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The Long-Awaited Final!
Just two weeks after the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, which was thrilling and challenging in equal measure, it is already time for the grand finale of the 2019 season; that takes place for the first time in three years in France. With 4 titles and 2 World Cups still yet to be awarded, this 7th and last event of a fantastic 2019 season is already a hot prospect...
A Premier for Moto Club Livradois
The Moto Club and the French fans can’t wait to see the return of the best riders in the world to their country, and they will witness the awarding of the EGP, E2, E3, Youth, J2, and Woman titles. Undoubtedly, it will be an unforgettable weekend!
FREEMAN With One Hand on the Title? HOLCOMBE Fighting Back to the
Danny MCCANNEY (GB - TM), who has already secured his place in the Top 3 of
the standings, will be keen to end the season on a high and battle it out with
the two riders ahead of him.
The battle for the E2 title will be just as intense as that for the EnduroGP crown. Indeed, only two points separate the leader, Alex SALVINI, from French-fan-favourite Loïc LARRIEU. With 40 points still on the table, this class should offer great spectacle to the spectators, many of whom would love to see the factory TM rider take his first World Enduro title. While others will be cheering on the charismatic and aggressive SALVINI, who was so unlucky last year. There’s another Frenchman waiting to get in the mix, Christophe CHARLIER, who at 19 points behind SALVINI holds on to a slim title hope. Meanwhile, Benjamin HERRERA (CL - Beta) and Eero REMES (SF - Yamaha) will seek to secure their places in the Top 5 against riders such as Antoine BASSET (F - Husqvarna) and Joe WOOTTON (GB - Husqvarna) who are full of confidence.
While the tension will be less in the E3 class, nothing is decided yet…
Finally in E1, where the title was taken by FREEMAN in the Czech Republic, there’s still a battle on for ‘Vice-Champion’ (Runner-Up) between old-stager Thomas OLDRATI (I - Honda) and class rookie Matteo CAVALLO (I - Sherco). Only 5 points separate the two Italians.
Champion on Saturday?
In J1, where VERONA has already claimed the title, the battle for the day victories will likely be exciting between ESPINASSE, MAGAIN and KYTÖNEN. In J2, after the injury suffered by Jack EDMONDSON in Uhrliske Janovice, Enric FRANCISCO needs just a handful of points to be crowned Champion.
In Youth 125cc, Hamish MACDONALD (NZ - Sherco) needs just 9 more points to win the title and go down in history as the first New Zealander to be Enduro World Champion!. But no doubt that Matteo PAVONI (I - Beta Boano) and Claudio SPANU (I - Husqvarna) will fight hard to topple the Kiwi, taking advantage of any problems.
Finally, this Acerbis Grand Prix of France will also host the only round of the Women’s Cup this season, where there will be no fewer than 21 riders ready to fight for the crown. Finland’s Sanna KARKKAINEN (KTM) may well be the favourite to retain her 2018 title, but many rides are ready to take the crown such as Jane DANIELS (GB - Husqvarna) - who suffered terrible luck in last year’s finale, Jessica GARDINER (AUS - Yamaha), Juliette BERREZ (F - Yamaha), Audrey ROSSAT (F - Husqvarna), Mireia BADIA (E - Husqvarna), Maribel GIORDANI (ARG - Beta) and member of the famous Nitro Circus crew and winner of several X-Games events, Tarah GIEGER (USA - Honda).
Good luck to British riders Steve Holcombe. Brad Freeman, Joe Wootton, Danny McCanney, Josh Gotts, Alex Walton, Dan Mundell, Jack Edmondson? Jed Etchells, Henry Yardley, Harry Edmondson, Nieve Holmes, Rosie Rowett, Jane Daniels, Max Ditchfield, Jack Cadwallader, Cole Cookland, Charlie Chater, Alfski Webb, Martin Yardley, Fraser Flockhart and Jack Ditchfield.
This French GP, the last act of a breathtaking 2019 season, will be unmissable. After the riders have battled, struggled, and celebrated for the last 8 months, this final where many titles are still to be decided will see Enduro at its best...
See you this weekend in Ambert!