France’s Mathias BELLINO (Husqvarna) has put his name into the enduro history books as the first rider to top the results in the newly introduced EnduroGP class. Showing countryman Johnny AUBERT (Beta) and Tasmanian Matt PHILLIPS (Sherco) the way home, Bellino topped the opening day’s results by 21 seconds having delivered an impressive day-long performance.
Turning the tables on his EnduroGP rival Mathias BELLINO (Husqvarna), Tasmanian Matt PHILLIPS (Sherco) delivered the goods on day two of the GP of Agadir to claim the outright EnduroGP class win. The fast starting former Enduro 3 World Champion won the day’s opening two special tests before remaining at the head of the EnduroGP class, going on to earn his first win of the 2016 season.
“I started really well on day one, but I knew what I needed to do to improve on day two,” commented PHILLIPS at the end of a long and demanding day two. “I kept things smooth throughout day two and it worked great, I’m so pleased to give Sherco this first EnduroGP win. The tests got pretty brutal, but you just had to keep plugging away. My bike was awesome all weekend, we can carry some well earned confidence into next weekend’s GP of Portugal.” Second to PHILLIPS was day one EnduroGP class winner Mathias BELLINO. With little to separate the two riders at the mid-way point of the race, a crash from BELLINO on the final Enduro test ended his chances of battling for the win. BELLINO ended the day 15 seconds behind PHILLIPS. Third went to Eero REMES (TM). The 250f-mounted Finn enjoyed a strong day-long performance to earn his debut EnduroGP podium result. British youngster Steve HOLCOMBE (Beta) once again showed impressive speed in Agadir. Placing just seven seconds behind REMES, HOLCOMBE’s Beta team-mate Alex SALVINI finished fifth but crashed heavily on the day’s second enduro test. Losing significant time SALVINI dropped from third. Italian Gianluca MARTINI (Kawasaki) claimed a career best sixth.