Battling through a challenging penultimate round of the FIM EnduroGP World Championship in the United Kingdom, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team’s Loïc Larrieu earned his seventh podium result for the season on the second day of racing at the EnduroGP of Great Britain.
The series’ return to the United Kingdom for the first time since 2008 saw the implementation of a new race format at the British GP. Featuring a sprint enduro event on day one, Loïc and the rest of the field then contested a three-hour-long cross-country event on Sunday.
Posting top three times in seven out of the 12 special tests contested on day one, the WR450F mounted rider rounded out the first day of racing on British soil with the fastest time in the last motocross test. Claiming fourth in the EnduroGP class, Loïc was just one second behind a provisional top three result.
Determined to use his motocross background to his advantage on day two, the Frenchman suffered one too many mistakes that prevented him to battling for the EnduroGP class victory on Sunday. Crossing the finish line less than a minute behind the day’s winner, Loïc secured a strong third place result.
One of the most consistent riders in the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship, Larrieu remains second in the provisional EnduroGP class’ points standings.
Loïc Larrieu and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team will return to action in Zschopau, Germany for the final round of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship on October 20/22.
Loïc Larrieu Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
4th Day 1 / 3rd Day 2
“This weekend we were faced with a new race format and that was a new experience for us. On day one I enjoyed the sprint racing format. I managed to put in some consistent times in the first enduro tests. Improving my speed as the day went on I topped the last motocross test and that was good going into the second day. I finished day one in fourth and just one second behind the top three. For Sunday’s GNCC-styled race our plan was to make a steady start and then keep improving on my speed as the racing went on. The track was already destroyed from Saturday’s racing so it was hard to avoid small mistakes. I started the race inside the top five and managed to make a few passes for third at the finish line. It’s been really busy for me these last couple of weeks and at the end of the weekend here in the UK I felt physically exhausted. We’re still in contention for the title and it’ll all go down to the final round in Germany in October.”