’t fast enough on the enduro test and I was loosing about five or six seconds each lap, but I finished with two top 10 results so I’m happy.”
Si Wakely: “I had a really bad first lap on day one, which spoiled my result. I’m not sure why but I was a little slow on the first three tests. I got better on lap two and had a good enduro test but I still wasn’t riding as well I did in Portugal last weekend. Day two was the same really, I was just lacking a little bit of speed. I couldn’t figure out what was best on the motocross test. It was really rutted and had big dusty berms in every corner – I tried hitting the berms and I tried squaring all the corners off, but nothing I tried seemed to help me much. It’s been a frustrating weekend.”
2008 World Enduro Championship Grand Prix of Spain – Day 1
Enduro 1 class
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 44:47.43; 2. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 44:53.08; 3. Eero Remes (KTM) 45:31.48; 4. Simone Albergoni (Yamaha) 45:40.56; 5. Marc Germain (Yamaha) 46:05.48; 6. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 46:05.56; 7. Maurizio Micheluz (Yamaha) 46:49.02; 8. Daryl Bolter (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 47:32.82; 9. Tom Sagar (KTM) 47:35.50; 10. Mike Hartmann (KTM) 47:47.77; 11. David Cadek (KTM) 48:05.23; 12. Jordan Curvalle (Suzuki) 48:14.61; 13. Damien Miquel (Suzuki) 48:29.38; 14. Sandro Marcos (Suzuki) 48:36.61; 15. Luca Cherubini (TM) 48:53.17; 16. Paulo Felicia (Kawasaki) 49:12.33; 17. Concalo Reis (KTM) 49:20.56; 18. Daniele Tellini (KTM) 49:54.90; 19; Andres Barbero (KTM) 52:08.24
Enduro Junior class
1. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 46:32.32; 2. Oriol Mena (KTM) 47:05.65; 3. Marc Bourgeois (Husqvarna) 47:08.54; 4. Mirko Gritti (Beta) 47:20.94; 5. Carlos Andreu (KTM) 47:44.33; 6. Victor Guerrero (KTM) 48:07.50; 7. Greg Evans (KTM) 48:36.57; 8. Simon Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 49:07.65; 9. Bert Mayer (BMW) 49:12.02; 10. Jeremy Joly (Sherco) 49:13.84; 11. Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) 49:15.13; 12. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 49:20.28; 13 Romain Boucardey (KTM) 49:55.40; 14. Phillip McLaughlin (TM) 50:15.66; 15. Guillem Pares (Yamaha) 50:36.12; 16. Adam Guillaume (Husqvarna) 50:37.61; 17. Adrien Metge (Husqvarna) 50:48.26; 18. Ashley Wood (Honda) 50:53.97; 19. Fredrick Berg (KTM) 50:59.72; 20. Mark Risse (Gas Gas) 51:25.89
2008 World Enduro Championship Grand Prix of Spain – Day 2
Enduro 1 class
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 39:25.57; 2. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 39:26.19; 3. Simone Albergoni (Yamaha) 39:50.88; 4. Eero Remes (KTM) 40:18.67; 5. Marc Germain (Yamaha) 40:35.20; 6. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 40:48.75; 7. Maurizio Micheluz 40:50.47; 8. Mike Hartmann (KTM) 41:43.21; 9. Luca Cherubini (TM) 41:52.86; 10. Daryl Bolter (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 42:03.29; 11. Jordan Curvalle (Suzuki) 42:18.82; 12. David Cadek (KTM) 42:41.74; 13.Damien Miquel (Suzuki) 42:56.86; 14. Daniele Tellini (KTM) 43:00.67; 15. Concalo Reis (KTM) 43:28.40; 16. Jakub Horak (KTM) 45:19.71; 17. Waclaw Skolarus (Yamaha) 46:00.05; 18. Andres Barbero (KTM) 46:33.77; 19. Daniel Fonoll (Yamaha) 48:40.65
Enduro Junior class
1. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 40:57.53; 2. Oriol Mena (KTM) 41:10.06; 3. Mirko Gritti (Beta) 41:25.30; 4. Marc Bourgeois (Husqvarna) 41:30.31; 5. Victor Guerrero (KTM) 41:40.32; 6. Greg Evans (KTM) 42:13.60; 7. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 42:30.53; 8. Jeremy Joly (Sherco) 42:53.70 9. Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) 43:11.60; 10. Adrien Metge (Husqvarna) 43:23.99; 11. Simon Wakely (MPS Racing Husqvarna) 43:38.65; 12 David Gannac (Suzuki) 43:52.44; 13. Philip McLaughlin (TM) 44:12.65; 14. Ashley Wood (Honda) 44:21.24; 15. Guillem Pares (Yamaha) 44:36.80; 16. Marc Sola (KTM) 44:45.54; 17. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 44:51.72; 18. Karl Svensson (KTM) 44:54.72; 19. Bert Mayer (BMW) 45:08.08; 20. Peter Germain (Kawasaki) 45:21.50
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