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Albie Wilkie Wins Honda 150 Europen MX Championship By Two Points

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Jere Haavisto followed his win in Saturday‰Ûªs race with another dominant performance on Sunday to take the overall Grand Prix victory, but it was Brit Albie Wilkie who had the biggest smile at the chequered flag as he was crowned the 2014 Honda 150 European Champion.

Just five points separated the two contenders coming into today‰Ûªs race so it was always going to be a close-run affair. As Haavisto rode away from the field to take his fifth race win of the season, all eyes were on Wilkie as he fought towards the front from sixth position.

In a repeat of yesterday, it was Wilkie versus Rick Elzinga for second place, but this time the championship title was at stake. A third place wasn‰Ûªt enough for Wilkie; he had to finish second. As Jere disappeared into the distance, able to do no more to strengthen his chances of overhauling Albie in the final race, the Brit gave it his all in his most impressive performance of the season.

The championship was decided with just seven minutes of the final race of the season remaining. Wilkie made the pass on Elzinga, and despite the dimunitive Dutchman keeping him in check until the finish, he was unable to remount a serious challenge.

With Haavisto taking the win and Wilkie second, Albie becomes the 2014 champion by a margin of just two points. The title secures him a ride with the Honda Jtech team in the 2015 European MX250 category, aboard a Honda CRF250R, and represents a real springboard in his career.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs there, I know I have the title, but it hasn‰Ûªt properly sunk in yet!" Albie stated after the final moto. "Thank you to everyone at Honda, to the whole team, as they‰Ûªve been great this year and given me so much support.

"I‰Ûªd like to thank Eastwood Racing, as they‰Ûªve been my top supporter this year, and they‰Ûªve put me here, and also Wiseco. I‰Ûªm hoping for more years to be like this! I am so surprised with the result this weekend on the sand, as Valkenswaard [the last sand race] was not really my track.

"Everyone was telling me Lommel is one of the hardest tracks to ride, and I don‰Ûªt blame them, it is, but I just had to get it today. Now I‰Ûªll get my head down straight away, continue training hard and then hopefully next year will bring me even more.‰Û

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