ENDURO21.COM RIDER OF THE YEAR 2016

Sherco’s Matthew Phillips goes down in history as the first ever EnduroGP World Champion by finishing fourth in the 2016 Enduro World Championship’s final day of competition in Cahors.

With the battle for EnduroGP supremacy going down to the wire in France, the Aussie did exactly what he needed to do to deliver Sherco the coveted EnduroGP title and make himself the outright champion for enduro in 2016.

Missing on the chance to be crowned world champion during the first day of racing in Cahors by a mere four points, Matt raced a smart day two to wrap up the series in the best possible way.

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At the end on an impressive season aboard the mid-sized SEF-R 300 thumper, the 23-year-old Aussie managed to collect three EnduroGP class victories, making it to the class’ podium no less than eight times. Ruling out his DNF due to mechanical issues on day two in Italy, Matt’s worst result for the season was fifth in EnduroGP.

Along with celebrating the overall EnduroGP title, Phillips also claimed the 2016 Enduro 2 World Championship title in France. The 2016 Enduro World Championship’s final day of competition in Cahors also saw Eero Remes and Laia Sanz crowned as the Enduro 1 and Enduro Women world champions respectively.

Stay tuned to enduro21.com for the complete day two report from the EWC final in France.