As with round one in Rotorua, challenging conditions made for exciting racing with unpredictable results throughout the men’s category. Greg Callaghan seemed destined for the win, leading after stage six, but a crash would see Adrien Dailly come out on top – his second race as a senior, and his first win since moving up from the U21 category. A big push for Sam Hill later on would earn him the win in stages five and seven, clinching third place in the process.
Adrien was “very happy, but also very surprised to take the win. I’ve won as an U21 before but this is my first win in the men’s category and it means a lot”.
Isabeau Courdurier took lead right from the beginning, taking the win in the first three stages. Stages four and five saw Commencal rider Cecile Ravanel taking the win, but it wasn’t enough to match the Isabeau’s pace as she took her first Enduro World Series win. Cecile had to settle for second, with a well deserved third place from Ines Thoma.
Isabeau wasn’t feeling great leading up to the big day, but said she felt good come racing. With intentions of riding calm and safe, it was a somewhat unexpected win for the young French rider. “I’m not used to riding in the wet but I just kept calm and chose some nice lines and it worked. i have no words for today – It cannot be better than this”.