Gas Gasʼs Danny McCanney found himself battling the elements as much
as fellow competitors again this weekend as wintry conditions
attacked the first round of the 2012 ACU Doodson British Enduro
Championship in Wales. Regardless McCanney fought hard to
finish an impressive third place outright on both days of the Abbey
Enduro, beaten only by three-time World champion David Knight
and British E2 Champion Tom Sagar.
Rain, low temperatures and high winds on day one followed by
snow, ice and low temperatures on day two made for especially
uncomfortable riding and slick, grip-less special tests. In the conditions,
McCanney again elected to ride his stock practice bike, saving his race
bike for better conditions. All the same McCanney served warning on the
BEC paddock by racing to within three-seconds of Knight on the opening
test. Always in the running both days, McCanney narrowly missed out on
the runner-up on day two when he crashed on the last test, gifting the
place to Sagar by a mere three seconds.
Danny McCanney: “That was a tough weekendʼs racing. It was a good
event, well run and the course was good, but the weather was very
harsh. Iʼm pleased with my two rides, everything went well, the only
thing Iʼd change was the stupid crash in the last test of the weekend.
“Iʼve come away third overall, second E3 and Iʼm leading the Under
23s. For a season start – and bearing in mind just how tough it was out
there – Iʼm pretty happy with that. Thereʼs a long season ahead.”
Steve Plain, team manager: “This was a very tough weekend for the
team. You need to have done your homework with lots of preparation to
keep a rider comfortable in these conditions, with plenty of spare dry kit –
and knowing that the bike is well waterproofed, too, so both rider and bike
make the finish.
“Weʼre happy that again the stock Gas Gas EC300 Racing was well
up to the job, never missing a beat and giving Danny plenty of
opportunity to level with world-class riders like David and Tom.”
Congratulations also to Andrew Edwards, who as a privateer entrant
rode to 10th place in the Championship E2 class each day riding a
stock 2012 Gas Gas EC250 Racing.
Danny McCanneyʼs next event will be rounds three and four of the
British Sprint Enduro Championship on March 10-11 at Llangrove in