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Sherco’s Matt Phillips has landed his first victory in the EnduroGP World Championship by topping the standings on the opening day of racing in Spain.

Battle royal in some seriously dusty conditions, Phillips held off Beta’s Steve Holcombe to take the EnduroGP class win and unofficially end his day fastest outright.

In the Enduro 2 class it was a debut senior victory for Spanish new enduro hero Josep Garcia (KTM).

EnduroGP — Phillips wins three-way fight

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After a bit of a disastrous Friday supertest, Phillips wasted no time in hanging about and immediately set about recovering the lost ground.

Working his way forward during the opening lap, Phillips carded the fastest time in the opening cross test to begin lap two of three in the lead.

Joined by Holcombe and KTM’s Nathan Watson in the battle for top honours, it was Holcombe who pushed his way to the front at the end of the second enduro test. 

Winning it back on the next cross test, Phillips was back in front but with only three seconds in hand over Holcombe, and Watson a further four seconds behind in third, it was still all to play for.

With the trio sharing a test win apiece it was Phillips who rode out of the 10th and final test to secure the win by 2.5 seconds over Holcombe.

Slipping behind the duo with a very bad final enduro test, Watson ended his day 27 seconds behind Holcombe in third.

Hovering just behind the trio throughout the day, Christophe Nambotin (KTM) almost capitalised on Watson’s error to snatch third but ultimately had to settle for fourth. 

Five seconds adrift of Nambotin was Yamaha’s Loic Larrieu in fifth.

Enduro 2 — Debut senior win for Garcia

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In the Enduro 2 classification it was a day to saviour for Spanish pocket rocket Josep Garcia with the KTM rider bagging his first ever Senior class win.

Unfazed by the pressure of a home race, Garcia hit the powerband hard on Saturday morning to win the first three tests of the day. 

Adding his supertest win saw him start lap two 22 seconds clear of Yamaha’s Jamie McCanney in second.

McCanney then reduced the gap by about three seconds by topping the second extreme test. 

Another extreme test win on the final lap saw the gap come down some more, but with a comfortable buffer already built up it would ultimately be Garcia’s day with the Spaniard winning.

Unable to gain anymore ground on Garcia, McCanney had to settle for second.

After his double victory in Finland, Eero Remes (TM) saw that winning form end in Spain. With just one test win to his credit, Remes ended his day third overall.

Picking up the final enduro test win, Gas Gas’ Jonathan Barragan finished fourth with Husqvarna’s Pascal Rauchenecker fifth.

In the Junior class, Honda’s Davide Soreca took victory over Beta’s Brad Freeman with Yamaha mounted Mikael Persson in third.

The 125 Youth Cup win went to TM’s Andrea Verona and Laia Sanz won the Women’s class (see separate report).

 

Results — EnduroGP of Spain, day 1

 

EnduroGP

endurogp spain results 1

 

Enduro 2

endurogp spain results 2

 

Junior

endurogp spain result 3

 

 Youth Cup

endurogp spain results 4

 

 

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