Yamaha has confirmed the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team of Loïc Larrieu and Jamie McCanney, plus Albin Elowson in the Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team for 2018.

The trio will launch a serious attack in Enduro2, Enduro 1 and Enduro Junior respectively in the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship.

With the eight-round-long 2018 series kicking off on March 17 in Finland, Yamaha’s riders start the season as title contenders. Wrapping up 2017 as runner-ups in their respective classes, both Loïc and Jamie have their eyes set on climbing one step higher in the 2018.

 

loic.larrieu Yamaha Enduro Team Shooting 2018 Enduro21 560

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Larrieu and McCanney will also chase for the EnduroGP overall title under the guidance of Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team manager Marc Bourgeois.

Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team’s newest recruit Albin Elowson will chase the Enduro Junior category of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship aboard the new WR250F. The 2016 Enduro Junior vice-champ will challenge for the under-23 class of the 2018 Enduro World Championship.

 

albin.elowson Yamaha Enduro Team Shooting 2018 Enduro21 560

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The 2018 Enduro Championship kicks off in March while the Enduro Junior class riders will join the series at the second round in Spain in April.

Alexandre Kowalski – Yamaha Motor Europe Rally & Enduro Racing Manager – said of the 2018 line-up: “Entering the new season, we are really confident our riders will be strong championship contenders in three different classes of the 2018 Enduro World Championship. With Marc Bourgeois guiding the team, both Loïc and Jamie have shown their immense potential.

“Loïc had a strong season last year, he topped the International Six Days Enduro and finished second in the championship. For 2018 he will stay aboard the WR450F machine with the goal to become Enduro 2 World Champion. Jamie had some great battles last year and took his fight for the title to the very last GP. We expect Jamie to be a top performer in the 2018 Enduro 1 World Championship."

 

jamie.mccanney Yamaha Enduro Team Shooting 2018 Enduro21 560

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Kowalski continued: “In the Enduro Junior class Yamaha will be officially represented by newcomer Albin Elowson. With the support of Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team’s experienced crew we believe Albin is capable of winning the title in 2018.”

 

Calendar - 2018 FIM EnduroGP World Championship

Round 1 - 17/18 March: GP of Finland (Lake Paijanne) [No Enduro Junior]

Round 2 - 27/29 April: GP of Spain (Santiago de Compostela

)Round 3 - 4/6 May: GP of Portugal (Castelo Branco)

Round 4 – 1/3 June: GP of Estonia (Tallinn)

Round 5 – 29/30 June: GP of Trentino (Arco di Trento) [No Enduro Junior]

Round 6 – 31 August/2 September: GP of Italy (Edolo)

Round 7 – 22/23 September: GP of United Kingdom (Hawkstone Park)

Round 8 – 12/14 October: GP of Germany (Woltersdorf)

 

 

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Jon Pearson
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