Sherco’s Matthew Phillips has endured the highs and lows of enduro racing this past weekend at the World Enduro Championship GP of Italy. The Tasmanian rider put in a solid performance at round 13 on Saturday to place second in the E2 class and second in the overall classification across all classes on his 300SEF-R.
Saturday’s result elevated Phillips to a very comfortable championship points’ margin with just three rounds remaining. However, Sunday’s round 14 turned sour when a mechanical issue saw Phillips retire after the opening four special tests, unable to complete the day.
“It was a real shame to have my first DNF of the season,” said Phillips after the race. “I felt really storing this weekend. I’m so happy with the bike and team package but I’m still 18 points in front so looking forward to another good race in France. It’s such a pity as I was in a really good position but that’s how it goes. On to the next one.”
Despite not recording any championship points from the second day of racing at the GP of Italy, Phillips is still in a strong position with an 18-point lead in the E2 class for machines 250cc to 450cc. The fight for the overall Enduro GP championship is slightly tighter where Phillips holds a 15-point lead.
“The eyes of enduro racing enthusiasts around the world were focussed on Matt Phillips last night,” explained Sherco Australia’s Stephen Tuff. “After carding more good championship points on Saturday, Matt was edging closer to sealing the deal for Sherco. His DNF last night would be tough to take but Matt is so positive. He just accepted it and is already looking forward to the final weekend of GP racing in France. He’s a tough competitor with unwavering character. No doubt he’ll come out all guns blazing in France.”
The GP of France is the final stop of the Enduro World Championship GP calendar where another two rounds of racing will take place on September 10 and 11.
Matthew Phillips 234 Australia – Sherco
Mathias Bellino 216 France
Loic Larrieu 198 France
Matthew Phillips 198 Australia – Sherco
Steve Holcombe 183 UK
Eero Remes 181 Finland