Entering the eighth and final round of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship this weekend in Zschopau, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team duo of Loïc Larrieu and Jamie McCanney will look to complete their season on a high. Remaining in contention for championship success in the EnduroGP and Enduro 2 classes respectively, Loïc and Jamie will battle for class victories on the challenging German soil.
Taking place in the Zschopau area in the district of Saxony, the season finale will mark a return to the traditional enduro race format. Kicking off with a Super Test on Friday afternoon, competitors will face two long days of enduro racing in the forests of Germany.
Loïc Larrieu views the season finale as a final opportunity to demonstrate his great form aboard the WR450F machine. Enjoying a win and six more top three results so far this season, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team’s official representative in the premier EnduroGP class has his eyes set on battling for more podium topping success in Germany. Currently second and 40 points behind the provisional EnduroGP class leader, the Frenchman will look for a strong weekend-long outing in Germany.
For Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team’s Jamie McCanney, the Manxman enters the season finale 13 points behind the provisional Enduro 2 class leader. Securing 11 top three results this season – three of which victories – Jamie has been a force to be reckoned with in the 250cc class throughout the season. Looking for more winning success in Germany, Jamie will give his best in the hope of securing the coveted Enduro 2 World Championship title.
Yamaha’s best performing rider in the Enduro Junior class of the series Mikael Persson will be forced to miss the EnduroGP of Germany. Recovering from illness the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team rider is working hard towards his come-back to competitive action.
The eighth and final round of the 2017 Enduro World Championship will take place in Zschopau, Germany on October 20/22.
Loïc Larrieu – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
“I’m feeling great at the moment and I want to end this season on a high. Mathematically there are still chances to win the EnduroGP title. I just have to focus on my performance and hope for the best. Steve [Holcombe] has been really strong and consistent this season and it’s been a pleasure battling with him for the championship. I feel that we took our riding to a whole new level and that has been extremely beneficiary for me. The last couple of months have been physically and mentally exhausting but I managed to take some time off before coming to Germany. I am looking forward to racing my WR450F this weekend.”
Jamie McCanney – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
“It’s been a good season and I want to wrap it up it with a good set of results. I’m 13 points behind Josep [Garcia] and I will do my best for the title in my class. The goal is to go out there and battle for the victory on both days. My speed is good at the moment and I feel comfortable with the terrain and special tests here in Germany. Overall, I have no regrets for the season. It’s been my first year with the team and we’ve been getting better and better. My speed on the WR250F has been very good, we’ve won races and brought the fight for the title down to the line.”
Marc Bourgeois – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team manager
“We’re really looking forward to the big final here in Germany. Jamie and Loïc will both continue their battles for the titles in their classes. Overall, we couldn’t be happier with how things have gone this season. We are really satisfied with the progress made and the results our riders have achieved. In what is just our second year in the championship, we’ve won races and proved that we are strong contenders for the titles in both major classes of the series. I can honestly confirm we’re well within the goals we’ve set in the beginning of the season.”
Calendar – 2017 FIM Enduro World Championship
25/26 March: GP of Finland (Helsinki – Paijanne)
21/23 April: GP of Spain (Puerto Lumbreras)
26/28 May: GP of Italy (Spoleto)
23/25 June: GP of Hungary (Paradfurdo)
01/02 July: GP of Greece (Grevena)
21/23 July: GP of Portugal (Castelo Branco)
23/24 September: GP of United-Kingdom (Hawkstone Park)
20/22 October: GP of Germany (Zschopau)