Enduro

Remes takes back-to-back overall wins with day 2 victory in Finland

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TM rider Eero Remes has put the finishing touches to a perfect AMV GP of Finland by wrapping up his home round of the EnduroGP series with a dominant Enduro 2 class win.

Ending the second day‰Ûªs competition as the outright fastest rider, just as he did on day one, the Finn was joined by countrymen Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) who topped the EnduroGP class, Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) who dominated the Enduro Junior class, and Hermanni Haljala (Husqvarna) who topped the result sheets in the Enduro Youth category.
Podium Lake Paijanne Day 2
Faced with a shorter day, that featured 11 special tests and took riders south towards the event‰Ûªs finish on the outskirts of Helsinki, it was again Remes who set the pace others tried to match. Topping the first nine tests in the Enduro 2 class to open up a sizeable lead, Remes eased his pace a little as the day neared its close but nevertheless still placed close to three minutes ahead of class runner-up Josep Garcia (KTM).

‰ÛÏIt was another good day for me,‰Û
Damaging his rear brake early in the day, Aussie Matt Phillips nevertheless pushed hard to secure third overall.
Despite being off a bike for one month following a car accident prior to the GP of Finland, Josep Garcia (KTM) brought his first ever senior class outing to a very positive close with a strong second place result behind the flying Remes. Despite his relative lack of fitness following his enforced layoff Garcia put in an impressive performance, splitting class winner Remes and Henric Stigell (Husqvarna).

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very pleased with this result,‰Û
Antti Hellsten (SF - Husqvarna) new leader of the EnduroGP
Just as Eero Remes did in the Enduro 2 class, Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) completed a perfect weekend with EnduroGP class victory on day two. Despite winning only four of the day‰Ûªs 11 special tests the Finn did all that he needed to do in order to stay ahead of second place finisher Steve Holcombe (Beta).

With Holcombe upping his pace and pushing Hellsten much harder than he did on day one, the difference between the two riders was just 38 seconds at the end of close to two-and-a-half hours of special test racing.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve really enjoyed competing in an important Finnish race, that‰Ûªs also a world championship event,‰Û
Eemil Pohjola (SF - Husqvarna)
Fourth in EnduroGP on day two, Nathan Watson was arguably more relieved than most riders to have finished both days. Crashing heavily while training at home in England, Nathan struggled during the opening day. But with his confidence improving throughout the second day he finished just 17 seconds behind Phillips. Marko Tarkkala (Husqvarna) finished fifth and as the second-best Finn behind Hellsten. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) improved on his day one result to finish sixth with Aleksi Jukola (KTM), Loic Larrieu (Yamaha), Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) and Alex Salvini (Beta) rounding out the top 10.

Just as he was on day one Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) was in a class of his own in the Enduro Junior class. Placing close to five minutes ahead of runner-up Davide Soreca (Honda) he also finished an impressive sixth overall. Soreca‰Ûªs runner-up result matched his day one finish while Henry Olenius (Honda) rounding out the top three.

With Scandinavian riders filling the top five places in the 125cc Enduro Youth class it was Finn Hermanni Haljala (Husqvarna) who topped the results, comfortably placing ahead of Emil Jonsson (KTM) from Sweden with Finn Antti Ahtila (KTM) third.

The 2017 EnduroGP World Championship next heads to Spain for the AMV GP of Spain on April 21st.

Day 2 Results
Enduro GP Standings after 2 rounds:
1 Antti Hellsten Husqvarna FIN 40
2 Marko Tarkkala Husqvarna FIN 28
3 Matthew Phillips Sherco AUS 28
4 Steve Holcombe Beta GBR 28
5 Aleksi Jukola KTM FIN 24
6 Nathan Watson KTM GBR 21
7 Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 17
8 Giacomo Redondi Honda ITA 16
9 Christophe Charlier Husqvarna FRA 14
10 Alex Salvini Beta ITA 10
11 Christophe Nambotin Husqvarna FRA 10
12 Henri Himmanen Beta FIN 10
13 Mika Barnes KTM FIN 7
14 Deny Philippaerts Beta ITA 3
15 Juha Tirkkonen KTM FIN 2
16 Jussi Arvala Sherco FIN 2
17 Santeri Enjala KTM FIN 1

Enduro 2 Standings after 2 rounds:
1 Eero Remes TM FIN 40
2 Henric Stigell Husqvarna FIN 32
3 Josep Garcia KTM ESP 28
4 Roni Nikander KTM FIN 24
5 Pascal Rauchenecker Husqvarna AUT 23
6 Jamie McCanney Yamaha GBR 21
7 Daniel Sanders KTM AUS 20
8 Jiri Leino Beta FIN 14
9 Manuel Monni TM ITA 13
10 Lorenzo Santolino Sherco ESP 12
11 Davide Guarneri Honda ITA 10
12 Daniel McCanney Husqvarna GBR 9
13 Marcus Michelsson KTM FIN 6
14 Thomas Oldrati KTM ITA 6
15 Tommy Sjostrom Yamaha SWE 3
16 Jonathan Barragan GasGas ESP 1

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