Enduro

Matthew Phillips claims double win and championship lead in Spain

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Enduro Junior rookie Matthew Phillips ensured a highly successful GP of Spain for the Husqvarna Factory Team by CH Racing racing to victory on both days at the third round of the 2013 Enduro World Championship.

Marking the first of five Enduro World Championship events taking place in Europe the GP of Spain was for many one of the toughest EWC races for many years.

With the extremely dry ground in and around Puerto Lumbreras quickly becoming heavily rutted, the incredibly fine, lose dust proved to be increasingly unpredictable, something that saw mistakes from riders in all classes.

For Phillips the GP of Spain ended in the best possible way with winning rides in the Enduro Junior class on both days. Finding the event extremely difficult, and despite making some big mistakes on day one, Matt gave his all and topped day one by an eventual 27 seconds before winning day two by seven seconds.

Winning the opening four tests in the EJ class on day one set Phillips up perfectly for what would become his second ever EWC win. But despite his sizeable eventual winning margin it was anything but an ‰Û÷easy‰Ûª win for the youngster.

A mistake on the final extreme test ensured everything was to play for on the day‰Ûªs last enduro test. Putting in a mistake free ride Matt claimed a deserved win.

Locked in a three-way battle throughout the second day with Italian Giacomo Redondi and Spaniard Mario Roman, Phillips kept his cool and delivered solid performances on each of the day‰Ûªs 12 special tests. Starting strongly and remaining largely mistake free, in winning the day Matt moved himself to the top of the EJ championship standings.

‰ÛÏIt feels so good to have won both days here in Spain." Phillips commented. "I spent some good time training with Matti Seistola before the race, and I was feeling confident.

"I knew what to expect from the race and the other guys in my class, but the conditions were tough. I‰Ûªd say it was one of the hardest events I‰Ûªve ever raced, but to get two wins is amazing.

"The team did so much to help me this weekend, they really pushed me all the way to the end of the second day. I think I made as many mistakes as the other guys in my class but I just kept pushing and pushing and things worked out great," the Tasmanian concluded.

The double victory in Spain also lifted Phillips to the top of the standings in the EJ class after three of the seven rounds that make up the 2013 Maxxis FIM World Enduro Championships.

Top Image: Matt Phillips on his way to a double victory in Spain

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