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Josep Garcia Wins Enduro 2 World Title

11 months ago | Words: KTM | Photos: Future7Media

KTM Enduro Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia has won the 2017 FIM Enduro 2 World Championship. Battling his way through a challenging final round of the series in Zschopau, Germany. A second-place finish on day one and a fifth-place result on day two was more than enough for the talented Spaniard to secure the coveted E2 title. Adding to KTM’s success Christophe Nambotin enjoyed a great weekend with the Frenchman securing a double EnduroGP class podium on his return to competition following injury.

Josep Garcia put in a worthy championship winning performance during the eighth and final round of the FIM Enduro World Championship in Zschopau, Germany. The KTM 250 EXC-F mounted rider carried a healthy, 13-point championship advantage into the event, which he further extended before wrapping up the E2 title. A crash on Friday night’s Super Test put Garcia on the back foot, but the young Spaniard held his composure and claimed the runner-up position at the end of day one.

With a 15-point lead going into the second and final day, all Josep needed to do was secure a handful of points and not make any mistakes. He did exactly that and in placing a solid fifth claimed his first ever world championship title.

Garcia: “I can’t describe how this feels right now. I want to thank all my team for believing in me this year. It has been my first year in the senior class of the world championship and the racing has been so close all year. To get to the end of the season and win the title is unbelievable.
“This weekend has gone very well. The conditions have been tough, especially on day two, but I have enjoyed the event and I did what I had to do. It feels amazing to be world champion. Thanks again to everyone that has supported me. Now I just want to take it all in and enjoy the moment.”

Australian Daniel Sanders rode well throughout the GP of Germany. The KTM 250EXC rider enjoyed the conditions and special tests in Zschopau. A few mistakes cost him some time, but overall the 2016 ISDE E3 class winner was happy with his performance.
Sanders: “I really enjoyed it here in Zschopau – this is what enduro is all about. The crowd were amazing and the tracks were great. I am disappointed my results weren’t a little better, but all in all the end of the season has been good for me.”

Results

Day 1

EnduroGP

1. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta, 53:42.03
2. Christophe Nambotin (FRA), KTM, 54:04.42 +20.39
3. Loic Larrieu (FRA), Yamaha, 54:10.58 +28.55
4. Matthew Phillips (AUS), Sherco, 54:19.03 +37.00
5. Giacomo Redondi (ITA), Honda, 55:12.58 +1:30.55

Enduro 2

1. Daniel McCanney (GBR), Husqvarna, 54:03.71
2. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 54:15.37 +11.66
3. Jamie McCanney (GBR), Yamaha, 54:16.81 +13.10
4. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Honda, 54:25.99 +22.28
5. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT), Husqvarna, 55:20.68 +1:16.97
7. Daniel Sanders (AUS), KTM, 56:23.76 +2:20.05

Day 2

EnduroGP

1. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta, 58:27.64
2. Loic Larrieu (FRA), Yamaha, 58:57.98 +30.34
3. Christophe Nambotin (FRA), KTM, 59:12.38 +44.74
4. Matt Phillips (AUS), Sherco, 1:01:03.58 +2:35.94
5. Giacomo Redondi (ITA), Honda, 1:01:05.51 +2:37.87

Enduro 2

1. Jamie McCanney (GBR), Yamaha, 59:38.66
2. Daniel McCanney (GBR), Husqvarna, 59:42.69 +4.03
3. Eero Remes (FIN), TM, 1:00:41.30 +1:02.64
4. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Honda, 1:00:42.78 +1:04.12
5. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 1:00:42.96 +1:04.30
11. Daniel Sanders (AUS), KTM, 1:03:17.00 +3:38.34

Final Championship Standings

EnduroGP

1. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta, 350 points
2. Loic Larrieu (FRA), Yamaha, 302
3. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, 259
4. Matt Phillips (AUS), Sherco, 252
5. Christophe Nambotin (FRA), KTM, 222

Enduro 2

1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 350 points
2. Jamie McCanney (GBR), Yamaha, 344
3. Eero Remes (FIN), TM, 309
4. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT), Husqvarna, 274
5. Danny McCanney (GBR), Husqvarna, 254
8. Daniel Sanders (AUS), KTM, 187

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