Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) claims top honours at round six of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship at Westwood, near Sheffield,
There was plenty of celebration in the Husaberg camp at round six of the BSEC series as Jamie McCanney led home a field of world-class enduro talent to claim the Elite class win at round six of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship.
With the series moving north to the new venue of Westwood, McCanney instantly gelled with the forestry based special test. Finding the conditions exactly to his liking, the young Manxman took an early lead by setting the fastest time in the opening special test. Gaining confidence with each passing lap he excelled on the technically demanding course and topped six of the day’s eight timed runs to secure the win.
With McCanney easing away to victory, the battle for the final podium positions was a fierce one. Frenchman Fabien Planet (Sherco) – enjoying his first outing in the BSEC – maintained second position at the midway point in the day. But as the laps wound down things tightened up between the Frenchman and a hard charging Danny McCanney (Gas Gas).
Off the pace on the opening two laps, McCanney forced his way through the Elite class. Winning the penultimate test he moved to within two seconds of Planet. Delivering a flawless performance in the final test, McCanney snatched the runner-up result away from the Sherco rider, pushing Planet back to third position.
Setting a fast pace during the first half of the day KTM’s Tom Sagar looked capable of challenging for a top three finish. Unable to match the pace of the leaders during the final few laps, Sagar slipped back to fourth. Struggling to gel with the course, championship leader Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) endured a difficult day. Crashing numerous times, the Finnish rider ruled himself out of contention for the win and ended his day fifth.
Making his first appearance in the 2013 BSEC season Hard Enduro rider Jonny Walker acquitted himself well. Enjoying the test, the KTM rider finished close behind Seistola in sixth.
Jamie McCanney (Husaberg – 1st Elite): “With so many top riders here this weekend it feels great to come away with the win. I knew it would be important to start fast and that’s what I managed to do. I won the first six tests and was able to control the race throughout the day. I loved the course – I think it’s been the best round of the series so far.”
Danny McCanney (Gas Gas – 2nd Elite): “I just started too slow and cautious and found it hard to get a good rhythm going. Then as I got a few laps under my belt I began to improve. Towards the end of the day I closed up on Planet and began to feel like second place was possible. On the final two laps I gave it everything I had and just managed to beat him by a couple of seconds. Despite making things hard for myself it’s been a good day – I really enjoyed the race.”
Fabien Planet (Sherco – 3rd Elite): “I’ve really enjoyed myself. It’s my first time doing a race like this and I thought the format was great. The course was a lot of fun to ride. It was a real enduro test with many different line choices and lots of technical parts. Jamie was so fast today that his pace surprised me a little. I just wasn’t able to catch him. I really wanted to finish second but I made a couple of mistakes and that allowed Danny to pass me. Overall I’m happy to finish on the podium – it’s been a lot of fun.”
Elite Class Results
1. Jamie McCanney (Husaberg) 50:30.36; 2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 50:52.62; 3. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 50:55.63; 4. Tom Sagar (KTM) 51:32.01; 5. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 52:05.40; 6. Jonny Walker (KTM) 52:19.52; 7. Mark Roberts (KTM) 53:05.91; 8. Tom Church (Husaberg) 53:08.29; 9. Jamie Lewis (Honda) 53:30.50; 10. Ollie Moyce (Husqvarna) 54:22.76; 11. Lee Edmondson (Beta) 55:07.57; 12. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 55:18.60; 13. Matt Ridgway (KTM) 55:39.19; 14. Kevin Murray (KTM) 56:27.82; 15. Aaron Poolman (Husaberg) 57:02.02…