Enduro

Matthew Phillips moves one step closer to maiden world championship in Romania

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The fifth stop of the 2013 Enduro World Championship, the GP of Romania held in Buzau, ended successfully for Team Husqvarna Monster Energy CH Racing riders with Australian Matt Phillips extending his lead in the Enduro Junior World Championship.

Moving 28 points clear at the top of the EJ championship standings Phillips made things difficult for himself on day one following mistakes on the event's extreme test.

Handing the advantage to his class rival Mario Roman, Matt was forced to work hard on the motocross test in order to claim back lost time. Battling determinedly throughout the day Matt finished as runner-up following a great final lap.

Day two started in the best possible way for Phillips as he topped four of the opening five special tests in the Enduro Junior class, opening up a significant advantage at the top of the class in the process.

Remaining in control throughout the day, despite not winning any further tests he held station at the front of the class and claimed a 22-second winning margin.

"It's been great to get another win this weekend." Phillips stated. "On day one I battled hard with Mario Roman all day. On the cross test I was able to pull an advantage and then if I made a mistake he was able to gain some time back.

"I think it was probably the toughest fight for the win that I've faced all year. He knew he was fast on the enduro and extreme tests so I had to ride really hard to match him.

"On day one I was lucky to finish second overall. To be honest I didn't feel like I rode good enough to finish as runner-up but thankfully I was able to take the position right at the very end of the day." continued Phillips.

"I'm happy to have made it onto the podium both days and collected more points towards the championship," the Tasmanian concluded.

Phillips's day two win was his sixth of the series so far.

Top Image: Matthew Phillips on his way to further extending his points lead in the EJ class.

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