Danny McCanney finished his 2012 Enduro World Championship season with a podium finish at the French GP in Provence at the weekend. McCanney placed an excellent second on Saturday but unfortunately crashed during Sunday’s competition, sustaining an injury to his right arm forcing him to abandon. McCanney had been challenging for the runner-up position in the Enduro Junior world standings, but the crash meant a still-excellent third place in his debut season.
McCanney was spectacular on the Saturday; knowing he had to twice beat rival Jonathan Manzi for a chance of the vice-champion position, McCanney not only beat the Italian but finished within 26-seconds of the world champion, Matthias Bellino. On the Sunday McCanney was unlucky to clip a tree in the enduro test, sending him crashing onto rocks. McCanney finished the test and rode to the next time check but knew with numbness in his throttle hand he would have to retire.
Danny McCanney: “I am a little gutted to have DNF’d the very last day of my official season. I’d maintained a 100% finish rate right up to that last day, but I can’t be too disappointed, we’ve had a brilliant season with so many wins and podiums.
“It’s been a great first year as an official factory Gas Gas rider and with the EC300 Racing being so competitive and so reliable it’s meant I’ve learnt the most from the year. I’ve been able to come to terms with the world championship courses and fight for podiums at every round.
“I’m really looking forward to next season as I’l have a realistic chance for the world title. So I’ll be busy this winter testing and developing the bikes with Gas Gas. I’ll probably stay with the EC300 Racing, but I’m keen to try the new four-strokes as well, so we’ll see what I’ll ride in 2013!”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas UK team manager: “Danny was at his best on Saturday, setting some fastest times along the way. The crash on Sunday was unfortunate, but no lasting damage.
“We’ve been so happy with the bike again this weekend. These were the toughest of rocky conditions, a real test of a bike’s power delivery and suspension set-up but Danny had maximum confidence in his bike so he could really attack the course. I’m very happy to say his EC300 Racing has remained 100% reliable all season. A thank you too, to the Gas Gas factory team for such excellent support this year. We’re really looking forward to 2013!”