Thriving on the iconic Australian status of the under-dog, Tasmania’s Matthew Phillips has pulled off his second Enduro GP win of the 2016 Enduro World Championship season. The Sherco rider faced brutal conditions at the GP of Portugal in Gouveia where relentless rain made the already demanding course a battleground of mud and rocks.
Phillips was in the hunt for the outright win from the get-go of Saturday’s round with fierce riding putting him in contention early and he entered the final special test of the day determined to come out on top.
“It all came down to the last extreme test and I went for it,” explained Phillips after the race. “It was pretty much a battle ground so I took some completely different lines and gave it everything, and it worked. It’s great to get on top of the podium in these conditions. It was a tough day for everyone.”
Phillips’ controversial switch to race with Sherco after two successful seasons with KTM in 2014 and 2015 caused many enduro faithfuls to doubt his chances in 2016. However, the French motorcycle appears to be more than up to the task in the hands of a very determined Australian.
The second day of competition in Portugal was another punishing affair which left Phillips out of the winners circle and back in 6th position. Despite the outright Enduro GP class 6th placing Phillips was second in the E2 division which proved yet again the Sherco 300SEF-R is capable of taking down the 450cc machines it is up against in that class.
After four rounds of the 2016 Enduro World Championship season Phillips leads the title chase from Mathias Bellino of France and the United Kingdom’s Steve Holcombe.
You can see Phillips in action and enjoying the spoils of victory by clicking this link below…
Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Enduro World Championship will be held on May 21-22 at the GP of Greece in Grevena.