With conditions a stark contrast to that of the mud and ruts of the GP of Euskadi just one week earlier, Gas Gas’ Danny McCanney quickly mastered the dry and dusty terrain at the GP of Portugal to secure a podium result in Enduro Junior on day two.
Ending day on in fourth, just two seconds shy of third place, McCanney made a promising start to day two. Battling through the 30+degree Portuguese heat, the young British rider powered his way to his fourth podium result of the season with third place.
Gas Gas continued their domination of the Women’s Cup as Laia Sanz and Ludivine Puy sharing top honours over the two days. With Puy securing victory on day one, Sanz bettered her rival by just six seconds to level the scores.
In Enduro 3, France’s Sebastien Guillaume raced his way to full health following his preseason injury that caused him to miss the opening rounds of the championship in South America. Finishing an incredible second on day one, Guillaume continued his excellent run of form to finish fifth on day two.
However the GP of Portugal proved to be a difficult weekend for Ivan Cervantes in Enduro 2. Retiring early on day one due to a technical issue with his bike, Cervantes struggled to match the pace of the leaders on day two and finished tenth.
Danny McCanney – Enduro Junior: “I started off day one too slow and it cost me a chance of finishing on the podium. I found some better lines on the extreme test and picked up my pace but just missed third place by two seconds. Day two went a lot better and I managed to set some fast times all day. Aside from a crash on the final extreme test, everything went well and I was able to finish on the podium again. I’m now just two points away from second position in the championship so I’m looking forward to the next round in Italy.”
The Enduro World Championship continues with round five at the GP of Italy on June 30/ July 1.