Come rain or shine Husaberg’s Mathias Bellino has remained the standout performer of this year’s Enduro Junior World Championship. Leading into the sixth round of the Enduro World Championship in Sweden, the young Frenchman had amassed a solid points lead in the title chase. Claiming a stunning seven wins from ten starts the Husaberg rider placed 41 points clear of his nearest rival Jonathan Manzi.
But it was the soft, sandy soils of Scandinavia that would be the ultimate test for Bellino. Openly proclaiming not to be a lover of the rugged, bumpy forestry conditions that riders would face during the GP of Sweden, Bellino’s challenge of claiming a double victory at his team’s home race would become all the more arduous with the forecast of heavy and sometimes torrential rain.
With pressure mounting the fiery Frenchman wasted little time to perform and immediately set an incredible pace around the slippery, muddy Friday evening super test. Topping his classmates be a massive five seconds, he also set a time that would see him place at the front of the overall classification.
Although that overall position was soon short lived once the event started in earnest on day one, he continued to stretch his advantage in Enduro Junior. Setting a pace that few could match, Mathias skipped and danced his way through the deeply chewed up enduro test while matching his lighter, more agile two-stroke competitors second-for-second as wrestled his burly 450 around the tight and twisty confines of the manmade extreme test. Racing on to claim a comfortable victory on day one he repeated his performance on day two to secure a maximum points haul for the fourth time this year.
As the series moves on to the penultimate round of the season in Finland it seems inevitable that Bellino will clinch the title in Heinola. Now a staggering 51 points in front of everyone else the stage is set for Mathias Bellino to be crowned this year’s Junior king.