Scorching temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius is hardly prime conditions for racing off-road motorcycles yet the elite of EnduroGP World Championship racing faced exactly that in Grevena on the north west of Greece over the weekend.
Australia’s Matthew Phillips kicked off rounds 9 and 10 of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship with 8th place in Friday’s Super Test. The top 10 riders separated by just 4 seconds was a stern indicator that the weekend’s racing was going to go down to the wire.
The scorching summer temperatures surely made conditions tough for the riders who endured 9 special tests each day. Phillips was in the thick of the action but it was Britain’s Steve Holcombe who took the win on Saturday with Phillips unable to score higher than 3rd in special test times and finishing the day in 7th overall.
Sunday was another hot and dry affair with Phillips replicating his result from Saturday with another 7th place. Taking the win for round 10 was another Brit, this time Nathan Watson who was able to clinch his first GP of the 2017 season. There have now been 6 GP winners in just 10 rounds.
Phillips now sits in 5th place of the premiere EnduroGP class with 6 rounds remaining.
Fellow Australian Ben Kearns recorded another steady EnduroGP on his Sherco 300 SEF-R in the Enduro Junior division scoring 15th and 13th over the two days. Kearns now sits in 16th place after competing in just 8 of the 10 Championship rounds held so far in the 2017 EnduroGP season.
The next instalment of EnduroGP racing is scheduled for July 21 in Portugal.