24MX Leader Plates: CAVALLO & BARBOSA Crowned A Round Early!

The 7th round of the 2018 season, which took place in Méthamis in France, was full of excitement as saw the crowning of two champions, in Junior with Matteo CAVALLO (I - Beta Boano) and in Youth 125cc with Ruy BARBOSA (CL - Husqvarna)...

Indeed, the Italian Matteo CAVALLO only needed a handful of points to leave with the World Junior crown on Saturday. The 24MX leader since Portugal didn’t relax, winning the opening day by more than 30 seconds ahead of the Brit Joe WOOTTON (Husqvarna) and his compatriot Andrea VERONA (I - TM). The Beta Boano rider succeeds his teammate and friend Brad FREEMAN (GB) to win the Junior category and will be rubbing shoulders with the starts of EnduroGP in 2019.

Cavallo

But we had another potential World Champion waiting in the wings this weekend: Ruy BARBOSA in Youth 125cc. To snatch the number 1 status the Chilean had to go for the double win in France, which he did brilliantly. The 24MX leader since Estonia, BARBOSA enters the Enduro history books becoming the first Chilean and at the same time first South American to win a title in the World Championship!

In EnduroGP, the Championship took a turn that was not expected... After an electrical problem on the second day, Alex SALVINI (I - Husqvarna) is now 30 points behind the 24MX leader, Steve HOLCOMBE (GB - Beta). Provided there are no more twists, the factory Beta rider could be crowned on the first day in Germany, but as we know - nothing is guaranteed in Enduro before crossing the finish line! Behind HOLCOMBE and SALVINI, the last step of the podium will be fought out between Brad FREEMAN (GB - Beta Boano) and Eero REMES (SF - TM).

HOLCOMBE is also close to the title in E3. He needs only 4 points more to claim his second world title in the category. But he will need to deal with Christophe NAMBOTIN (F - Gas Gas), who is determined not to make it easy!

SALVINI's electrical problems have also revived the E2 category. Still the 24MX leader, the Italian now has only 14 points on REMES who has shown much altruism on each failure of his rival. The final in Germany will be worth its weight in gold with riders such as Loïc LARRIEU (F - Yamaha), Christophe CHARLIER (F - Beta) and Thomas OLDRATI (I - Honda RedMoto) capable of interposing between the two title rivals.

Finally, Brad FREEMAN (GB - Beta Boano) did the job in E1 with a new double victory. The 24MX leader since Trentino, the smiling Brit is 28 points ahead of Jamie MCCANNEY (GB - Yamaha) and certainly looking to finish the job on Saturday in Rüdersdorf!

Holcombe

This Grand Prix of France has given us two excellent World Champions out of six! It is now time to turn to the final round which will take place on October 13 and 14 in Rüdersdorf, near Berlin (Germany) to find out the names of all the "kings" of this vintage year!

Provisional Classification:

EnduroGP : 1. Steve HOLCOMBE 208pts; 2. Alex SALVINI 178pts; 3. Brad FREEMAN 167pts; 4. Eero REMES 165pts; 5. Jamie MCCANNEY 133pts…

Enduro 1: 1; Brad FREEMAN 246pts; 2. Jamie MCCANNEY 218pts; 3. Antoine BASSET 190pts; 4. Eemil POHJOLA 131pts; 5. Manuel MONNI 103pts…

Enduro 2 : 1. Alex SALVINI 224pts ; 2. Eero REMES 210pts ; 3. Loïc LARRIEU 203pts; 4. Thomas OLDRATI 160pts; 5. Deny PHILIPPAERTS 132pts…

Enduro 3: 1. Steve HOLCOMBE 244pts; 2. Christophe NAMBOTIN 208pts; 3. Danny MCCANNEY 200pts; 4. Anthony GESLIN 158pts; 5. Romain DUMONTIER 84pts…

Junior: 1. Matteo CAVALLO 214pts; 2. Andrea VERONA 175pts; 3. Jack EDMONDSON 123pts; 4. Théo ESPINASSE 115pts; 5. Davide SORECA 107pts…

Youth 125cc: 1. Ruy BARBOSA 162pts; Hamish MAC DONALD 134pts; 3. Dan MUNDELL 122pts; 4. Roni KYTONEN 114pts; 5. Matthew VAN OEVELEN 112pts…

Barbosa