Fresh look to the TM Factory Racing Enduro team for 2019 as Loic Larrieu and Daniel McCanney officially sign while Eero Remes moves on.
The TM Factory Racing Team has announced two new riders for the 2019 Enduro World Championship season. 2018 EnduroGP E2 runner-up Loic Larrieu, and EnduroGP E3 third-placed rider Daniel McCanney will join the Italian TM Racing Enduro team for next season, racing E2 and E3 respectively.
Larrieu will jump on the EN 300 Fi four stroke while McCanney will take hold of the bars on TM’s new 300cc two-stroke.
The third member of the team, Andrea Verona is also signed with TM for two more years. Runner-up in the Enduro Junior class in 2018, Verona closed-out 2018 in some style with a remarkable overall ISDE individual E1 class win, plus led the Italian team to the World Junior Trophy.
Speaking to Enduro21 about the 2019 season, TM Racing Team Manager, Luca Cherubini says: “The team for 2019 is certainly strong, all three (Larrieu, McCanney and Verona) will fight for the top positions in their respective categories. The decision is to give the support to three different country market with his best representatives riders.”
With that domestic representation in mind, Cherubini adds, “Andrea and Daniel will take part at Italian and World championship levels, Daniel will also race his domestic championship when free dates are possible. Loic will race the French and World Championship series, plus some Italian Championship races also.”
At time of writing the two new signings, Larrieu and McCanney, are waiting patiently for their factory bikes to arrive at their respective homes to get their winter training underway but the new season will bring new incentive for both riders.
Both Loic and Danny will race 300cc TM machines (4T and 2T), Loic jumping straight on the EN 300 Fi while Danny will race the all-new EN 300 Fi, two-stroke model, “Loic was looking for a bike with a smaller displacement to run in E2,” says Luca, “and we are looking a rider to follow the success of Remes, we did a test and the agreement was immediately found with Loic and this bike.
“As for the 2T, having a completely new bike, we thought about Daniel because he has a lot experience on the 2T.”
The obvious question to ask is also what news of Eero Remes who appears to be out of the team which he won the 2018 E2 Enduro World Championship.
“After racing six seasons rich with great results, three World Titles for rider and manufacturer, we are now ready to turn the page.” Replies Cherubini. “We extend thanks to Eero for all work done together. We hope to see him again in the paddock of the world championship, if this is not the case we will be ready to support him in the Finnish championship.”
For our part at Enduro21 we’d heard rumours Remes was perhaps looking to press the reset button this winter and we await news from the enigmatic Finnish rider. With Larrieu leaving the official Yamaha team (who will drop out of EnduroGP for 2019) and the Johansson Yamaha squad stepping up to be the supported Yamaha team in GPs, there’s a straight swap potentially for Eero on the new WR450F.
Full-factory TM Racing teams compete at the highest level in MXGP with Max Nagl, MotoGP (Moto3) with Kevin Zannoni and Thomas Chareyre Supermoto. That’s without mentioning the numerous Italian championship successes across different disciplines. For a comparatively tiny manufacturer, this is some going.
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