So that’s another year in the books. 2015 is all but complete bar the Christmas turkey and over indulgence of food and drink.
It’s been a busy year, with stack of ups and downs but thankfully mostly highs. On track and it was another belter of an enduro season. Champions new and old were crowned across the board.
In the EWC we finally saw Eero Remes claim that world crown that’s eluded him for a few years. It just goes to show you can never give up in this game.
Antoine Meo knows exactly what we’re talking about too. His broken wrist in 2014 almost cost him his racing career, but he bounced back in the way only Meo can to win the Enduro 2 championship. Signing off on enduro with his fifth world title, rally’s gain is certainly enduro’s loss.
The ‘back from the brink’ kinda theme carries over to Mathias Bellino. The fiery Frenchman put all his injuries woes of the past behind him to deliver an impressive run to his first Enduro 3 crown.
With the newly formed EnduroGP class making an appearance in 2016, it’s going to be interesting to see who can step up to the plate and win that overall title. We bet there'll be a few fresh faces in the mix too.
Hard Enduro was the year of Jonny Walker. Granted, Graham Jarvis got the job done at the Sea to Sky and more recently the Roof of Africa, but Walker topping the podium at Ales Trem, Hell’s Gate, The Tough One and Red Bull Romaniacs, while sharing victory at Erzberg, ensured 2015 was his strongest year yet.
Things all went a bit pear shaped at the ISDE. What should be remembered as a cracking event - the trails were some of the best in the world - has been tainted by politics. Riders racing not knowing if they were disqualified or not was certainly a weird one and the mood on podium in Slovakia was very awkward but thankfully Australia have now finally been declared winners. Let’s just hope lessons have been learned.
Away from the race track and the majority of 2016 enduro machinery have been in showrooms since the summer but with Yamaha’s new 450f and 250 two-stroke sparking a lot of interest, Gas Gas rescued from the brink of extinction plus brands like SWM and Fantic coming back into the fray means enduro continues to expand and grow.
And I’m glad to say enduro21 continues to grow bigger and bigger thanks to the support from you guys. We’re hitting numbers and targets we only dreamed about reaching when we first started out nearly four years. Facebook tips the scales at an insane 234,000 Likes with Instagram closing in on 50,000 followers. Let’s just say that’s a pretty damn cool enduro community to be a part of!
Finally, all that’s left to say is a massive thanks to everyone who’s contributed in some way to enduro21.com this year. Reporters, photographers, videographers getting out in the field to bring the cool stuff to our screens and those who simply contact us by Facebook to say ‘have you seen this!’ helps keep our fingers on the pulse of enduro. We really appreciate it immensely.
So that’s about it, time to ‘power down’ for Christmas, break into that over sized tin of sweets and recharge the batteries for a few days. We’ll see you bright and early in the New Year on January 2 for Dakar Rally, more SuperEnduro action and the beginning of another 12 months of enduro.
Have a great Christmas.
Photos: Yamaha Europe, Robert Lynn / Future7Media