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Sherco’s Matt Phillips secured a double victory at the EnduroGP World Championship in Spain with a win on day two.

In what proved to be an incredibly narrow margin of victory, Phillips took his second win of the weekend by just 29 hundredths of a second over KTM’s Christophe Nambotin. 

Adding in Beta’s Steve Holcombe finishing 88 hundredths of a second behind Nambotin for third ensured a nail-biting finish to the weekend.

Phillips once again placed as the unofficial fastest rider on the day.

Back on winning form, TM Racing’s Eero Remes shot to the top of the Enduro 2 category with a commanding 33-second margin of victory over Yamaha’s Jamie McCanney.

Day two was shortened to two and a half laps due to environmental issues.

 

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EnduroGP — Phillips goes two-for-two but only just!

The fight for victory on day two was as close as it gets with less than seven seconds separating the top four in class.

Holcombe was fastest out of the traps this morning topping the opening cross test by three seconds over Nambotin, Loic Larrieu (Yamaha), Phillips and Nathan Watson (KTM).

Another test win by Holcombe saw him extend that gap to just over four seconds as Watson dropped out of the running due to tendinitis symptoms in his left wrist.

Phillips fought back on the opening enduro test to move up to third. Topping the second cross test then moved him within three seconds of Holcombe.

Nambotin retaliated by winning the third test to take the lead. With positions changing again on the penultimate test, Holcombe held a one-second advantage over his rivals.

Larrieu set the fastest time on the final test, but with Phillips posting the third fastest time he sealed the win by less than three tenths of a second.

 

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Enduro 2 — Remes takes back control

After Josep Garcia (KTM) victory on home soil on day one, Sunday saw Remes return to the top of the podium with a convincing win in Enduro 2.

Garcia came out swinging, opening with the fastest time on the first test. But a 10-second penalty then pushed him down to fourth as Remes led with Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) and Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) in tow.

By the end of lap one, and with two test wins in the bag, Remes extended his lead to 15 seconds over Jamie McCanney (Yamaha), who’d worked his way up from sixth.

Clocking up two more test wins, Remes moved himself clear to claim victory.

Behind him things were not quite so clear cut. Jamie McCanney held second but an extreme test win on lap two by Barragan moved him within three seconds of the Yamaha rider.

Then a disastrous enduro test then ruled Barragan out of contention giving McCanney some much welcomed breathing room.

 

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However a late push by Husqvarna’s Danny McCanney and Pascal Rauchenecker ensured McCanney couldn’t quite relax. Keeping him honest, Jamie McCanney finally took second, with Danny McCanney third and Rauchenecker fourth.

A further five seconds behind, Garcia completed the top five, with Barragan regrouping on the final test to claim sixth.

In the Enduro Junior ranks, day two saw a debut win for Boano Beta’s Brad Freeman — the 2016 European Enduro Champion.

TM Racing’s Andrea Verona secured his second victory of the weekend in the 125 Youth Cup while KTM’s Laia Sanz did the same in the Women’s Cup.

 

Results - EnduroGP of Spain, day 2

EnduroGP

endurogp results spain day 2 1

 

Enduro 2

endurogp results spain day 2 2 

 

Junior

endurogp results spain day 2 3

 

125 Youth Cup 

endurogp results spain day 2 4

 

Women's Cup

endurogp results spain day 2 5

 

 

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