Gas Gas UK’s Danny McCanney has claimed another excellent third place finish in an extreme enduro, this time at the first round of the British Extreme Enduro Championship at Tong, near Bradford in Yorkshire.
McCanney, riding his 2013 Gas Gas EC 300 Racing, was able to beat many of the UK’s top extreme riders, despite this again being a training exercise for his Enduro World Championship season. The conditions in the grounds of Tong Hall were suitably extreme, with the rapid thaw after recent snow putting all the streams in full spate, while the clay and root banks that typify the grounds proved treacherous. McCanney nonetheless found he could deal with the challenges well, finishing the two-hour race feeling fresh and fit.
Gas Gas UK team-mate and trials ace Alexz Wigg at last had a good run in an extreme event, fully demonstrating his potential in placing 4th, eight minutes behind McCanney. Jack Lee, who’s getting back to fitness after recent injuries, finished 12th. Juan Knight, former British Enduro Champion long since retired from regular competition, made a one-off outing to claim 13th place – this despite riding with a knee injury after a collision on the first lap.
Danny McCanney: “I don’t even feel tired after that, I didn’t struggle one bit physically. It was still a tough race as I lost the back brake not long after the start. I was going down the hills with the front brake only, which was fine until the last half hour by which time I’d worn the front brake pads out. So then I rode with no brakes at all! I could have gone a lot better I think, but I couldn’t push, things like the double-jump near the start I couldn’t do because I wouldn’t get stopped after.
“With all this experience riding extreme I now feel very confident on the new EC 300, it feels so good – all the hard work is helping. If there’s a wet EWC all this experience is going to help a lot.”