The 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship in Aldershot, Hampshire marked the introduction of the newly formed 125 Youth Cup class. Intended to give the younger riders of the series a fighting chance on what’s now viewed as lesser-powered machines, the 125 Youth Cup riders delivered some impressive results straight away.
Making his first public outing for Husaberg, Manxman Jamie McCanney got his season off to a winning start, quickly showing that he will be the rider to beat this season and a likely frontrunner in the Enduro World Championship Youth Cup class.
Switching to the lighter and more agile 125cc two-stroke machine for 2012, the reigning Under 19 BSEC champion wasted little time in making his presence felt. Comfortably topping his class each day, it was Jamie’s opening special test of the weekend that got heads turning. Setting a blistering time, McCanney was the initial race leader at the end of lap one before ending his day sixth in the overall classification. Eventually finishing his day only 55 seconds behind event winner and two-time enduro world champion, Johnny Aubert, McCanney clearly demonstrated that bigger isn’t always better.
“With two wins at the BSEC opener I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. That was my first race on the 125 and now I can see where my pace is,” confirmed McCanney. “My goal is to keep improving at every race and hopefully I can continue to do that this weekend at the BSEC, and then in the EWC. On the scratch results I was sixth at round one and eight at round two but I’m still adapting to the new bike and feel that as the season continues I will be able to build on that result.”
Rounds three and four of the 2012 Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship continues at Llangrove, Monmouth on March 10/11.