The move to race with Sherco in the 2016 Enduro World Championship is paying dividends for Tasmanian Matthew Phillips. The 23 year old ace currently holds a 33-point lead in the highly competitive E2 class and a 28-point lead in the EnduroGP classification for the outright GP Championship across all capacity classes.
The EnduroGP Championship is decided over 8 weekends of racing where 16 individual GP events are held across 8 different countries. Riders compete in capacity classes but also race for the outright honours which determines the fastest rider across all divisions.
Phillips’ decision to race the Sherco 300SEF-R was a controversial move in many critics’ eyes. The mid-size engine capacity of the Sherco appeared to be under-powered for the E2 class where machines up to 450cc can compete, however, Phillips has proven the French machine is more than capable in the 12 rounds held so far in 2016.
“Matthew Phillips is proving the Sherco 300SEF-R is fast in all conditions,” stated Sherco Australia’s Stephen Tuff. “Matt holds the E2 class lead and the over-all EnduroGP points lead with four rounds to go. He’s obviously confident with the Sherco and the CH Racing Team. In racing terms, four rounds is still a long way to go but we know Matt is capable and the bike is clearly up to the task.”
Rounds 13 and 14 of the EnduroGP will be held in Italy this coming weekend, July 16/17 where Phillips will be hoping to stretch his Championship points lead before the final showdown in France in September.
“For Matt to be leading the E2 class on a bike recklessly underrated by critics and the opposition is immensely satisfying for Sherco,” Tuff continued. “We know the bike is great and for Matt to hold the EnduroGP points lead is a massive statement. In general sporting terms, what Matt is doing on the world stage is as big as it gets. This is the Wimbledon of Enduro, the Ashes of dirt bikes and the competition is just as fierce.”
Matthew Phillips 181 Australia (3 GP wins to date)
Eero Remes 153 Finland
Steve Holcombe 148 UK
Matthias Bellino 146 France
Nathan Watson 142 UK
Matthew Phillips 217 (7 GP wins to date)
Mattias Bellino 184 France
Taylor Robert 166 USA
Loic Larrieu 165 France
Alex Slavini 152 Italy