The city of San Juan, in western Argentina, was the scene last weekend for the second race of the Enduro World Championship and the first World Championship victory for Ivan Cervantes with Gas Gas. After the two second places achieved in Chile a week earlier that earned him the lead in the Enduro 2 classification, Ivan not only retained his consistency but strengthened his position by winning on day one and then backed that result up with third place on day two. After starting the Grand Prix of Argentina struggling closely with Juha Salminen, a mechanical problem delayed the Finn and allowed Cervantes claim that all important victory.
Hoping to repeat his day one victory, Cervantes engaged in a tough battle with Salminen during the early stages of the morning. However after a few costly errors, the Spaniard lost touch with the Finnish rider and then faced his own challenge from a hard charging Cristobal Guerrero. Leading Guerrero into the final test of the day, Cervantes made a small error and was narrowly beaten to end day two in third place. However, Ivan has expanded his lead going into the third round of the season, the GP of Euskadi, Spain, May 5/6.
In Enduro Junior, Danny McCanney continues to adapt well to the Enduro World Championship. After battling hard throughout the weekend for a podium position, the young Manx rider eventually ended his GP of Argentina in fourth and fifth. His points haul keeps him (equal) second in the championship standings.
Finally, Jordi Figueras holds his own in E3, finishing tenth on the day one and eleventh on day two.
Ivan Cervantes: “I’m so happy to have finally won again. It’s been a long time since I last won and I’m very grateful to be able to give Gas Gas this important victory. Day two I made some small mistakes and it cost me a better result but I can now leave South America as leader of the Enduro 2 World Championship.”
Danny McCanney: “I’m upset I didn’t do better, but I know I gave it my all. What is important is that it’s a yearlong championship and while the results might not have come this weekend, not giving in and battling for the places meant I’ve retained a strong position in the championship, just 18 points behind the leader.”