Gas Gas’s Danny McCanney has finished third overall in the 2012 British Enduro Championship after taking took two podium finishes – second and third – at the the Eelmoor Enduro at the weekend.
McCanney rode two steady days of competition mindful of staying ft and healthy for the upcoming final of the Enduro World Championship this coming weekend in France where he intends to challenge for the runner-up position in the World Junior championship. Nonetheless, McCanney was able to set times close to that of rival, and BEC championship victor, David Knight and take two confident podium finishes for third overall in the championship and second (to Knight) in the E3 class.
Danny McCanney: “This weekend I just wanted to stay safe, get some time on the bike and finish off my British season. It was a shortish course and test and so test times were critical, but at the same time I didn’t want to take any risks with so much hanging on the final of the Enduro World Championship this coming weekend.
“I still had a crash on the Sunday morning but recovered to set times within four of five seconds of David so my pace looks good for the EWC.
“I was happy to get third overall for the year as well, the BEC hasn’t been my priority this year and having missed a round due to the dates clash with the EWC – and losing two rounds due to weather in the middle of the year – I’m happy to take the number 3 plate into 2013. I’d like to add a big thank you to Steve Plain for this year, we won the Under 23 title and overall top performer at the British Sprint Enduro Championship and now a top three in the BEC, all without one mechanical issue. The Gas Gas EC300 Racing has been excellent as ever.”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas UK team manager: “Danny rode a sensible weekend, there was nothing to gain and everything to lose so he rode with his head and took what was available and made sure he’s 100% able to do the job at the French GP. It’s been a spectacular year with successes in the British Sprints, in the EWC and the ISDE and now the focus is on a big push for a great end to the season next weekend.”
Danny McCanney’s next race is the final round of the 2012 Enduro World Championship in France this weekend (October 20-21).