Unexpectedly wet and muddy conditions at round three of enduro world series

For the second consecutive round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders were forced to battle against wet, muddy and incredibly slippery conditions as heavy rain ensured yet another demanding EnduroGP event.

Hoping to make a return to the top of the Enduro 2 class in Greece, Mathias Bellino endured two frustrating days of competition in Grevena. With his performances on both days punctuated with mistakes and a number of big crashes, the Frenchman was unable to finish higher than fifth on day one and eighth on day two.


For both Danny McCanney and Pascal Rauchenecker the GP of Greece also proved to be a tough one. Looking to challenge for a place on the Enduro 1 class podium on day one, Danny saw his hopes of a top three result end following a costly mistake on the motocross test. Day two saw a notable improvement in the Manxman’s pace, ending the day fifth. Seventh on day one having also been caught out by the challenging conditions on several occasions Rauchenecker improved to sixth on day two. McCanney and Rauchenecker now sit fifth and sixth respectively in the Enduro 1 championship standings.

In the Enduro Junior class Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Spanish youngster Josep Garcia battled his way to sixth at the end of the first day. One of many riders to get caught out by a challenging uphill on the motocross test on day one, Josep put his costly mistake behind him on day two to improve to the runner-up spot. Garcia currently sits third in the Enduro Junior championship standings, just eight points behind the runner-up spot.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will next head to Finland for round four of the 2016 Enduro World Championship on June 11-12.

Mathias Bellino: “After my bad day in Portugal I really wanted to try and win here in Greece. Normally, it is dry and I was really motivated to push for the win. Despite the rain and the mud I felt good on my bike. But I simply made too many mistakes throughout the weekend. I had two or three big crashes on the first day and then another big crash straight away on the first motocross test on day two. It’s like that I guess some times. It’s been one of my worse weekends, and I lost some important championship points. But when I didn’t make mistakes my speed was good. I’ll be back strong for the next two GPs in Finland and Sweden.


Danny McCanney: “It’s been a difficult weekend. I’ve been feeling good training at home and I felt ready to fight for a spot on the podium but things just didn’t work out for me. I made a steady start to the first day, which is normal for me, but as I started to get things moving I made probably the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in an enduro. I got stuck on one hill four times and lost a lot of time. That was my day done really. I crashed again on the second day but kept pushing. I just couldn’t find my rhythm.

Pascal Rauchenecker: “I felt like I started pretty well on Saturday. I was third early on and fighting for the podium. Like Danny I got stuck on one of the hills on the motocross test and lost a lot of time. It was a difficult day but finally I finished seventh. I didn’t make a great start on day two, I wasn’t really settled in my riding. But again I pushed as hard as I could and despite getting stuck on the enduro test once I finished sixth.

Josep Garcia: “It’s been a tough two days for me, but I’m pleased with second on day two. I struggled a little on day one. I’m learning all the time how to be faster in the mud but I made some mistakes on day one that cost me a lot of time. I should have been on the podium but I crashed on the final motocross test. Day two was better. I lost some time in the extreme test but to finish as runner-up is very good in these conditions.


Results – 2016 FIM Enduro World Championship, Round 3

Day 1


1. Eero Remes (TM) 1:01:38.28; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 1:01:52.22; 3. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 1:01:53.69; 4. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:01:59.05; 5. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 1:02:00.78… 9. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 1:03:22.77… 19 Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) 1:04:59.59… 23. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 1:06:28.18; 24. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 1:06:44.67… 29. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 1:10:08.11

Enduro 1

1. Eero Remes (TM) 1:01:38.28; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 1:01:52.22; 3. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 1:04:29.26; 4. Gianluca Martini (Kawasaki) 1:04:47.94; 5. Rudy Moroni (KTM) 1:06:08.84; 6. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 1:06:28.18; 7. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 1:06:44.67… 10. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 1:10:08.11

Enduro 2

1. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 1:01:53.69; 2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 1:02:38.13; 3. Taylor Robert (KTM) 1:02:43.59; 4. Alex Salvini (Beta) 1:02:45.45; 5. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 1:03:22.77

Enduro Junior

1. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 1:04:09.27; 2. Davide Soreca (Honda) 1:04:49.01; 3. Diogo Ventura (Gas Gas) 1:05:31.54; 4. Henric Stigell (TM) 1:05:40.01; 5. Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) 1:05:56.57; 6. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 1:06:03.63… 12. Jordi Quer Molgo (Husqvarna) 1:11:07.96

Day 2


1. Eero Remes (TM) 57:04.97; 2. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 57:12.08; 3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 57:18.89; 4. Taylor Robert (KTM) 57:20.46; 5. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 57:32.82… 15. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 59:23.83… 19. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 59:47.27… 22. Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) 1:00:10.42… 25. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 1:01:13.68… 28. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 1:01:53.81

Enduro 1

1. Eero Remes (TM) 57:04.97; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 57:53.43; 3. Gianluca Martini (Kawasaki) 58:34.31; 4. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 58:59.85; 5. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 59:23.83; 6. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 1:01:13.68… 9. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 1:01:53.81

Enduro 2

1. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 57:18.89; 2. Taylor Robert (KTM) 57:20.46; 3. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 57:32.82; 4. Alex Salvini (Beta) 58:55.50; 5. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 59:17.94… 8. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 59:47.27

Enduro Junior

1. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 58:35.17; 2. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 59:26.14; 3. Davide Soreca (Honda) 59:53.19; 4. Diogo Ventura (Gas Gas) 59:55.62; 5. Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) 1:00:13.97… 18. Jordi Quer Molgo (Husqvarna) 1:09:01.40

Championship Standings (After Round Three)


1. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 92pts; 2. Eero Remes (TM) 88pts; 3. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 81pts; 4. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 68pts; 5. Taylor Robert (KTM) 62pts… 17. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 5pts

Enduro 1

1. Eero Remes (TM) 120pts; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 96pts; 3. Gianluca Martini (Kawasaki) 79pts; 4. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 62pts; 5. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 61pts… 9. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 39pts

Enduro 2

1. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 109pts; 2. Taylor Robert (KTM) 90pts; 3. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 84pts; 4. Alex Salvini (Beta) 84pts; 5. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 84pts

Enduro Junior

1. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 120pts; 2. Diogo Ventura (Gas Gas) 84pts; 3. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 76pts; 4. Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) 70pts; 5. Kirian Mirabet (Sherco) 60pts… 18. Jordi Quer Molgo (Husqvarna) 6pts… 20. Max Vial (Husqvarna) 5pts