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The curtain call on this year’s Enduro World Championship brought first-rate traditional enduro riding in spades.
The German Zschopau forest is a classic for tough roots and raw riding. Some riders relish it, others not so much.
Bringing out the best of him, Zschopau saw Danny McCanney rise to the occasion, putting in his finest ride of the season.
“This has been my best GP for the season and I’m really happy about it,” told McCanney.
“I liked the tests here in Germany and I was well-prepared for the GP.
“I got faster and faster as the weekend went on and that was really positive. I’m happy I got the win on Saturday.”
Strong out of the traps on Saturday morning, he then hit his stride with a win on the opening extreme test.
He then backed that up with fastest time in the final two nine-minute plus enduro tests to claim the Enduro2 win and his first in the senior ranks.
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Hopes of a double win took a dent on Sunday with two crashes in the morning and then another later on.
But a consistent charge saw him end the day as runner-up and finish just four seconds behind brother Jamie.
“On Sunday I had two crashes early in the morning, so I knew it would be a struggle to catch back up with the leading riders.
“I had another crash in the extreme test but kept pushing hard to end the day with second in Enduro 2.”
Although a bit disappointed to hit his stride as the season ends, it has offered a much-needed confidence boost heading into the off season and 2018 ahead.
“I’ve left it a bit late maybe, but I made some changes coming into the weekend.
“I always knew the speed was there but I always felt like something was missing during the season.
“Now I found it and this is where I need to be.”
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com