Gas Gasʼs Danny McCanney travelled to the Mediterranean
fishing port of Vinaròs on the west coast of Spain at the weekend
to race the first round of the Spanish Enduro Championship.
Riding a factory supplied Gas Gas EC300 Racing McCanney
again excelled, beating several full-factory riders to take third
place in the E3 category (13th overall).
The relatively short course included special tests over deep sand
on a beach and through mixed land that McCanney could best describe
as an abandoned building site!
Danny McCanney: “This was excellent pre-season training for me. The
EWC uses terrain thatʼs quite different to that we ride in the UK so I need
to familiarise myself with that – and this was ideal. I ride deep sand in the
Isle of Man quite a lot so I had no issues in the sand test and could set
fast times quite easily. But the hard pack, loose stones and scrubby stuff
is all new and takes a lot of getting used to. They set-out their courses
very different as well, they can be a lot tighter, where we like flowing
courses in the UK, so I need to practice the sharp turns and short sharp
“Again Iʼm very happy with my EC300 Racing, itʼs been competitive
right up to the top of the British scene and I was so happy here in
Spain, with me still being a Junior rider, it allowed me to mix it with the
fully-fledged factory riders. To be on the podium here in this company –
Steve Plain, team manager: “An important weekend this one for Danny.
Probably his debut in the EWC in France last year suited him, it was like
English enduro, only drier, whereas coming here is taking him further from
his comfort zone and giving him practice on terrain he rarely sees.
“Weʼre just days away from the EWC season getting underway in
South America but the preparation weʼve been doing over the winter,
riding extreme enduros and frequent visits to Spain to test, and now
race here, should pay off. Danny is well prepared and thatʼll give him
an assured, calm head to deal with the pressure thatʼs to come.”
Danny McCanneyʼs next event is the third and fourth rounds of the
British Sprint Enduro Championship in Monmouth this weekend.