KTM’S JOSEP GARCIA WINS THIRD ENDUROGP TITLE


7 hours in the past | Phrases: Andy Wigan | Pictures: Future7Media

Eventually weekend’s last spherical of the 2023 FIM EnduroGP world Championship, Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing’s Josep Garcia wrapped up the Enduro1 world title. That makes a complete of three world titles for the lightning-fast Spaniard; this new title complementing his Enduro2 victories from 2017 and 2021, respectively.

Garcia clinched the E1 title after a dominant efficiency on Saturday – when he took each the E1 and EnduroGP class (Outright) victories – however wasn’t about to relaxation on his laurels throughout Sunday’s racing. Exhibiting his class within the dry, dusty Portuguese terrain, Garcia topped seven of the day’s 12 checks and in the end took the win by over 18 seconds. And with that fourth consecutive EnduroGP win aboard his KTM 250EXC-F, Garcia elevated himself to second place within the Total EnduroGP standings, simply 12 factors behind Beta’s Steve Holcombe.

However Garcia’s 2023 season wasn’t with out its challenges. A crash at Sweden’s Spherical 4 resulted in him posting a DNF. And with Spherical 5 coming simply weeks later, the 26-year-old was removed from 100% match, however battled by way of to complete each days. Taking the lengthy summer time break to recuperate and construct his power, Garcia got here again combating, and subsequently received the ultimate 4 days of racing.

Josep Garcia now seems to be forward to the 2023 Worldwide Six Days Enduro (ISDE), the place he hopes to assert his third consecutive particular person victory on the iconic occasion. The 2023 ISDE will likely be held in Argentina from November 6-11.

Josep Garcia: “I couldn’t have requested for a greater finish to my season. Successful 4 days in a row, and likewise being the rider with probably the most victories through the 12 months, with six, makes it further particular. I simply want we had just a few extra races this 12 months to earn extra factors! No, I’m completely happy to have taken the Enduro1 title and to complete the season in second place within the EnduroGP class. In fact, it could have been nicer to complete one step greater on the rostrum, however contemplating the robust 12 months I’ve had, I’m tremendous completely happy. Thanks once more to all my workforce. I’ll relaxation just a little bit at times give attention to the Six Days in Argentina.”

2023 ENDUROGP CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (FINAL)

ENDURO1

1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM – 249 factors

2. Theophile Espinasse (FRA), Beta – 203 factors

3. Jamie McCanney (GBR), Husqvarna – 200 factors

4. Zachary Pichon (FRA), Sherco – 197 factors

5. Matteo Pavoni (ITA), TM Racing – 154 factors

ENDUROGP

1. Steve Holcombe (GBR), Beta – 222 factors

2. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM – 210 factors

3. Andrea Verona (ITA), GASGAS – 209 factors

4. Brad Freeman (GBR), Beta – 169 factors

5. Hamish MacDonald (NZL), Sherco – 143 factors