Danny McCanney enjoyed more success at rounds seven and eight of the 2012 British Sprint Enduro Championship at Adstone, Northants at the weekend. After a podium finish on day one, McCanney topped the Under 23 class on day two, placing second overall behind EWC works rider Alex Salvini. McCanney consequently extended his lead in the Under 23 championship.
Conditions were testing, recent rains making the course, a mix of woods and fields, claggy – leading to problems for the clubmen riders early on day one. The course was subsequently altered, removing a man-made extreme section. On day two the course had dried and the extreme section was reinstated, making for close racing.
Danny McCanney: “I’m happy for the win and I’m happy to inch a bit further ahead in the championship, but I feel I’ve a little bit of work to do. Saturday was a disaster for me, on the second run everything went wrong and I crashed over and over, losing me about 30-seconds – too many to recover a win. Fortunately the rest of my runs were fast enough to salvage third. On day two I got the win, but I’d left it to the last run to make it stick, I don’t need to make it that close – although obviously it’s great for the spectators!
“I’m off to Spain now for some suspension tests with the factory. But I’ll be looking to practice extreme sections more over the coming weeks. Just as I said after the recent EWC rounds, that’s where I can make some substantial gains.”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas UK team manager: “Like Danny I’m happy with the results. Also like Danny I can see there’s so much more to come. As he said, he’ll cut a lot of time when he gets the extreme riding sorted, but it’ll also help him to be up to full-race speed earlier. It’s still early in his career, though, all these things will come.
“His Gas Gas EC300 Racing was again perfect and we took the time to experiment with settings, trying different mousses, tyres and suspension settings. There’s more to come from the bike as well. It’s good to keep building on the successes.”
Also racing: Jack Lee placed 4-5 in the Experts on his John Lee Motorcycles Gas Gas EC300.
McCanney’s next race is the final of the 2012 British Sprint Enduro Championship at Canada Heights, Kent (June 16-17).