Defending EnduroGP world champion Matthew Phillips endured a tough weekend at the GP of Hungry leaving without a podium result. What others may call reasonable results of 4th and 9th place over the two days of racing, the multi-time world enduro champion was left disappointed.
Phillips entered the EnduroGP of Hungry third in the Championship points standings, keen to fight for the lead. Unusually short special tests left no room for error and with an extremely high level of competition, Phillips was unable to reach the top of the list in the special test times.
From the eight EnduroGP rounds so far, this year there have been five different winners. Phillips taking the double victory in Spain. With eight more rounds remaining anything can and usually does happen. Phillips currently sits 35-points in arrears of the Championship lead, yet is just 14-points of second place as he holds down fourth position.
Philips is known for his will and determination as an underdog which is sure to present a thrilling second half of the 2017 EnduroGP season. The tenacious Tasmanian and his Sherco 300 SEF-R will be hunting victory at the next round which is scheduled for July 1 in Greece.
Fellow Australian Ben Kearns continued his maiden EnduroGP season with the Sherco Factory Team in Hungry and came away with some positive results. Recording 14th and 16th in the Enduro Junior class over the two days, Kearns recorded some of his best special test time to date.
The next EnduroGP is scheduled for this coming weekend, July 1-2 in Gevena, Greece.