PELA RENET CROWNED E2 WORLD CHAMPION
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES’ PELA RENET CROWNED THE 2014 ENDURO 2 WORLD CHAMPION AT THE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE SEASON IN ITALY
There was plenty of reason for celebration within the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing team at the sixth and penultimate round of the FIM Enduro World Championship in Lumezzane, Italy where Pela Renet secured the 2014 Enduro 2 title.
Entering the race with a 34-point championship advantage, Renet was confident he could deliver the goods in Italy. Simply needing to twice place in front of his closest rival Johnny Aubert, the Husqvarna rider set about doing exactly that. Ending Day One in second the Frenchman put himself in a prime position to wrap up the championship on Day Two.
With torrential rain ensuring difficult conditions it was a nervous time for all. Battling the elements, the pressure was lifted when Aubert exited the race early in the day. Pushing on, Renet put in a smart and calculated performance on his FE 450 to place third and with it clinch the Enduro 2 title.
Adding to the occasion, there was further reason for Husqvarna to celebrate when Thomas Oldrati secured his first podium result of the season in the Enduro 1 category. Just missing out on a top three result on Day One, the Italian got the job done on Day Two to take third overall in front of his home crowd.
For Loic Larrieu the weekend was up and down. Picking up a time penalty on Day One, Larrieu missed out a potential runner-up result in the Enduro Junior category and finished fourth. Making amends for his loss, the Husqvarna rider rode hard in the muddy conditions to take third on day two.
Unable to repeat his winning results from Sweden, Albin Elowson placed fourth and fifth in the 125 Youth Cup.
The FIM Enduro World Championship concludes with the final round of the series in France on September 13/14.
Pela Renet: “It’s a fantastic feeling to win the E2 title. I knew the championship was possible this weekend and really wanted to get it done before France. For some reason I wasn’t riding too good. Maybe I was thinking about the title. Coming into Day Two I knew I just needed to beat Johnny Aubert to win it. Unfortunately he stopped after the first special test and that let the pressure off me a bit. But in a way it was harder because the day felt so long waiting and waiting. Finishing the final special test was a massive relief. After missing out on the championship last year it’s great to get it back. But it’s been a huge team effort from all the guys at Husqvarna – I can’t thank them enough for their support.”