Making light work of a tough round six of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship in Edolo, Italy, Jamie McCanney twice finished as runner-up in the highly competitive Enduro 1 category at the GP of Italy. Collecting valuable points, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship with two rounds to go
Featuring challenging special tests in muddy and wet conditions, the GP of Italy was tough both physically and mentally for all competitors. Back to competitive fitness following his shoulder injury at the previous round of the series, Jamie McCanney entered the GP of Italy focused on collecting as many points as possible for the championship.
Starting the weekend with a positive third-place result in the short opening SuperTest, the WR250F powered rider was a force to be reckoned with during the first full day of racing. Posting times inside the top-three in 11 out of 12 tests, McCanney secured the runner-up spot in the 250cc class.
On day two McCanney posted top-three times in all but two tests, to secure his second consecutive runner-up result in the Enduro 1 category. Despite being unable to score points at the GP of Trentino due to his shoulder injury, Jamie remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship standings. With two rounds still to be contested, he is now 24 points behind provisional leader Brad Freeman.
Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.
“It was a hard GP and I’m satisfied with the results we got here in Italy. Coming back from my shoulder injury made things even harder for me this weekend, but my speed was good – I was happy to find out that my pace was good on day one. I was challenging for the overall EnduroGP class podium all day long, before getting second in my class. The last three months I’ve been doing my best to get back my fitness and strength and this GP was tough on me both physically and mentally. Getting second again on day two in such a stacked field of riders is a good result. We’ll keep on building from here and the goal now is to come back even stronger at the French GP in late September.”
With four rounds complete, the World Enduro Super Series now gears up for the second half of the season with four more action-packed races awaiting. In the battle to become this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker holds the upper hand over his title contenders. But with four different event winners having already emerged, the fight for the top step of the podium has been anything but predictable.
In May, Portugal’s Extreme XL Lagares proved an exciting start as the inaugural season of WESS racing. From Portugal, the series headed to Austria and one of Enduro’s most iconic venues – the Erzbergrodeo. After two high-speed days of qualification, the action culminated with the legendary Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble. Played out live on Red Bull TV, the 500 competitors went to battle on the Iron Giant’s formidable terrain.
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Shortly thereafter, the WESS headed to France and the Trèfle Lozérien AMV for Classic Enduro just five days later. In stark contrast to the Erzbergrodeo, France’s most prestigious Enduro offered a test of speed and tenacity across 600 kilometres of idyllic countryside. An opportunity for the Classic Enduro specialists to show their skills, Hard Enduro’s top players also secured some notable results, too. Six weeks later saw the championship travel to one of the furthest corners of Europe for round four and the Red Bull Romaniacs in Romania. A demanding test of man and machine against the elements, the five-day Hard Enduro Rallye celebrated its 15th edition in style. Challenging the physical and mental strength of the 500 competitors from 53 nations, it simultaneously offered some incredibly closely fought racing.
The World Enduro Super Series continues with round five at Red Bull 111 Megawatt, Poland on September 8th and 9th.
WESS Fast Facts
4: Number of different winners from the first four rounds
5: Number of manufacturers placed inside the top 10 overall standings
11: Nationalities placed inside the top 20 championship standings
82: Points difference between fifth and seventh in championship standings
840: Competitors who have scored WESS points this season
Championship Standings (After round 4 of 8)
1. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2900pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 2715pts; 3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2520pts; 4. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 2220pts; 5. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 1832pts; 6. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 1818pts; 7. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 1750pts; 8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 1445pts; 9. Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1410pts; 10. Lars Enockl (Gas Gas – AUT) 1351pts…
2018 WESS Event Winners
Round 1 – Extreme XL Lagares: Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB)
Round 2 – Erzbergrodeo: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB)
Round 3 – Trèfle Lozérien AMV: Loic Larrieu (Yamaha – FRA)
Round 4 – Red Bull Romaniacs: Wade Young (Sherco – RSA)
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE
Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3
Rnd 3. Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) June 8-10
Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Rnd 6. Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (England) September 22-23
Rnd 7. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Rnd 8. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10
Bolt will stick with the team for at least another three years after signing the new contract with Husqvarna, which sees the young British racer continue to compete with the team until at least the end of the 2021 season.
Enjoying a solid season of World Enduro Super Series competition, Bolt currently sits third in the series provisional standings. Kicking off the championship with an impressive victory at Extreme XL Lagares, Bolt is the highest-placed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team rider at the halfway mark in the inaugural WESS championship.
“I’m really happy to renew my contract with Husqvarna for an additional three years, Bolt commented. I’m in a great place right now and I am confident the team can provide all that’s needed to take my career to the next level. Extending my contract like this gives me the security and stability to continue improving in the future. The atmosphere within the team is one of the best in the paddock, which is a huge part of why I’m so pleased to be continuing with them. I feel fortunate to be part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team and I’m super motivated to continue giving my best.”
At just 21 years of age, Bolt is arguably one of the most promising talents in the global outdoor and indoor enduro racing scene. Together with his impressive results in the ongoing WESS series, in 2018 the Brit also secured his debut SuperEnduro victory in Sweden to become the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship runner-up.
Bolt is held in high esteem by the team management of the Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing team, with Team Manager Andi Hölzl stating:
“Billy is one of the most talented up and coming riders and we are extremely pleased that we will continue working with him for the next three years. Kicking off the outdoor racing season with victory at the Extreme XL Lagares and winning the Prologue at Romaniacs, he has already demonstrated he’s a top contender at the World Enduro Super Series. His third position in the provisional WESS standings shows what he’s capable of. We’re happy to have him aboard and we look forward to continue supporting his racing goals in the future.”