Showing he has the speed to battle for the Enduro Junior class podium, Erik Appelqvist has wrapped up his debut aboard the Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team’s WR250F with two top-ten class results in Estonia. Gaining valuable racing time on his new machine, the young Swede is eager to show more of what he’s capable of in the remainder of the 2018 FIM Enduro Junior World Championship.
Making his return to international enduro competition at the demanding EnduroGP of Estonia, 20-year-old Appelqvist immediately enjoyed a good feeling aboard the WR250F machine. Suffering one too many mistakes in the opening part of day one, the Yamaha rider kept improving as the racing weekend went on.
Claiming ninth in the Enduro Junior class overall standings on the first day of racing in Tallinn, Appelqvist came close to securing a spot on the Junior 1 category where he finished fourth.
Upping his pace and reducing mistakes on day two, the Swede managed to post the second fastest time in three of the 11 tests contested on Sunday. Improving to a strong seventh place result in Enduro Junior on day two, the Swede got his first podium result for the season by finishing third in the Junior 250cc class.
Appelqvist’s teammate Marcus Adielsson, the team’s representative in the Enduro Youth class of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship, collected a set of 10/9 results during the weekend in Estonia aboard his enduro-modified YZ 125 machine.
The Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team return to action in Pietramurata, Italy for round five of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on June 29/30.
Erik Appelqvist – Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team rider
9th Day 1 / 7th Day 2
“It was my first race with the team and I’m happy with how things went during the weekend in Estonia. I’m thankful to the whole team for giving me the opportunity to race the remainder of the series on their WR250F machine. My time on the bike has been limited so the GP of Estonia gave us a good chance to get some more racing miles on the new bike. The bike is really good and I immediately felt comfortable to push. Some small mistakes and a few crashes on day one didn’t let me show what I’m capable of. The more time I get on the bike the better I feel and that was easy to see on day two. I started the day with a good pace and had a good fight with the guys in front of me. Overall, I’m happy with how things are moving forward. The goal now is to get more seat time on the WR250F. The team are doing an awesome job and I can’t thank them enough for their huge support. We now need to keep working hard so that we can come back and look for better results at the next GP in Italy.”
Results – 2018 FIM EnduroGP World Championship, Round 4, Estonia
Day 1 – Enduro Junior
1. Theo Espinasse (FRA), Sherco, 1:11:02.29
2. Matteo Cavallo (ITA), Beta, 1:11:11.54
3. Andrea Verona (ITA), TM, 1:11:25.40
4. Jack Edmondson (GBR), Sherco, 1:11:55.57
5. Davide Soreca (ITA), TM, 1:12:00.40
6. David Abgrall (FRA), Sherco, 1:12:16.28
9. Erik Appelqvist (SWE), Yamaha, 1:13:44.37
Day 2 – Enduro Junior
1. Matteo Cavallo (ITA), Beta, 1:10:42.87
2. Davide Soreca (ITA), TM, 1:11:31.15
3. Theo Espinasse (FRA), Sherco, 1:11:38.84
4. Jack Edmondson (GBR), Sherco, 1:12:01.07
5. Kirian Mirabet (ESP), Honda, 1:12:07.72
6. David Abgrall (FRA), Sherco, 1:12:46.51
7. Erik Appelqvist (SWE), Yamaha, 1:12:53.90