What We Want – EWC GP of Finland, Round 4
The Enduro World Championship heads to Scandinavia for round four of the series in Heinola, Finland. Here’s a list of some of things we’ve like to see happen…
1. Remes to deliver a home win. It’s home advantage for Eero Remes this weekend in Finland. After properly beating Christophe Nambotin last time out in Greece how cool would it be to see him do it again. His confidence has got to be high after that win and on home turf this is his best chance to do win again.
2. Meo to hang tough. The outcome of the Enduro 2 class hangs in the balance this weekend with championship leader Antoine Meo nursing a broken thumb. Many would walk away – the pain would be too much – but Meo’s made of stern stuff and with too much at stake he’s going to race. Fingers crossed he can deliver a heroic ride and keep his title hopes alive.
3. Phillips to repeat his Greek form. Tassie Matt Phillips has been a bit of a revelation in the Enduro 3 class this year. Straight into the class from EJ, Phillips hasn’t missed out on a podium result to date. But with a victory on day two in Greece Phillips hit top gear. Can he keep winning in Finland?
4.The E2 battle to continue. So far we’ve been treated to some epic racing in the Enduro 2 ranks. Meo, Renet, Salvini and Aubert have all been fighting for the victory while just behind them the battle for fifth has been equally close.
5. A tough Race. We like Finland – it’s old school tough enduro. It’s proper racing through proper forestry. Experience counts a lot in Finland, you can’t just ‘pin it to win it’. And by all accounts with plenty of rock, bogs and water holes to catch out the unwary this should be a thinking man’s race.
6. Larrieu & McCanney to weigh into the EJ battle. In the Enduro Junior ranks Beta have had things their own way with Danny McCanney and Giacomo Redondi winning. But Loic Larrieu and Jamie McCanney are back up to full health and are capable of changing the pecking order.
7. Barragan to put in two solid days. So far Jonathan Barragan has been better on day two than day one. He’s still adapting to enduro and finding his feet within the sport but if he can crack the top five on day one in Finland that’ll be a big step forward for the former MXGP winner.
8. A Finnish surprise. Ok, so we won’t see Juha Salminen suddenly appear on the start line but Finland always dishes out a few surprise local heroes that are capable of shaking things up.