After over two weeks of travelling and many months of planning, Electraction TM UK have ended the opening two rounds of the Enduro World Championship (EWC) in the best possible finish. The new signing of young Australian Josh Green has paid dividends with their Junior class rider rewarding the team with a podium finish on Sunday evening. Against the might of the factory teams, the small privateer team stood tall and pushed them every step of the way.
Arriving early on Wednesday after a long drive from the opening round of the championship in Spain, Electraction TM UK set up camp early in a bid to fully prepare for another two days of challenging racing against the world’s best enduro riders. With fewer special tests and only one planned service check located at the paddock, the GP of Portugal would prove to be logistically easier. The extra time would allow the team’s outriders to spend more time working with their riders during the race by inspecting the changing conditions of each special test as the weekend progressed.
Unfortunately the team’s E1 rider Phillip McLaughlin was still suffering from side effects of his previous weekend’s crash and was forced to withdraw midway through Day 1. Immediately helping out, McLaughlin’s extra advise proved an asset to the team, keeping Josh focused on putting in fast and consistent test times. Battling hard for a podium on Saturday, Green came up short when a small crash on the Extreme cost him valuable time. Re-walking the Extreme Test Saturday night and doing exactly what was asked of him by the team, Green excelled everyone’s expectations putting his TM EN 300 on the third step of the Junior World Championship podium.
“I’m more than pleased with how the event has panned out. Initially our goal with Josh was to finish inside the top ten, but after his result in Spain we were hoping for maybe top five. So to finish on the podium in third so soon is fantastic, especially considering the racing is extremely competitive and close this season. He’s learning fast and using all the advise and guidance offered to him by the team. Being such a small team we’re limited in our resources but the everyone gave maximum effort ensuring Josh only had to focus on racing. Unfortunately Phil is still hurt after Spain and had to retire but immediately began helping Josh focus on getting a good result. Overall it’s been a hard fought two rounds but for a small team like us, it’s fantastic to be standing on the podium.”