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Notching his first senior class victory on day two of the EnduroGP World Championship in Hungary, Jamie McCanney was the big winner of the Enduro 2 class.
Finally delivering on the speed and potential that saw him win the 2015 Enduro Junior title, the Yamaha rider ended day two in Hungary with his first senior class win.
Having come agonisingly close on numerous occasions this season, only to lose out by a handful of seconds, McCanney this time locked down the victory.
“We've been fighting for the win since the start of the year and it always went down to the last test,” told McCanney. “I'm really happy I managed to make it happen on day two here in Hungary.”
Posting the fourth best time in the Enduro 2 class during the short opening Super Test on Friday evening, McCanney entered the first full day of racing in Hungary looking for nothing less than the top step of the podium.
“The event started quite well for me and I showed the speed was there. We had a good battle throughout the day with Josep Garcia and Eero Remes and it all went down to the line.”
With top-three times in eight of 10 tests, the Manxman was in the hunt right until the finish of day one.
“I rode more on the cautious side so I ended up getting third on day one. Finishing day one less than five seconds away from winning gave me the extra motivation to give it all I had on day two.”
But feeling like he’d ridden on the cautious side meant he had to come out swinging on day two and by the end of lap two he was leading.
“I pushed hard from the start on Sunday and managed to come out on top. It’s great to finally get this win.
“It's been a tough GP and I'm happy I kept it steady and got some good points for the championship.”
The victory puts McCanney one-point behind second-placed Eero Remes in the Enduro 2 title chase in what’s set to a closely fought second half of the season.