The 2017 world championship EnduroGP season has drawn to a close with the GP of Germany. Sherco rider Matthew Phillips faced the notoriously difficult course in search of making the overall podium, however, the Tasmanian was forced to settle for fourth place over both days of racing.
Phillips was intent on winning the final GP of 2017 in what has been a turbulent season of racing for the former world champion. Extremely technical special tests combined with rain and incredibly fast and determined competitors kept Phillips at arms-length. The final season points tally keeping the Sherco star rider off the championship podium by a mere seven points.
“I just missed that feeling again. It’s a pitty,” said a reflective Phillips. “The season is done and dusted. Fourth overall in the championship. I’m a little disappointed with the result as a season, it definitely could have been better but that’s how it goes sometimes. A big thanks to the team for a huge effort, always. And thanks to the fans and family over the weekend.”
Phillips’ fourth place for 2017 was highlighted by a double round victory at rounds three and four in Spain, yet the top step of the podium eluded the Tasmanian for the remainder of the season.
The EnduroGP of Germany rounded out what could be Phillip’s final world championship race after he announced his retirement from full-time EndurpGP racing earlier this year.
1. Steve Holcombe - Great Britain
2. Loic Larrieu – France
3. Nathan Watson – Great Britain
4. Matthew Phillips – Australia SHERCO
5. Christophe Nambotin - France