The fight in the E2 category was superb all day. It was LoÌøc Larrieu who snatched the victory at the expense of Alex Salvini. The two men fought blow for blow. But Larrieu, probably boosted by the many French fans, found the strength to win and separate himself and Salvini by just one point. Sunday will be an intense and decisive day for the title.
Steve Holecombe did it, he took a new world title in the E3 category! The 5th in 4 years of Senior competitions. The Brit knew he could ‰Û÷save‰Ûª his very tough season with this success and have a reason to smile. Very emotional when he arrived back into the paddock, Holecombe dedicated his latest title to his team and all his relatives. Joining Holecombe on the podium were his season long rival, Danny McCanney and France‰Ûªs ever-improving David Abrgrall.
In Junior, Wil Ruprecht won despite the Epstein Barr virus that continues to wreak havoc with his health. The Australian has drawn on all his resources to get this second win in 2019. It's a great reward for him and Joakim Johansson‰Ûªs team. Theo Espinasse was just over a second and a half behind the Australian, having provided a spectacular race as usual. The young Brit Dan Mundell accompanied these two on the podium, bringing more silverware to Sherco Factory.
In J2, Ruy Barbosa won ahead of Till De Clercq and Emanuele Faccetti. But we must give a nod to Enric Fransisco who, despite a big crash which left him battered and bruised, won the World J2 title, triggering euphoric celebrations for his team and manager, Ivan Cervantes.
Hamish Macdonald has made a whole nation proud by becoming the first World Enduro Champion from New Zealand. Macdonald won the title after a very complicated season after he broke his collarbone in Spain. He pushed hard to recover and return to the top of the category. This title augurs really well for the Kiwi, who hasn‰Ûªt yet realised the full extent of his success.
‰ÛÏI can not find the words, this title is just incredible!" Macdonald said. "The season was very tricky when I broke my collarbone, and my rivals have pushed. All I can say is thank you to my team and my family, but also to the Edmondson family for welcoming me and taking care of me away from home all year. I still haven‰Ûªt taken in what's happening, but I can promise you that we're going to celebrate tonight!‰Û