Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team rider Kyle Flanagan has wrapped up his Enduro Junior World Championship debut with a set of 15/17 results at the GP of Italy. Collecting valuable experience during a long and challenging weekend of racing in Edolo, the young South African rider now has his eyes set on continuing to make progress aboard the team’s WR250F machine.
Joining the Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team for the last three rounds of the championship as a stand-in rider for injured Erik Appelqvist, Flanagan learned a lot during the first Enduro World Championship of his career. With muddy conditions and long and demanding special tests making the GP of Italy one of the toughest so far this season, Flanagan jumped straight in at the deep end of top-level international enduro competition.
The weekend in Edolo started with Flanagan posting the 12th best time in the short SuperTest on Friday. Using his experience in technical enduro section to his advantage, the South African was strong in the extreme test throughout the first full day of racing on Saturday. Posting top-seven times in two occasions in the extreme test, he ended the day 15th in the Enduro Junior category.
Entering day two determined to improve on his test times, Flanagan kept posting better times on Sunday. Ending the day in 17th place, the WR250F powered rider will go back to work with the goal of returning stronger at the penultimate round of the championship in France.
For Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team’s official representative in the Enduro Youth category Marcus Adielsson, the young Swede collected a set of strong 7/6 results in the 125cc class during the weekend in Edolo.
The Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.
Kyle Flanagan – Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team rider
15th Day 1 / 17th Day 2
“This GP has been a huge learning experience for me. I started off pushing a bit too much and ended up making mistakes and crashing. Luckily I was able to realise that early during day one, so decided to focus on retaining a steady pace in the long special tests. This is a completely different sport to what I am used to so getting the right flow in the tests has been crucial. The riders in my class are fast and it kind of took me by surprise how they can remain fast in different conditions. My goal for the weekend was to improve by getting some better tests times and I’m glad I made it. It was an awesome experience, something new that gave me extra motivation to remain focused on my goals. I’ll take the experience and get back to work now.”
Joakim Johansson – Johansson Yamaha Official Junior Enduro Team Manager
“We had a fantastic GP in Italy and I am really satisfied with Kyle’s performance over the weekend. The results might not reflect the effort he’s put in, but from our side we’re all happy with his progress. It was a long and tough GP for everybody and Kyle took his time to adapt to the new (for him) conditions and type of special test racing. As a rider, he has amazing skills on a motorcycle. He kept pushing during the weekend and reached the finish line on each day without any issue. It’s been a big learning experience for him and our goal now is to provide him what’s needed to keep improving. Kyle will spend the next few weeks living and training in our own facilities in Sweden before we all head to the penultimate round of the World Championship in France. Overall, it’s been a good weekend for our team and we’re looking forward to France now.”
Results – 2018 FIM EnduroGP World Championship, Round 6, Italy
Day 1 – Enduro Junior
1. Matteo Cavallo (ITA), Beta, 1:13:48.45
2. Andrea Verona (ITA), TM, 1:14:21.65, +33.20
3. Jack Edmondson (GBR), Sherco, 1:16:09.83, +2:21.38
4. Leo Le Quere (FRA), TM, 1:16:22.68, +2:34.23
5. Kirian Mirabet (ESP), Honda, 1:16:49.49, +3:01.04
6. Antoine Magain (FRA), KTM, 1:16:53.82, +3:05.37
15. Kyle Flanagan (ZAF), Yamaha, 1:21:22.64, +7:34.19
Day 2 – Enduro Junior
1. Matteo Cavallo (ITA), Beta, 1:14:12.22
2. Andrea Verona (ITA), TM, 1:17:10.40, +2:58.18
3. Joe Wooton (GBR), Husqvarna, 1:17:29.95, +3:17.73
4. Theophile Espinasse (FRA), Sherco, 1:17:30.02, +3:17.80
5. David Abgrall (FRA), Sherco, 1:17:33.81, +3:21.59
6. Jack Edmondson (GBR), Sherco, 1:18:22.62, +4:10.40
17. Kyle Flanagan (ZAF), Yamaha, 1:22:45.67, +8:33.45