EWC GP of Finland – Day One Breakdown
There were turns and turns a plenty on day one at the Enduro World Championship GP of Finland. Here are the important bits of what happened in Heinola…
– The biggest news to come out of Heinola on day one is that Antoine Meo crashed out. Nursing a thumb injury sustained on Monday, Meo was on damage limitation duties. Holding third for the majority of the day – despite obvious discomfort – he was limiting the damage pretty darn good. Unfortunately an altercation with a tree on the third enduro test put an immediate halt to his day.
– Meo’s currently in hospital undergoing check ups but it’s looking like a couple of broken ribs for the Frenchman. Finland will not be remembered fondly for the Frenchman. Get well soon Antoine.
– Pela Renet put the hammer down on day one. Topping the super test he pushed hard early on to open up a comfortable lead in E2. Making most of his time up in the enduro test to win, Renet ends day one as the new championship leader.
– Eero Remes must be feeling good. That’s two wins on the bounce now in Enduro 1. And both times he’s pushed Nambotin to breaking point. Shame the one national anthem they couldn’t get right during the podium celebrations was the Finnish one!
– Christophe Nambotin had a bit of a crash-a-thon on day one. He started strongly but once Remes came on strong Nambo’s day was riddled with crashes – including three on the final test – that ultimately cost him a chance of winning. It seems – just like in Greece – Nambo can crack when the pressure is on.
– Tip of the hat to Lorenzo Santolino. The Spaniard has settled in well on the Sherco, so well in fact that he almost stuck it on the E2 podium today. Just two-tenths behind Johnny Aubert in fourth, Santolino’s got to be pretty chuffed with his effort but also possibly a little miffed at the same time.
– There was plenty of Swedish fever in the Junior ranks. With the terrain mirroring that of neighbouring Sweden, Oliver Nelson scored a career best result of third in the Enduro Junior class while Albin Elowson finally bagged his first 125 Youth Cup win since France last year.
– Mud, rocks, sand and ruts – Finland’s far from a dusty trail ride. Some hated it others thrived on it. But the majority of the paddock will agree that the sandy cross test was bloody awesome.
– Danny McCanney returned to the top of the pile in the Enduro Junior class.
– The Women were back in action in Finland. Despite the lengthy break since round one in Catalunya it didn’t change the outcome of the results too much with Laia Sanz easily leading them home.
– In the unofficial scratch less was certainly more as Eero Remes claimed the outright win. Renet came home four seconds behind the Finn. Even with his multiple crashes on the final test, Nambotin was third fastest. Alex Salvini was fourth with Matt Phillips fifth.