Tough weekend for Matthew Phillips at first-ever EnduroGP sprint and cross country 


Sherco’s Matthew Phillips encountered a frustrating weekend of racing at rounds 13 and 14 of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship at Hawkstone Park in Great Britain. The Australian star recorded an uncharacteristic seventh place on Saturday and suffered a DNF (Did Not Finish) on Sunday.

The GP of Britain saw the introduction of enduro sprint and cross-country formats for the first time-ever, which replicates the same format commonly used for Australian Off-Road Championship racing. Saturday’s racing was decided over 12 sprints with Britain’s Steve Holcombe leading home fellow Brit, Nathan Watson and Christophe Charlier of France.

Sunday’s cross country was taken out by Nathan Watson with Charlier second and Loic Larrieu third. Phillips’ seventh and DNF has now relegated the 2016 World Champion back to fourth place in the Championship points standings with just two rounds of racing remaining.

“A real season breaker this weekend,” Phillips commented. “Seventh and another DNF. Great event ran here in the UK, great to see the fans out and getting into it.”

The final weekend of EnduroGP World Championship racing for 2017 will be held at the GP of Germany in Zschopau on October 21-22.