Danny McCanney realised his full potential this weekend, taking a sensational win and a runner-up at the Finnish GP, the seventh round of the 2012 Enduro World Championship. As well as recording his first world championship victory McCanney also dramatically closed the gap on rival Jonathan Manzi for the Enduro Junior vice world champion position. McCanney now trails the Italian by just nine points with one round remaining.
McCanney’s win came on day two after overnight rain transformed the technical forest course into a treacherous one – conditions the Manxman revelled in. The win is Gas Gas’s first since Ivan Cervantes’s E2 success at the Argentinian GP earlier this year.
Danny McCanney: “That was just perfect. It helped that we’d come to Finland last year for the ISDE as that gave me the experience in Finnish forest riding – which is nothing like we ride in the UK. With the overnight rain day two was slippery everywhere – slippery in the fields for the cross test, and slippery over the rocks and stones in the forest for the enduro test. We were fighting the whole day to find grip, fighting just to stay upright. My Gas Gas EC300 Racing is always brilliant in those conditions, so I was able take full advantage and really push on, so the win came, not exactly easy, but to plan. I’m chuffed!”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas UK team manager: “You can’t do any better than a win, this is fantastic. Danny grows in confidence and capability with every ride, today he rode to a plan and it worked; with a steady start then a string of fast times right through the second half of the day he really made that win happen. In fact Danny was fastest in six individual tests over the two days – brilliant.
“He couldn’t have come on strong at a better time as Manzi struggled to master the conditions, so we’ve the prospect of a real showdown at the final round in France in October. Nine points is quite a gap but if Danny can come up with results similar to this weekend then second in the championship is just within reach.”
McCanney’s next major event is the 2012 International Six Day Enduro in Germany (September 24-29) where he rides for Great Britain in the Junior team.
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