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The 2017 ISDE proved one to remember for Loic Larrieu with the Frenchman not only winning the World Trophy class with France but also ending the event as the outright fastest rider.
The Yamaha rider crossed the sixth and final day of racing in France with a 38-second margin of victory to top the overall individual podium.
Winning the the ISDE, but to do so on home soil is a certainly a result to remember for the Yamaha rider.
“Things couldn't have gone any better for me,” told Larrieu. “It feels amazing that we managed to secure the World Trophy title in front of our home fans.
“As for me personally, to get the overall victory is the best reward after a tough week of racing.”
But it wasn’t the perfect start to his week for Larrieu. Despite posting the fastest outright time on the first day of competition, a one-minute time penalty pushed him back to 16th.
“On day one I received a 1-minute penalty and that made things even harder for me,” continued Larrieu.
“After that it was difficult to get going again as I was the 16th rider to start day two, with a lot of dust. I was forced to make lots of passes in the special tests so ended up day two in sixth place.”
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Getting sixth overall on day two, the Frenchman was the fastest overall rider again on days three and five and then having his penalty reinstated hopes of an overall home win were back on the cards.
“Things got better afterwards and for the rest of the race. I won day three and got second on day four.
“After finishing day four I learned that organisers accepted our appeal and my 1-minute penalty had been removed.”
Despite suffering a small fall in the final motocross test, the WR450F rider wrapped up the week with a final overall advantage of 38 seconds, while also topping the Enduro 2 class by about 90 seconds.
“Winning again day five I eased back a little bit and focused on helping my team win the World Trophy.
“It's been a big team effort and I'd like to thank all my teammates and especially Christophe Nambotin, who suffered two bad crashes but raced through pain to help us get the win.”