The opening round of the 2016 French Enduro Championship got going a6 Saint-Palais.
Back in competitive action Yamaha’s Marc Bourgeois was hot out of the traps early on day one setting the fastest time on the opening special test. But the defending E1 champ was unable to hold that pace as Julien Gauthier (Yamaha) soon took over proceedings. With Gauthier going on to win the day, Sherco’s Antony Bossiere improved to second while Roman Iozerien Boucardey (Yamaha) snatched third from Bourgeois on the final lap.
Bourcardey surprised everyone early on day two by leading the opening lap but by losing over one minute with a crash saw him tumble in the rankings. Bourgeois took control and looked set for victory until a one-minute penalty dropped him to fifth. Gauthier benefited best and claimed the win from TM’s Theo Bolley. Bourcardey recovered to claim third on the final lap.
Favourite Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) quickly took up the race lead in Enduro 2. But despite leading the first two laps it was a fall on the final lap that proved costly. Losing 10 seconds allowed Yamaha’s Loic Larrieu through for victory. Also capitalising on Bellino’s mistake Jeremy Tarroux pushed his way to to second with Bellino relegated back to third on day one.
Determined to make amends for his day one loss, Bellin came out swinging on day two. Continually pushing the pace, the Husqvarna rider pulled 20 seconds clear of his rivals to take the win. Tarot was second with Larrieu third.
Picking up his first national win in nearly nine months, Jeremy Joly (KTM) was the rider to beat in Enduro 3. Smooth and consistent, Joly topped seven of the nine special tests to win the opening day of E3. Behind him the battle for second was played out between Antoine Basset (KTM) and Romain Dumontier (Yamaha). A fall by Basset on the last lap saw Dumontier grab third.
With a taste for victory there was no stopping Joly on day two as he rode away for another victory. Basset followed him home for second while Dumontier completed the top three.
Day one of the Juniors marked victory for Sherco’s Kirian Mirabet by 1.2 seconds over Anthony Geslin and David Abrall in third.
Mirabet again stole the show in Juniors with Geslin and Abrall ensured a repeat result of day one.
Delivering Yamaha yet another win on day one, Juliette Berrez secured top honours in the Women’s class. On day two Audrey Rossat (KTM) won.
E1 championship standings
1. Julien Gauthier - 40 Pts
2. Romain Boucardey - 30 Pt
3. Theo Bolley - 28 Pts
E2 championship standings
1. Mathias Bellino - 35 Pts
2. Loïc Larrieu - 35 Pts
3. Jeremy Tarroux - 34 Pts
E3 championship standings
1. Jeremy Joly - 40 Pts
2. Antoine Basset - 32 Pts
2. Romain Dumontier - 32 Pts
Women's championship standings
1. Audrey Rossat - 37 Pts
1. Juliette Berrez - 37 Pts
2. Justine Martel - 30 Pts
The French Enduro Championship continues in Chemille sur-Indrois on May 28/29.