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Because privateer wins mean more, Cristobal Guerrero earns our Monday Shout Out…
There was a lot of racing this weekend. Both the Spanish and German Enduro Championships got underway, while GNCC, Italian and Portuguese nationals got into full swing.
In Europe anyway it seems that almost everyone is busy getting some serious race miles under their belt prior to the opening round of the EnduroGP World Championship in less than a fortnight’s time.
Nothing tells you where your race pace is at quite like that timing clock at the end of a special test.
Catching my eye among the pages of results it was rewarding to read that Cristobal Guerrero led everyone home for victory on the opening day of competition in the Spanish Enduro Championship.
A stalwart on the enduro circuit for over a decade now, it’s been a case of close but no cigar for Cristobal when it comes to winning a senior world title.
But collecting a hoard second and third place championship medals with KTM and Yamaha, means he’s still enjoyed more than his fair share of success.
However, in 2017 things are a little different for the Spaniard.
He’s essentially his own boss now, putting together a privateer effort of sorts with his younger brother Victor, having been squeezed out of a factory ride in the new two-class structure era.
Piecing together a team structure necessary to take on both the EnduroGP and Spanish national championships is no mean feat. And to do it hunting success at the highest level adds pressure.
The type of pressure that winning or scoring highly in races keeps your sponsors happy and ultimately gets you from race to race.
So to come out swinging in your first outing of 2017 has gotta be a good sign for the Spaniard.
Now with 12 days to go until EnduroGP kicks off, Cristobal will be hoping things come good again.
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