The EnduroGP of France last weekend marked yet another unforgettable weekend for the Boano Racing team with Matteo Cavallo becoming the 2018 Junior World Champion.
It was surely a deserved title for Cavallo whose form in 2018 has been impressive. The battle for the Junior title with Andrea Verona has been intense and has often pushed the results and test times way beyond Junior ranks and well up the running order in the senior EnduroGP classes.
Matteo arrived in the World Enduro Championship two and a half years ago, after learning his trade in motocross. With hard work, help from team-mate, Deny Philippaerts's, plus the support of the whole team he proved the Junior title was a realistic goal and one he achieved in some style this year with nine wins from a possible 11.
In the style typical of Matteo’s 2018, he closed the title at the French GP with a double victory at the two day event: "I worked a lot for this title! It is a dream I had as a child that became a reality! There are many people I have to thank for being here today, certainly my family and my girlfriend to follow the whole team and the sponsors who believed in us. Thanks to all!
“Now we have to concentrate on the Italian Championship where I will have to give my best to try to win the title."
Cavallo also joins a list of Junior proteges to shine from under team manager Jarno Boano's hugely successful wings. The Junior crown is the latest in an impressive list for the Caraglio-based team: 2014 saw Davide Soreca take the Youth and Daniel McCanney the Junior world titles. In 2017 Brad Freeman won the Juniors again for Boano and barring a disaster he looks like adding the E1 world title to the pot at the final GP in Germany next month.
“Two and a half years ago I decided to believe in the potential of Matteo and after a couple of races some small details made me realize that if he worked, he could get there.” Says Jarno. “Now we are 2018 Junior World Champions! Alongside the great work done by Matteo, I thank all the team's people and sponsors who make winning a world title possible. Now, in the hope of making the 2018 incredible, all we have to do is wait for October 14th where Bradley [Freeman] can be E1 World Champion.”
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org