MATTHEW PHILLIPS HOLDS ENDURO GP CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Sherco’s Matthew Phillips endures a wet and rough weekend at the Enduro GP of Greece and remains Championship leader

23/05/2016

Photo by Enduro21

Photo by Enduro21

The 2016 Enduro World Championship made its third stop of the season in Greece for rounds 5 and 6 last weekend. Wet weather again made conditions difficult as the riders lined up for the Super Test to kick the weekend’s racing into gear. Australia’s Matthew Phillips let it be known he was not about to let the EnduroGP outright Championships points lead slip through his fingers as he set the second fastest time in the Super Test.
 
Saturday’s round 5 was a wet and muddy affair with Phillips in the thick of the action from the very beginning. Test times were extremely tight, however, Phillips remained strong to finish the round in 3rd place outright in the EnduroGP class behind Finland's Eero Remes and the UK’s Nathan Watson. Phillips comfortably took out the E2 class by 44 seconds from Frenchmen Loic Larrieu with the USA’s Taylor Robert in third.
 
“It was a good day for me,” admitted Phillips. “It was really easy to make mistakes, like a lot of the guys did, but I didn't have too many problems. I got close to the EnduroGP class win but Remes was incredibly fast on the final enduro test. I didn't want to take any risks and maybe eased off a little too much. But to win Enduro 2 is great.”
 
Sunday saw round 6 deliver an incredibly rough course after the rain and racing from the previous day. Phillips was forced further down the results table but still managed a solid 3rd place in the E2 class.
 
“Matt is riding smart and putting his 300SEF-R right in the heat of the competition,” said Sherco Australia’s Stephen Tuff.
“The top guys are on fire and even a small mistake can be the difference between a podium or finishing much further down the list. Matt has this amazing ability to get the job done and he’s proving his Sherco 300SEF-R is a weapon by leading the E2 class and remaining in the top spot outright for the EnduroGP class.”
 
Phillips holds a 4-point lead over Finland’s Eero Remes for the EnduroGP outright standings after 6 rounds and sits 19-points ahead of American Taylor Robert in the E2 class.
 
Rounds 7 and 8 of the EnduroGP will be staged in Heinola, Finland on June 11-12, 2016.
 
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
E2

  1. Matthew Phillips – Sherco
  2. Taylor Robert
  3. Mathias Bellino
 
EnduroGP
  1. Matthew Phillips - Sherco
  2. Eero Remes
  3. Steve Holcombe
  4. Mathias Bellino
  5. Taylor Robert