With Portugal not fielding a World Trophy team for the ISDE, Yamaha mounted Correia, who currently sits 12th overall in the Enduro 2 World Championship, headed to the deep sands of Lommel in Belgium to represent his country in this year’s 66th edition of the Motocross of Nations. He didn’t disappoint.
You see, Correia is now not just one of Portugal’s top enduro riders – he’s also one of their leading motocross riders too. While giving 100 per cent commitment to the 2012 EWC, he also contested the Portuguese National motocross championship and duly won the MX1 title to earn himself a slot on the greatest stage of motocross.
With nerves building, he kept his composure in Saturday’s all-important qualification race and placed ninth in the MX3 Open category to help Portugal qualify 11th overall.
Lining up against the world’s best motocross riders for Sunday’s main event, Correia secured an incredible 13th overall in Race 2. Although fading slightly in the final race of the day due to the tight turn around between races, 24th was more than enough to help Portugal finish ninth overall in the standings and a coveted top ten result.
Good work Luis – we’ll see you in France for the final round of the EWC…