It was under the burning sun and on the dusty trails of the Lo Barnechea, Chile that the 2018 Enduro World Series kicked off this past weekend. Unior/Devinci Factory Racing riders, Damien Oton and Keegan Wright were in full form and confidence to start the season on a high note.
This race was a real beast in itself. Stage 2 was 11km long and was the longest stage in EWS history. Divided in 2 race days with 3 stages per day, this round featured long, brutal, rocky and technical stages that would take a beat on the riders and also the bikes. We are happy to tell you that we went through the whole week without any major mechanical issues. The bikes worked flawlessly in those very harsh conditions that were probably the toughest tests they will endure this season.
Race Day 1:
Damien woke up no so fresh and feeling sick due to food poisoning. Not able to eat anything before the race, he packed 2 sandwiches and went to battle. A slow start of the day saw him finishing the day in 38th but a solid 3rd place in stage 3 was an indicator that Damien was feeling better as the day went by. Keegan Wright, the young newcomer on the team this year impressed on Day 1 with a good 23rd place on the monster stage 2. He wrapped up day 1 in 30th.
Race Day 2:
It was another Day for Damien. Feeling 100% he was ready to give it all. He started the day in 8th on stage 4 and had few crashes on stage 5 to finish this one in 25th. Stage 6 was long and physical and very pedally. The kind of stages that Damien really likes. He wrapped up his day with a 4th place on the final stage and concluded his weekend with an impressive comeback to finish in 11th. Keegan had few mistakes over his second day of racing. He managed to score a 17th position on stage 4 and ended up 26th overall. He wasn’t really happy about his result knowing he can do better.
Damien Oton: 11th
Keegan Wright: 26th
Enduro World Series #2 in Manizales, Colombia is on schedule for upcoming weekend!
Photos by Sven Martin // @svenmartinphoto