The 2016 EnduroGP World Championship signs off in France, where Matt Phillips is just one step away from delivering Sherco the EnduroGP title. But with everything still to play for, the battle for top honours could go down to the wire in France.
If success seemed to smile to Matthew Phillips (Sherco) since the beginning of the season, it eluded him in Italy where a mechanical failure on day two resulted in him losing valuable points.
He now holds a 15-point advantage over Steve Holcombe (Beta) and 17 points on Eero Remes (TM). Nothing is settled and nothing is certain. If Holcombe and Remes perform at their best the Australian will have to fight every step of the way in order to secure the EnduroGP title.
Possible of having an impact on the final EnduroGP championship finishing order, French riders Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna), Loïc Larrieu (Yamaha), Antoine Basset (KTM) or Jeremy Joly (KTM) and Romain Dumontier (Yamaha) will all be looking to end their championship campaign in the best possible way in front of their home crowd.
In addition, KTM riders Taylor Robert and Nathan Watson and Johnny Aubert (Beta) and Alex Salvini (Beta) could also play an important role in the outcome of the EnduroGP championship.
The Grand Prix AMV of France marks the end of the career of Ivan Cervantes (KTM). "El Torito" announced his retirement from the world stage early in the season and will definitely want to walk away having made one last visit to the podium.
Finally, Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha), Danny McCanney (Husqvarna), Jaume Betriu (KTM), Davide Guarneri (Honda), Gianluca Martini (Kawasaki) and Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) will all being hoping for a strong end to their championships.
Giacomo Redondi (Honda) was crowned 2016 Junior World Champion in early summer in Fabriano, Italy and will remain in the Junior class in Cahors as he chases a perfect season. Opting not to move up into the Enduro2 category, Giacomo, who is undefeated over 14 days of competition so far this year, needs just two more day wins if he is to complete an incredible "perfect "season.
Albin Elowson (Husqvarna), who is very likely the Junior class runner-up in 2016, Josep Garcia (Husqvarna), Henric Stigell (TM) or Davide Soreca (Honda) will be among those posing the biggest challenge to the king of the Junior class.
In the FIM Youth Cup 125cc class newly crowned champion Jack Edmondson (KTM) will stay in the category for France. Behind him we find the usual riders of Erik Appelqvist (Yamaha), Ruy Barbosa (Husqvarna), Enric Francisco (KTM) and a big French armada led by Jean-Baptiste Nicolot (Yamaha), Valerian Debaud (Yamaha), Alexis Beaud (Husqvarna) and Leo Le Quere (TM).
Two points separates Laia Sanz (KTM) from her rival Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) in the Women’s championship. Daniels, who dominated early in the season, before Sanz was able to move into the lead during the GP of Spain. Can the Jane halt Laia's advances, dethrone the Queen of Off-Road and claim the title?
Germany's Maria Franke (KTM) will likely take up the role of referee, more than capable of winning the Women's class, her results in Cahors might well have a big impact on the final championship outcome. Just seven points behind Sanz, the enduro rookie might deliver a surprise in Cahors.
Behind this explosive trio, the battle for fourth will be between Sanna Karkkainen (KTM) and Jemma Wilson (Yamaha). Valérie Rocher (Sherco) who is the only French rider in the class will want to do well in front of her public.
So, for the final time in 2016 the EnduroGP championship heads to Cahors, France. With large numbers of enduro fans expected to witness the crowning of the series' remaining champions, the action will start on Friday, September 9th at 19:00 (Super Test).