Enduro

Bitter Sweet Italian WEC Round For Phillips As Two Titles Are Decided

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The sixth round of the 2014 World Enduro Championships was a bitter sweet round for Australia's Matthew Phillips.

The Tasmanian who rides for KTM in the E3 class headed into this weekends event with a comfortable points lead and set about closing in on his second straight world title on Saturday taking the class win to further extend his points lead.

Things turned pear-shaped for Phillips on Sunday after he got his foot caught between his bike and rock, fracturing his foot in numerous places. Phillips has already undergone surgery on his foot and will spend the next few days in hospital to ensure against any infections.

Despite scoring no points on Sunday, Phillips will carry an 11 point lead into the final round of the championship that will take place in six weeks time, when the series heads to France on September 13/14, hopefully giving the 300 EXC pilot enough time to recover.
With an 11 point lead over second and over 40 points back to third, Phillips is still in with a shot at winning this years E3 title and at worst will finish second - Credit: Future7Media
His nearest rival, fellow KTM rider Ivan Cervantes of Spain, sits 11 points behind after finishing 2nd and 5th on both day after riding through a foot injury that prevents him from standing on his footpegs.

Third in the standings is Husqvarna rider Mathis Bellino who sits a further 35 points behind Cervantes, meaning Phillips can finish no worse than second in this years title with only 40 points up for grabs.

The injury will also rule Phillips out of the 2014 Australian 4 day enduro that is set to kick off in just over a weeks time.
Christophe won the 2014 E1 title for KTM Credit: Future7Media
In the E1 class KTM Enduro Factory Racing Team had reason to celebrate on Sunday when French rider Christophe Nambotin added the 2014 Enduro 1 World Championship title to his trophy collection when racing at the GP of Italy in Lumezzane.

Nambotin wrapped up the title in what was the penultimate round of the 2014 championship and adds it to the two E3 world titles he already owns.

Riders contested three laps of about 50 km ‰ÛÒ each with three special tests. In the E1 class Christophe Nambotin was is great form topping the podium on both days of competition. On Saturday he claimed six of the nine special tests and advanced his points lead to make his claim on the title a matter to finalize on Sunday.

‰ÛÏNambotin was very fast,‰Û
Pela Renet celebrates his 2014 World Enduro Championship with his team - Credit: Future7Media
There was plenty of reason for celebration within the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing team as Pela Renet secured the 2014 Enduro 2 title.

Entering the race with a 34-point championship advantage, Renet was confident he could deliver the goods in Italy. Simply needing to twice place in front of his closest rival Johnny Aubert, the Husqvarna rider set about doing exactly that. Ending Day One in second the Frenchman put himself in a prime position to wrap up the championship on Day Two.

With torrential rain ensuring difficult conditions it was a nervous time for all. Battling the elements, the pressure was lifted when Aubert exited the race early in the day. Pushing on, Renet put in a smart and calculated performance on his FE 450 to place third and with it clinch the Enduro 2 title.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a fantastic feeling to win the E2 title." Renet stated. "I knew the championship was possible this weekend and really wanted to get it done before France.

"For some reason I wasn‰Ûªt riding too good. Maybe I was thinking about the title. Coming into Day Two I knew I just needed to beat Johnny Aubert to win it. Unfortunately he stopped after the first special test and that let the pressure off me a bit. But in a way it was harder because the day felt so long waiting and waiting.

"Finishing the final special test was a massive relief. After missing out on the championship last year it‰Ûªs great to get it back. But it‰Ûªs been a huge team effort from all the guys at Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ I can‰Ûªt thank them enough for their support.‰Û

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