Frenchman and Miranda Racing Team’s master racer, Karim Amour, finished second in round six of the Enduro World Series (EWS), which took place this past weekend in Whistler, Canada. In the elite category, Portuguese racer, José Borges, finished the race in 19th place, while Alex Cure dislocated his shoulder, which prevented him from finishing.
With this result, Amour, who’s also the mentor of Miranda & Irmão's international enduro team, has solidified his lead in the masters’ category in this world famous series.
The Whistler CamelBak Canadian Enduro Open, round six of the EWS, once again lived up to its namesake of "Crankzilla" by luring "racers to battle for a long and 'monstrous' day in terms of difficulties," explained Amour.
“Nighttime rain had no effect on the course conditions — not even for the better,” Amour commented. “But the fight came down to the dusty trenches, gaping holes and loose rocks during five special stages — culminating with the toughest of them all: a 20-minute climb called ‘Top of the World’ up to the village of Whistler, where it ended."
The Miranda Racing Team master racer also remarked that the total race time was over 40 minutes.
"I had a solid and smooth race however, I was not fast enough to get first place in Whistler. Even though I finished second, I know I still lead the 2018 EWS. But I’d like to be faster in the next two races, in Spain and then in Italy, both in September, in order to close out strong in the EWS," said Amour.
"The weekend didn’t go very well," said José Borges, who finished in the top 20 in the elite category in Whistler. "Despite feeling very good physically during practice, I had another mechanical problem in the race, which made it impossible for me to fight for the best results. Even so, I managed to finish in nineteenth in this sixth round of the EWS. It’s not the result I wanted, but at least I scored some points for the final ranking," explained the Portuguese athlete, who is currently 18th in the overall standings.
The one who’s sustained an unlucky streak is elite racer, Alex Cure, who again wasn’t able to complete this round of the EWS — this time by virtue of an injury. In Special Two — a more critical and aggressive zone, the rider dislocated his shoulder and was forced to abandon the race.
On September 22 and 23 the Miranda Racing Team returns to the EWS competition to compete in the seventh round, which returns to Europe where the race will be held in Ainsa - Sobrarbe, Spain.
It’s a two-day event that starts once again from the twelfth century castle in the heart of this small village before heading out to the surrounding mountains and then onto the dusty trails of the Pyrenean foothills. Spain’s Zona Zero is a destination that’s already part of the series’ history, when it was a stop on the race calendar in 2015. Owing to its tremendous success, it’s back three years later.
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