Monday’s Morning Glory is enduro21’s salute to a rider that delivered the goods over the weekend. This morning Johnny Aubert is our guy...
Enduro isn’t a sport famed for having a long list of pre-season ‘shake down’ races. Most Enduro World Championship riders simply stick to their national championship, or compete in the series most important to their team.
But with unseasonably bad weather leaving several national enduro championship events cancelled, altered or rescheduled, it left many riders panicking as to where they could get that all important EWC shakedown before their bikes are shipped to South America for the GP of Chile in a few weeks time.
With that in mind the opening round of the 2012 Spanish Enduro Championship in Castellon Vinaros, Valencia, quickly shaped up into a race that resembled a miniature EWC event. With an entry list compiling of names like Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas), Juha Salminen (Husqvarna), Cristobal Guerrero (KTM), David Knight (KTM), Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) and Taddy Blazusiak (KTM), it was Johnny Aubert (KTM) who eventually topped the timing sheets.
Following 11 special tests, Johnny rode to a comfortable ten-second winning margin over his nearest challenger Cervantes. For Aubert the victory, although of no critical importance, will no doubt be one that delivered sizable personal satisfaction.
Not only does it again signify his intent to return to the very top, it also gives the talented Frenchman a serious early season confidence boost. Following two lacklustre seasons in the EWC Johnny’s showing that being back on a 450 seems to be working – Aubert’s unquestionably finding his form of old.
It’s seems that Johnny’s personal goal of competing in this year’s Dakar Rally, added to the fact he’s back on a 450, has resulted in him being mentally and physically sharper than he’s been for a long time…