Results from the 2019 Enduropale Le Touquet – Nathan Watson wins to become overall French Beach Race Champion and the first British rider to win iconic Le Touquet race.
Dramatic Enduropale Le Touquet 2019, final round of the Championnat de France des Sables, saw Nathan Watson pull back a huge early deficit as the track roughed up later in the race to win outright, taking his first win and KTM’s first victory in 30 years.
A slow start to the race saw Watson lose considerable time on the leaders during the opening hour on a fast and smooth Le Touquet course. Early leaders were Camille Chapeliere and Jeremy Van Horebeek but both went out later in the race.
Find his rhythm as the event moved past the halfway point and the track deteriorating, Watson jumped from sixth to second in before closing in on main two laps.
Battling hard with race leader and French Beach Race series rival, Milko Potisek. The duo went head-to-head during the last hour of the race with Watson not taking on fuel in his third and final pit stop, he pulled clear only for Potisek to drop out of contention on the last lap with a technical issue.
Nathan Watson: “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to not only win Le Touquet for the first time but also take the championship. We’ve worked incredibly hard this season, so to get a result like this is beyond words.
“During the first hour of the race I actually thought that I might not be able to do it. A lot of people overtook me early on and I was riding far too cautiously because the course was so fast and smooth. When it grew rougher that’s when I began to come into my own and really find my speed.
“This is the biggest victory of my career - it’s been my dream since I was a child to win this race and now I’ve become the first British rider to do so. I’m also the first KTM rider in over 30 years to win Le Touquet, too.”
2019 Enduropale Le Touquet results:
Overall 2019 Championnat de France des Sables championship positions:
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