Podium Results from Bellino, McCanney & Garcia at GP of Italy

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Riders Battle Through Challenging Penultimate EnduroGP Event

July 17, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders Mathias Bellino, Danny McCanney and Josep Garcia claimed Enduro 2, Enduro 1 and Enduro Junior class podium results at the GP of Italy, enjoying a positive end to the penultimate round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship series.

Mathias Bellino - Podium - 2016 Enduro World Championship Round 7 Italy-1-1

For Mathias Bellino the GP of Italy was largely a case of close but not quite close enough. Placing third in Enduro 2 on day one but missing the overall EnduroGP podium by less than half a second, on day two the Frenchman missed the Enduro 2 class win by less than two seconds. Despite his relative disappointment Mathias rode well throughout the event with his day one performances in the slippery conditions a marked improvement over those in similar conditions at earlier rounds of the series. With just one round of the series remaining Mathias sits second in the Enduro 2 and fourth in the EnduroGP championship standings.

Like many riders Danny McCanney saw a crash filled opening enduro test have a very definite impact on his day one result. Losing significant time as a result of his spills the Manxman made a number of further mistakes to eventually place 10th. Starting day two in a much more positive way Danny remained mistake free throughout the day. Winning the extreme test on the second lap and remaining consistent he finished a strong third.

Pascal Rauchenecker endured two very different days in Italy. Dropping off a single-track trail while riding through a steep woodland section of the course, he was unable to return to the marked track and was forced to retire. On day two he set some impressive times on both the motocross and extreme tests to finish fourth behind teammate McCanney.

Josep Garcia - Podium - 2016 Enduro World Championship Round 7 Italy-1

For Enduro Junior class rider Josep Garcia the Italian GP was a positive one. Despite starting day one with a crash in the opening enduro test and losing more than 30 seconds, the Spaniard fought back to end the day less than six seconds from the runner-up position. Pleased with his third place result, on day two he secured a well-deserved second place result.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action in France for the final round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship on September 10-11.

Mathias Bellino - 2016 Enduro World Championship Round 7 Italy

Mathias Bellino: “I can say that it has been a frustrating weekend for me. I made some small mistakes but I didn’t crash, which was good on the first day because the conditions were incredibly slippery in the morning. I missed the overall podium by less than one second, so that was frustrating. And then on day two I was less than two seconds from the top of the Enduro 2 podium. It’s hard not to think about the small mistakes and what the results might have been. I felt like I was riding ok, which is positive. I hope to end the championship in this way.”

Danny McCanney - 2016 Enduro World Championship Round 7 Italy

Danny McCanney: “Three crashes in the opening enduro test got my weekend off to the worst possible start. I lost so much time in that first test that I knew it would be rally hard to come back. Then I was too cautious in the enduro test on the second lap and it showed in my times. In general the day wasn’t good at all. But day two was much better – I started better and managed to keep pushing without mistakes all day. I felt a lot better and really enjoyed it. Even with a crash on the second enduro test my times were still good, so I’m really happy to finish on the podium in third.”

Josep Garcia - 2016 Enduro World Championship Round 7 Italy

Josep Garcia: “I’m quite pleased with the way the Italian GP has gone for me. The first day started with a small crash in the enduro test, I lost a lot of time. I pushed very hard after that to finish the day third and only a few seconds from second. I found the enduro test really difficult – I tried many things but it was hard to get a good rhythm. Because of that I needed to push hard in the extreme and the motocross tests. The drier conditions were good for me, so it was a positive end to the GP for me.”

Results – 2016 FIM Enduro World Championship, Round 7

Day 1

1. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 55:36.66; 2. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 55:41.26; 3. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 56:10.84; 4. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 56:10.96; 5. Eero Remes (TM) 56:18.76… 12. Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) 57:57.66… 22. Mirko Gritti (Husqvarna) 59:13.28… 28. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 59:34.30… 31. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 59:52.61

Enduro 1
1. Eero Remes (TM) 56:18.76; 2. Oscar Baletti (Honda) 57:56.41; 3. Alessandro Battig (Honda) 58:38.83; 4. Mikael Persson (Yamaha) 58:54.02; 5. Nathan Watson (KTM) 58:56.41… 10. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 59:34.30; 11. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 59:52.61

Enduro 2
1. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 55:36.66; 2. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 55:41.26; 3. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 56:10.96; 4. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 56:58.20; 5. Taylor Robert (KTM) 56:59.22

Enduro Junior
1. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 56:37.47; 2. Davide Soreca (Honda) 57:51.53; 3. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 57:57.27; 4. Matteo Cavallo (Beta) 58:31.66; 5. Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) 58:47.34… 7. Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) 59:18.61… 15. Nicolo Bruschi (Husqvarna) 1:01:51.55… 18. Tosha Scareina (Husqvarna) 1:06:20.53… 20. Priit Biene (Husqvarna) 1:06:55.28; 21. Alberto Rizzini (Husqvarna) 1:07:27.01

Day 2

EnduroGP 1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:05:23.69; 2. Eero Remes (TM) 1:05:44.12; 3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 1:06:00.10; 4. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 1:06:01.59; 5. Alex Salvini (Beta) 1:06:15.28… 11. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 1:06:48.92… 14. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 1:07:49.00… 16. Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) 1:07:50.23… 23. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 1:08:15.35… 27. Mirko Gritti (Husqvarna) 1:08:18.87

Enduro 1
1. Eero Remes (TM) 1:05:44.12; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 1:06:17.38; 3. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 1:06:48.92; 4. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 1:07:49.00; 5. Alessandro Battig (Honda) 1:08:00.22… 8. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 1:08:15.35

Enduro 2
1. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 1:06:00.10; 2. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 1:06:01.59; 3. Alex Salvini (Beta) 1:06:15.28; 4. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 1:06:34.87; 5. Taylor Robert (KTM) 1:06:52.28

Enduro Junior
1. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 1:06:22.24; 2. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 1:07:46.72; 3. Davide Soreca (Honda) 1:08:09.66; 4. Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) 1:08:16.23; 5. Matteo Cavallo (Beta) 1:09:25.81… 8. Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) 1:10:06.82… 15. Nicolo Bruschi (Husqvarna) 1:12:22.80; 16. Tosha Schareina (Husqvarna) 1:12:24.59… 22. Priit Biene (Husqvarna) 1:16:10.45… 25. Alberto Rizzini (Husqvarna) 1:26:25.08

Championship Standings (After Round Seven)

1. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 198pts; 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 183pts; 3. Eero Remes (TM) 181pts; 4. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 172pts; 5. Nathan Watson (KTM) 151pts… 15. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 29pts… 18. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 18pts… 22. Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) 4pts

Enduro 1
1. Eero Remes (TM) 252pts; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 235pts; 3. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 166pts; 4. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 140pts; 5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 130pts… 13. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 51pts… 23. Kalle Svensson (Husqvarna) 5pts

Enduro 2
1. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 234pts; 2. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 216pts; 3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 198pts; 4. Taylor Robert (KTM) 188pts; 5. Alex Salvini (Beta) 176pts… 22. Robert Forsell (Husqvarna) 4pts

Enduro Junior
1. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 280pts; 2. Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) 194pts; 3. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 155pts; 4. Henric Stigell (TM) 147pts; 5. Diogo Ventura (Gas Gas) 144pts… 9. Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna) 73pts… 19. Tosha Schareina (Husqvarna) 16pts… 27. Mika Tamminen (Husqvarna) 7pts… 29. Max Vial (Husqvarna) 6pts; 30. Jordi Quer Molgo (Husqvarna) 6pts… 32. Nicolo Bruschi (Husqvarna) 2pts