Enduro

Podium delight for Phillips at EWC GP of Greece

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Husqvarna Enduro Team by Monster Energy CH Racing's Matt Phillips extended his Enduro Junior championship lead at the penultimate round of the Enduro World Championship in Kastoria, Greece with a double podium visit.

Continuing to lead the way in the Enduro Junior class, Matt Phillips on his TE310R enjoyed a race win on day one to further cement his position as the championship leader.

Starting in the best possible way Phillips set the fastest time in the first three special tests. But with his rivals in close contention the young Australian was forced to work hard for the win. Entering the final test of the day separated from the second place rider by less than one-second, Phillips delivered the goods to secure a slender two-second margin of victory.

Hopeful of a repeat performance on day two, Phillips made a few mistakes early on and dropped back. Regrouping in the latter half of the day, he fought hard to finish in third position but was only four tenths of a second short of claiming the runner-up result.

With his pair of podium results Phillips heads to the final round of the season in France with a healthy 29-point lead in the championship standings.

"It's been another important weekend for the championship." Phillips stated. "Winning day one was great and to finish in a strong position on day two was very satisfying.

"I really enjoyed the battle for the win on day one, it was close all day. Entering the final test there was only one second separating three riders so I knew I had to deliver a perfect test.

"On day two I struggled with dehydration midway through the day." the Tasmanian explained. "Racing in the hot weather was difficult but I dug deep and worked my way back into contention.

"It was disappointing to miss out on second position by three tenths of a second but I was pleased with my riding in the latter part of the day. Overall it's been a solid weekend and I feel we're in the best possible position to secure the title in France."

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the rest of the Husqvarna teams riders as Enduro 1 class contenders Juha Salminen and Matti Seistola (both on TE250R) struggled to gel with the dry, dusty and hard packed terrain. Securing his best result of the season, Lorenzo Santolino placed fourth in the Enduro 2 category.

The Enduro World Championship concluded with the GP of France on September 7-8.

Top Image: Matthew Phillips put himself in a great position to secure his maiden world championship with two podium finishes in Greece including a win on day one.

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