Electraction TM UK
Electraction TM 2011 Enduro World Championship
Electraction TM ready for 2011 Enduro World Championship
With less than one week to go before the start of the 2011 Enduro World Championship season gets underway in Ponts, Spain, Electraction TM riders Josh Green (Australia) and Jordan Scott (Ireland) are among more than 50 Enduro Junior class riders eagerly awaiting the start of the new series. With more riders participating in the EJ class than any other in í11 competition will undoubtedly be fierce, but both Green and Scott are ready for the challenges ahead and looking forward to what they hope will be an enjoyable and rewarding eight-event championship. In addition the teamís most experienced EWC campaigner Gordon Clarke (Ireland) is set to compete in the Enduro 1 class where regular point scoring finishes are the former trials riders primary goal.
For Green í11 represents the young Australianís best chance of securing World Championship glory to date. Learning much during his í10 EWC campaign, despite being sidelined with injury during both the GP of Poland and GP of Slovakia Green showed that he has the pace to challenge for race wins. Standing on top of the EJ class podium at the GP of Greece with the #99 on his 250f TM this season Josh will be hoping to claim further race wins as well as challenging for class honours come the end of the 16-day series.
The í11 Enduro World Championship will be Jordan Scottís first full assault on the worldís toughest enduro series. Making his enduro debut at the final round of the í10 series, the GP of France, Scott knows all too well that he has much to learn but is nevertheless excited about furthering his international enduro career aboard his 125cc TM. Competing in the Youth Enduro class for riders under 19 years of age on 125cc machinery, Jordan knows heíll be up against tough competition from all across Europe but is determined to show his lack of experience wonít hold him back
Gordon Clarke is the teamís eldest rider, with many years of international enduro experience under his belt. Although only 20 riders are entered into the E1 class for the seasonís opening event itís a class stacked with talent with all factory team officially represented. For Clarke the goal for í11 is simple Ė try and score world championship points as often as possible aboard his 250f machine.
The opening round of the 2011 Enduro World Championship takes place on 1/2/3 of April in Ponts, Spain, before crossing the boarder into Portugal for round two on the 8/9/10 of April.
Josh Green, Enduro Junior class, #99: ďObviously I know exactly what Iím up against this year, but Iím really looking forward to it. There are some great riders in the Enduro Junior class so Iím looking forward to getting in the mix with them. Things didnít go exactly to plan last year what with me injuring myself in Poland, but I learned a lot and am a lot more confident now. Switching to a 250f is something Iím really enjoying, and something I think will help me do better in all conditions. Iím loving riding the bike. It feels like everythingís new again, which Iím excited about. Iíve not had as much time on a bike recently as Iíd have liked after I injured my shoulder in Australia, before coming to the UK. But I got two great days of racing under my belt at the third and fourth rounds of the British Sprint Enduro Championship two weeks ago. It was a great final workout for me and now Iím really looking forward to the first race in Spain. I know itís going to be a long and hard championship but Iím hoping to get it started well and then keep up the hard work and try and deliver the best results I can.Ē
Jordan Scott, Enduro Junior class, #17: ďIím really looking forward to the Enduro World Championship this season. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for when I raced in France last year and although the event was seriously difficult I loved it. I know what to expect now, which Iím hoping will make a big difference. The Enduro Junior class and the Enduro Youth class will both be extremely competitive so I know thereís no point expecting too much. But I feel like Iím really riding well at the moment so Iíll be giving all I can to get the best result possible. Iím really looking forward to getting stuck in to the Spanish and Portuguese events.Ē
Gordon Clarke, Enduro 1 class, #30: ďThereís no getting away from the fact that the Enduro 1 class is extremely competitive but Iím really enjoying riding my 250f so Iím looking forward to the start of the series. Spain and Portugal are always tough but enjoyable events, so it will be interesting to see just how things go over the next two weekends. Together with Josh and Scott this first trip of í11 into Europe is going to be great, weíre all really looking forward to it.Ē
Following the forced retirement of Philip McLaughlin and the refusal of access to the UK of Australian Josh Green, Electraction TM withdrew from BEC/Sprint Series in 2010.
Behind the scenes, the team continued to work with UK immigration and Greens Visa papers are now finally being progressed. Once these are cleared, the team will return to the series, with Jordan Scott, Gordon Clarke and Josh Green. Jordan will ride U23 on a 125, Gordon will move to E1 along with Josh on the New TM250 Fi. It is hoped Josh will be in position to ride the Mountjack but is unlikely to make the first Sprint Round.
Nick Craigie: "As a team manager this has been one of the most frustrating times I have had. Josh is a rider who can be at the top of the game and would be an addition to any championship. For him to be denied access to the UK for the last 11 months on the most trivial of grounds was disappointing and frustrating in the extreme. The added frustrations of attempting to clear the matter with UK immigration proved challenging and at times incomprehensible .Finally , it appears we will have a resolution shortly and we will take the team back to competition.
Philip will continue with the team as mentor/mechanic with Adrian Lappin providing his customary technical consultancy.
The new bikes may take us a little time to set up to individual rider preference as we will not take delivery for another 2/3 weeks but we will be looking to be competitive as we have always been ."
