Gas Gas’s Danny McCanney battled with the pain of sore (possibly cracked) ribs to place second and third in the two days of the Helmsley Enduro, the second round of the 2012 British Enduro Championship, this weekend. The results keep him third overall in the BEC championship, second in the E3 class.
McCanney was in great form despite the injury he picked up a week earlier at the Sprint Enduro in Wales, and was beaten only by three-time world champion David Knight on day one, while also being edged by E2 British Champion Tom Sagar, into third, on day two. Conditions on the North Yorkshire moors were bitter all weekend, with rain, snow showers and temperatures always close to freezing. The course was unrelentingly tough, an excellent measure for the country’s best riders.
Danny McCanney: “That was a tough two days. The course was a real challenge, very slippery everywhere, with never ending roots, some tricky off cambers – very technical – and it was a long tightly timed lap. You really had to be on top of your game the whole time.
“It was also tough in the conditions to attack the test, the best way to a fast time was to ride with pace and stay smooth. In all, it was everything that my EC300 Racing is good at, the 300cc two-stroke is ideal in these conditions. The tougher it is the better my bike gets!
“I’m very happy with my results. David is a tough man to beat any day and this was a good course for Tom as well, so I was really pleased to beat him on day one.”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas UK team manager: “Danny’s not one to complain, but it was easy to see he was riding with some pain this weekend. In the circumstances he put in an excellent effort, as he always does, he’s certainly established himself as one of the top-three enduro riders in the country. A good pair of results and so a strong position in the championship. Our bike, as ever, ran faultlessly.”
Also racing: Andrew Edwards placed 8-6 in Championship E2 on his EC250 Racing, Jack Lee placed an excellent 2-2 in Expert E3 on his John Lee Motorcycles Gas Gas EC300.
Danny McCanney’s next race is round three of the 2012 Enduro World Championship in Spain on May 5-6.