After the thrilling action packed racing on day one, the start of day two was clouded in controversy when it was realised that three bikes, belonging to Enduro 1 class riders Rodrig Thain (Honda), Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) and Lorenzo Santolino were stolen from the Parc Ferme during the night.
With Pela RENET focused on putting the finishing touches to his Enduro 2 World Championship campaign on day two of the GP of France it was Johnny AUBERT (KTM) who topped the results, just as he had on day one. Making a strong start to the day Aubert quickly built up a commanding lead, one that he maintained during the second and third laps before going on to claim his third day win of the season. Husqvarna mounted Finn Juha SALMINEN ended the day as runner-up coming out on top of a close battle with Pela RENET.
In placing third Renet did more than enough to claim his first Enduro World Championship, Husaberg’s first senior class title in 14 years. Spaniard Cristobal GUERRERO placed fourth to claim second in the Enduro 2 World Championship.
Christophe Nambotin claimed his 14th day win of the season in the Enduro 3 World Championship. Placing close to two minutes ahead of Joakim LJUNGGREN (Husaberg), NAMBOTIN once again proved too fast for his class rivals. Third on the final day of the championship went to TM’s Aigar LEOK. Arguably the most improved rider this season LEOK also placed third in the E3 championship with LJUNGGREN claiming the runner-up position.
In the Enduro 1 class Antoine MEO once again ruled supreme but due to the theft of the three Enduro 1 class bikes from the parc ferme during Saturday night the final day of the series didn’t count towards the final championship standings. Riding ‘just for fun’ Meo topped the class ahead of Husaberg’s Thomas OLDRATI with Fabien PLANET (Sherco) third. With MEO already crowned 2012 Enduro 1 World Champion Honda’s Rodrig THAIN secured the runner-up position ahead of Thomas OLDRATI in third.
Mathias BELLINO (Husaberg) claimed his 12th day win of 2012 in the Enduro Junior class, comfortably beating this year’s Enduro Youth champion Giacomo Redondi, who moved up into the EJ category for the GP of France. With BELLINO winning all but one of the day’s 12 special tests, the Husaberg rider brought his championship campaign to a perfect close where he was joined on the podium by REDONDI and Spain’s Victor GUERRERO (KTM).
Britain’s Danny MCCANNEY, who placed second on day one, crashed out of the event but still claimed third in the EJ championship standings. Italian Jonathan MANZI, who placed 10th on day two, secured the runner-up position behind BELLINO.
Ludivine PUY (Gas Gas) claimed victory in the Enduro Woman’s class, just as she did on day one. More than one-minute ahead of her closest challenger Laia SANZ (Gas Gas), Lulu ensured her home fans had much to celebrate. But it was SANZ, who came into the GP of France leading the EW championship standings, who was crowned champion with her two runner-up results enough to claim her first Enduro World Championship title.
Third on day two went to Australian Jessica GARDINER (Yamaha). Third in the EW championship was secured by France’s Audrey ROSSAT.
Jamie MCCANNEY (Husaberg) put in another solid performance in the Enduro Youth class and for much of the second day’s competition looked as if he would claim victory as he had on day one. But despite starting the final special test with a six-second advantage over Portugal’s Luis OLIVEIRA he found himself beaten into the runner-up position by the Yamaha mounted Portuguese rider.
Third went to Davide SORECA (Yamaha).
In the Enduro Youth World Championship Mateo BRESOLIN (Husaberg) finished as runner-up behind REDONDI with MCCANNEY third.