Electraction TM Signs New Rider Jordan Scott
Following on from the retirement of Phillip McLaughlin, Electraction TM are pleased to announce the signing of Jordan Scott to the team. The 19-year old from Newtownards, Northern Ireland is a newcomer to the sport of enduro but it is with an illustrious schoolboy trials career before reaching the top level of Irish adult motocross within the last two seasons that Electraction TM believe Scott has the ability to transfer these skills to the world of enduro.
For the 2011 season Scott will contest the Enduro World Championship (EWC) competing in the Junior Youth Cup on a TM 125EN along with the British Enduro Championship and British Enduro Sprint Championship. The EWC GP of France on September 25th/26th will mark Jordanís first competitive outing with Electraction TM.
Nick Craigie (Electraction TM): ďIím pleased to welcome Jordan to the team. I believe that he has the right ingredients necessary to develop into a top enduro rider. It will be a difficult transition for him into EWC competition, so we will take the next year as a learning curve to develop his skills into future success.Ē
Jordan Scott: ďIím very thankful to Electraction TM for giving me this opportunity. Iím under no illusion as to how difficult the EWC can be, but by competing in the GP of France it will give me a benchmark on what to prepare for next year. Iím looking forward to getting started.Ē
After over two weeks of travelling and many months of planning, Electraction TM UK have ended the opening two rounds of the Enduro World Championship (EWC) in the best possible finish. The new signing of young Australian Josh Green has paid dividends with their Junior class rider rewarding the team with a podium finish on Sunday evening. Against the might of the factory teams, the small privateer team stood tall and pushed them every step of the way.
Arriving early on Wednesday after a long drive from the opening round of the championship in Spain, Electraction TM UK set up camp early in a bid to fully prepare for another two days of challenging racing against the world's best enduro riders. With fewer special tests and only one planned service check located at the paddock, the GP of Portugal would prove to be logistically easier. The extra time would allow the team's outriders to spend more time working with their riders during the race by inspecting the changing conditions of each special test as the weekend progressed.
Unfortunately the team's E1 rider Phillip McLaughlin was still suffering from side effects of his previous weekend's crash and was forced to withdraw midway through Day 1. Immediately helping out, McLaughlin's extra advise proved an asset to the team, keeping Josh focused on putting in fast and consistent test times. Battling hard for a podium on Saturday, Green came up short when a small crash on the Extreme cost him valuable time. Re-walking the Extreme Test Saturday night and doing exactly what was asked of him by the team, Green excelled everyone's expectations putting his TM EN 300 on the third step of the Junior World Championship podium.
Nick Craigie "I'm more than pleased with how the event has panned out. Initially our goal with Josh was to finish inside the top ten, but after his result in Spain we were hoping for maybe top five. So to finish on the podium in third so soon is fantastic, especially considering the racing is extremely competitive and close this season. He's learning fast and using all the advise and guidance offered to him by the team.
Being such a small team we're limited in our resources but the everyone gave maximum effort ensuring Josh only had to focus on racing. Unfortunately Phil is still hurt after Spain and had to retire but immediately began helping Josh focus on getting a good result. Overall it's been a hard fought two rounds but for a small team like us, it's fantastic to be standing on the podium."
Team Electraction TM UK's Enduro World Championship (EWC) participation resumed at the opening round of the 2010 series in southern Spain on April 10th and 11th. Combined with the new signing of 19-year old Australian Josh Green (Junior) and the return of Northern Ireland's Phillip McLaughlin (E1), the internals of the privateer team also saw a restructure. Spearheaded by long time enthusiast Nick Craigie, the team has also ensured the services of a full time truck driver and assistant outrider (Niki Adair) along with dedicated voluntary help (Chris Lappin and Gillian Kinsella) for service checks and daily upkeep. Needless to say expectations were high for the small privateer squad as they prepared to do battle against the might of factory supported teams in Valverde del Camino.
Arriving early Wednesday enabled the riders to fully inspect the course and take in some last minute testing. Breezing through Friday's technical inspection, no major hiccups were reported with both the TM EN 250 FI and the TM EN 300, aside from a last minute mirror fitment to comply with local Spanish authority. A final inspection of the Friday night time prologue rewarded the team with some astonishing results when both riders scorched through the floodlit special test in front of legions of local spectators to record first fastest time in Junior and fourth fastest time in E1. However the real test of attrition would come with the EWC starting in earnest the following morning. An early starting time resulted in an early wake up call with Lappin opting to man the out-fuel check while Kinsella controlled the service check at the paddock. Both Craigie and Adair would act as out riders for Green and McLaughlin respectively. Due to the nature of the course and special test locations it would also mean a challenging weekends riding for the outriders as they covered approximately 270km of dusty rocky forest tracks each.
Running inside the top seven on Saturday, Green's day came to a premature end with a broken front wheel after over jumping the infield tabletop jump on the Super Test. Even though less than a lap was left in the day he was forced to retire on grounds of safety. With the situation rectified for Day 2, Green rode home to a highly respectable 8th in his dťbut World Championship appearance under the guidance of Nick Craigie. McLaughlin dropped outside the top ten to 16th on Day 1 after a faulty battery worked loose in Enduro test. The problem rose it's ugly head again on Sunday causing his TM it cut out at high speed, crashing out of the event. Under further inspection it also revealed that a rock damaged the exhaust system, pushing it up against the starter motor short-circuiting the engine. Thankfully McLaughlin was able to walk away relatively unscathed and focus his efforts on round two of the EWC in Fafe, Portugal on April 17th and 18th.
Nick Craigie (Team Manager)
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