Putting the finishing touches to what has been an impressive 2016 Enduro World Championship campaign, Loic Larrieu has secured two more Enduro 2 class podium results for the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team during his home GP of France.
Faced with dry, warm and dusty conditions during the racing weekend in Cahors, both Larrieu and his teammate Cristobal Guerrero continued to show the potential of their WR450F machines in demanding conditions.
Racing in front of his home crowd, Larrieu started the GP with the second best time during the opening Super Test. Knowing that he had the speed to battle for the top he delivered a great fight throughout day one that saw him top the Enduro 2 class standings on two out of nine tests. He eventually finished a very close third. With the first three riders in Enduro 2 also battling for the overall EnduroGP podium, Larrieu was seven seconds behind a provisional first outright victory.
Stepping things up on day two, the WR450F mounted rider found himself involved in a fierce battle for the top in both the Enduro 2 and the overall EnduroGP classes. With the fight going down to the wire, he concluded the day as runner-up in both classes, less than eight seconds again behind eventual winner Taylor Robert.
Following what's been one of the most successful GPs of his whole season, Larrieu wrapped up his debut season aboard the revolutionary new WR450F with an impressive third position in the Enduro 2 championship standings.
For Larrieu's teammate Cristobal Guerrero the season finale in France proved to be a challenging one. Carrying a serious knee injury he picked up at the GP of Italy the Spaniard took the bold decision to contest the event trying to make it to the Enduro 2 podium.
Completing the first two laps of day one Cristobal felt intense pain and decided not to continue the race. Despite not scoring any points in France, he wrapped up the season sixth in the Enduro 2 championship standings.
Loic Larrieu - Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team
3rd Day 1 / 2nd Day 2
"It was a great GP for us. We struggled a bit with the heat and the dust, but everything went pretty well at the end. It's always good racing in front of your home fans. I spent most of day one battling for the overall win. Eventually, I came home third overall and less than eight seconds behind the winner. Then on day two I pushed more and managed to finish second overall and second in Enduro 2. It's good that we finished the season that way, fighting for the overall win. It means we have a pretty solid base and a great bike to battle for the top in the future. We've learned a lot this season and improved in many aspects. I'm really looking forward to the coming season."
Cristobal Guerrero - Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro 2 Team
DNF Day 1 / DNS Day 2
"It was a tough GP for us and one I was not 100% ready to take on. Just before the end of the previous round in Italy I injured my knee. Since then I did my best to recover but the truth is I never felt 100% again. I did my best this weekend, but unfortunately the pain was unbearable and I had to stop on day one. It was not the finish for the championship that I wanted but this doesn't mean I'm not happy with the progress we did this year. Despite not scoring any points during this GP, I still managed to finish sixth in the championship. It was our first season with new WR450F and we proved it is a highly competitive machine. I'm going to take some time to get well and then continue working hard for the coming season."