BETRIU TOPS SPANISH ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP RND 1
Jaume Betriu wins a three-way battle with Jamie McCanney and Lorenzo Santolino to grab the overall win at the opening one-day round of the 2015 Spanish Enduro Championship…
Returning to Puerto Lumbreras in Murcia, home of the 2013 Enduro World Championship GP of Spain, almost 250 riders competed took to the start of opening round of the Spanish Enduro Championship – a hot day’s racing where temperatures reached 30οC.
Jaume Betriu showed great form aboard his Husqvarna FE 350, starting the day by topping the overall rankings in the first test. What followed was a great battle with Jaime McCanney, which lasted until the final corner of the last test. Betriu went on to win the overall and E2 class by a tiny margin of 0.7 seconds.
Jamie McCanney, who’s returned to racing after his long rehabilitation period following a shoulder injury last year, upped his pace during the second half of the race but just fell short of securing the overall win. Winning the final test of the day wasn’t quite enough to beat Betriu for the overall. The Manxman, who’s spending time in Spain training for the upcoming EWC season, finished second overall and second in E2.
It was a great day for Sherco rider Lorenzo Santolino. The likeable Spaniard was on top form and managed to finish third in the overall classification and first in the E1 class. Second in E1 was Cristobal Guerrero, riding the official Yamaha WR250F of team Miglio.
The win in E3 went to Jonathan Barragan, in his first race with the two-stroke Gas Gas EC 300. Barragan was seventh overall. Another Gas Gas rider, Frenchman Antoine Basset, finished second in E3, with Ivan Cervantes making a surprise appearance [he recently had shoulder surgery] to finish third in E3.
The Spanish Enduro Championship continues in Vinaroz on 29th March.
Photos: Nicki Martinez – RFME