Mixed Weekend for Yamaha Racing at EWC

Team Miglio Yamaha’s lead rider Cristobal Guerrero approached the GP of Greece with high hopes of returning to the Enduro 1 class podium but frustratingly struggled with crashes and mistakes during both days of competition. On day one the Spaniard pushed hard to put himself in contention for a possible podium result, but spent the day unable to settle into a comfortable rhythm. Making matters worse he was also given a 30 second penalty after a mistake on the extreme test put him the wrong side of track markers. All-in-all it was a day to forget for the experienced EWC campaigner.

Day two proved to be much more productive for Guerrero. Finding his feeling with the Greek terrain the WR250F rider produced notable improvements on both the motocross and extreme tests, while also performing well on the enduro test. Knowing that pushing too hard could easily result in mistakes that could effect his results, Cristobal rounded out the day just five seconds from the fourth position.

Competing in Greece for the first time ever Gianluca Martini finished the fourth GP of the season in 10th on both days. Finding it extremely difficult to master the long and technical enduro test, the highlight of Gianluca’s race was a second fastest E1 class time on the motocross test.

Round four had its highs and lows for Yamaha France supported rider Marc Bourgeois. The GP started on a highly positive note for Bourgeois as he set the fastest time in Enduro 1 during Friday’s Super Test. The Frenchman kept his momentum through Saturday’s day one, fighting for a possible win. Ending the day as runner-up, Bourgeois enjoyed the unfamiliar experience of sharing the runner-up spot on the podium with countryman Christophe Nambotin. Both finishing the day with exactly the same overall time both riders were credited with second position.

Able to ride at his full potential, despite still feeling the effects of tendonitis in his left wrist, Marc started day two with high expectations. A mistake took away his chances of another positive result. Unlucky to get stuck in one of the enduro test’s deep river crossings he lost a significant amount of time and finally ended day two in ninth place.

The FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship next heads to in Rovetta, Italy on June 19/21.