Portuguese national enduro champ, José Borges, marked a top 10 finish this past weekend in the fifth round of the 2018 Enduro World Series, which took place this weekend in La Thuile, Italy. In the masters category, Karim Amour sustained his string of podium finishes so far with a second place. Fellow Miranda Racing team members, elite racer, Alex Cure, and France's Mélanie Pugin suffered crashes and mishaps that prevented them from finishing the race.
Following his race, a pleased José Borges remarked that "I've been gunning for this result for some time. I was able to track my progress during the race; I maintained consistency throughout the weekend, always racing in the top ten."
After an unlucky start in the first stage due to a mechanical problem, Borges kept his focus and managed to score a result that he considered "excellent."
"At the moment I am in 15th place overall in the series, but I am aiming to break into the top 10, "said the Miranda Racing Team rider, who races in the elite category.
Meanwhile in masters racing, Karim Amour, who emphasized the racecourse's level of difficulty, and the long special sections, which made mechanical problems a likely occurrence, congratulated Borges for his first top 10 this year.
"He's made a comeback to competition; he turned in strong and fast results in all the special sections." According to the master racer, who also holds the role of team leader, José Borges will soon be in the top five "with no problem." Although Amour considers 15th overall in the Men's Elite category "an excellent result."
Mélanie Pugin on her way to a good result before crashing
Mélanie Pugin's run ended after yesterday's second stage with a crash that injured her left knee.
"The whole team wants to recover well in order to be ready for the next round in Spain," Amour said. "Mélanie is very close to getting great results; every member of the the Miranda Racing Team has confidence in her abilities and knows that she'll get them."
Bad luck fell upon Alex Cure during this round of the 2018 EWS. Early in the first stage he broke his chain and lost it. He made the stage transition by walking and running "more than 10 km, which demonstrated his warrior spirit" reported Amour. But as a result, he missed the start of the next stage "by only 2 minutes, which would add up to a 5-minute penalty in the end." Thus elite racer Alex Cure once again lost all hope of a good result in this fifth round.
Karim Amour scores 2nd place in Round 5 of the EWS but holds the masters category lead
"After winning the World Champion Downhill title in Andorra, I finished second in La Thuile yesterday, which keeps me in the lead of the masters category," he said.
The Miranda Racing Team will return to the EWS competition September 22nd-23rd, for the seventh round in Ainsa - Sobrarbe, Spain. The team will not race the sixth round in Canada in August.
It should be noted that Spain's Zona Zero Sobrarbe was already a huge success when the series visited this area in 2015. This two-day race will once again start from the 12th-century castle in the heart of this small village before heading out into the surrounding mountains and onto the dusty trails in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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