EWS#8: François Bailly-Maître very close to the podium4. October 2015, Finale Ligure, Italy — Enduro Team
The eighth and final round of the Enduro World Series took place this weekend in Finale Ligure, Italy. It was the last chance for the best Enduro riders to step onto the podium and finish the season on a high.
François Bailly-Maître started really well on Saturday with a third place in the first stage of the day which created big gaps and proved very important for the rest of the day. In fact, despite a 15th and a 7th places in the following stages, François ended the day in third position behind last year Enduro World Series’ winner Jared Graves and Enduro legend Jerôme Clementz.
The heavy rain of the night put a smile on François’ face and gave him some legitimate hopes. A podium wasn’t far from reach. The French rider decided to race with Continental Baron; mud tires for the best possible grip for the two stages of the day.
But enduro racing is getting closer and closer. Gaps are smaller every weekend and every little mistake can have a huge influence on the weekend results. That’s exactly what François experienced in the first stage of the day when he hit a tree, fell off his BMC Trailfox and lost some precious time (9 seconds on stage winner Nicolas Vouilloz). Despite an excellent fourth place in the last stage, the BMC Factory Trailcrew rider didn’t make up enough time to step on the final podium. He ended up fifth, disappointed with the missed opportunity. “I really had a chance to do a top-three here, or to take the win even. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to avoid the crash and lost way too much time there. I tried to focus again and race smooth in the last stage but it wasn’t enough,” he explained.
In the overall classification, François Bailly-Maître finishes 11th of the 2015 season despite a 76th place in Scotland where he broke his scapula.
Florian Golay was also racing in Italy this weekend and managed his best EWS result of the season with a 33th place.
Results, Finale Ligure:
- Jared Graves
- Fabien Barel +1:49
- Nicolas Vouilloz +1:56
- Jérôme Clementz +2 :24
- François Bailly-Maître +9 :79
Check the full results here.
Photo: Jérémie Reuiller, www.reuiller.com