LACAPELLE MARIVAL (France) 10 October 2021 – KTM SX-E 5, Husqvarna Motorcycles EE 5 and the GASGAS MC-E 5 machinery faced a different challenge to the fast and rutty hard-pack in Germany as LaCapelle Marival welcomed the FIM Motocross World Championship for the first time this century. The French venue was rough, twisty and demanding for the youngsters attempting European Junior e-Motocross for the third occasion this year.
Spaniard Eleu Jose was confident heading into the weekend. The Husqvarna Motorcycles EE 5 rider had celebrated overall victory at Teutschenthal (Germany) seven days earlier and was just four hundredths of a second slower than Pole Position holder and principal rival Timotei Cez; the French junior had been one of the main protagonists through the Italian sand of Mantova for the opening fixture, a race winner in Germany and again marked the pace with his KTM SX-E 5 on home soil.
Race one took place under bright sunshine and with a packed attendance and the fans flocked to the close fences to also watch and hear the hum of the electric mini motocrossers. Jose triumphed through the first seven minute and 1 lap race. He tracked Cez until the KTM racer made a mistake and dropped to 17th. Jose was then free to escape with an eleven second advantage over Jordan Cadenel and Elias Eder. In the second sprint (that started after the initial MXGP and MX2 races and therefore on a rougher terrain) Jose was again the standout. He passed both Eder and Cez to take the flag by more than three seconds. Italian Giacomo Donde was third for his first top-three classification of the year. Jose, Eder and Cadenel climbed the overall podium.
At the halfway point of 2021 ‘MXE’, Jose is the leader in the standings by 15 points from Eder and Austrian Tobias Scharinger in 3rd spot. The junior participants have clearly progressed and gained valuable education so far thanks to the ease of their race technology and the elite level spec of the world championship tracks. A double-header of races at the intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos circuit southwest of Madrid and for the Grand Prix of Spain represents the finale of the inaugural season of European Junior e-Motocross.
Round 4, Grand Prix of Spain, Arroyomolinos – October 16
Round 5, Grand Prix of Spain, Arroyomolinos – October 17