Victory For Guillaume & Bourgeois At WEC GP Of Poland - Dirt Rider Magazine

CH Racing Husqvarna riders Seb Guillaume and Marc Bourgeois ensured that Husqvarna's participation in the fourth round of the '08 World Enduro Championship was a success with Guillaume topping the Enduro 3 class and Bouregois the Enduro Junior class on day one. With one month of dry weather before the event resulting in the GP of Poland being extremely dusty both riders produced their best results of the season so far. For Guillaume the event marked a return to two-stroke machinery having opted to revert back to a bike similar to that he used during his '08 WEC campaign.Switching to his preferred two-stroke machinery Guillaume claimed his first winning result of '08 at the GP of Poland as he topped the Enduro 3 class ahead of Finn Samuli Aro and Australian Stefan Merriman on day one. Expecting his Finnish E3 class rivals to dominate the two days of competition due to conditions in Poland being extremely sandy, Seb certainly wasn't expecting to make a welcomed return to the top of a WEC podium. But after more than one-hour of special test action and having completed 11 special tests, three of which he won, that's exactly what the Frenchman did finishing just under 10 seconds ahead of Aro. Again riding well on day two Guillaume narrowly missed out on a second visit to the podium as he placed fourth and less than four seconds behind third placed Aro. With Finn Marko Tarkkala topping the class, and with Frenchman Christophe Nambotin finishing second, Seb found the second day difficult yet still managed to secure a great result.In the Enduro 2 class Spaniard Aaron Bernandez secured the CH Racing Husqvarna team's best result on day one with a well-deserved sixth. Aaron's highest WEC placing to date, the former motocross rider performed well on all three of the event's special tests. Disappointingly for the team Antoine Meo was forced to retire from day one with a mechanical problem. On day two the two Husqvarna's two E2 class riders suffered reversed fortunes as Bernandez failed to finish the day while Meo again showed that he is a fast learner when it comes to the WEC and narrowly missed a podium result. Hampered by the fact that he only got to ride each of the three different special tests once on day one, Meo put in two impressive laps early on day two and was headed towards another top three finish. But on the final lap the Frenchman crashed, which resulted in him dropping to fourth and missing the podium by less than two seconds. Despite his lack of experience Antoine again showed great speed in Poland.In the Enduro Junior class WR125 mounted Bourgeois claimed two podium visits taking victory on day one and backing it up with a runner-up result on day two. With competition close at the top of the Enduro Junior class Marc rode well on both days, overcoming an early crash on day one. On day two Marc again performed well throughout the day but wasn't quite able to keep Italian Thomas Oldrati off the top spot.Husqvarna's Enduro 1 class rider Bartosz Oblucki failed to finish day one due to a mechanical problem nearing the end of the day and took no further part in the event.Seb Guillaume: "It's been a really good weekend for me, although I did get tired on day two. The team and I took the decision to revert back to a two-stroke, and it seems to have been the right decision. I've ridden two strokes for 20 years - I guess I just find it easier racing a two-stroke. "I can't really explain why I was faster than Samuli and the other riders on day one because when I walked the special tests before the race I was sure that it would suit the Finnish riders better. I felt good during the first day and didn't make too many mistakes. I was a little surprised to be leading but it's good to win again, not just for myself but also for the team. "Day two wasn't bad, but it wasn't really good either. Generally I'm not one of the faster riders in sandy conditions but this weekend things worked out really well. I hope I can continue to get good results for the rest of the championship now."Antoine Meo: "It's been a really nice enduro. The forest was interesting to ride and the special tests with the sand were really good fun to ride. It was disappointing that I had some mechanical problems on day one and wasn't able to finish but day two was really good. It was hard on day two because the other riders knew the tests better than I did, but I really enjoyed it. I should have finished on the podium, I missed it by two seconds, but I crashed on the final test."

Marc Bourgeois: "Although I crashed on the first extreme test on day one the day went really well. After that I didn't make any mistakes at all really and I liked the special tests. It was a difficult day, but I enjoyed it. "Day two wasn't quite as good, although I finished on the podium again. I rode well again but Thomas Oldrati was too fast. First and second is a good result, but I wanted to win on day two like I did on day one."2008 World Enduro Championship
Maxxis Grand Prix of Poland - Day 1****Enduro 2 class

1. Juha Salminen (KTM) 1:19:25.50; 2. Jonny Aubert (Yamaha) 1:20:27.33; 3. Alessandro Belometti 1:22:59.11; 4. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1:22:59.71; 5. Simon Kirssi (BMW) 1:23:11.36; 6. Aaron Bernandez (CH Racing Husqvarna) 1:23:38.52; 7. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 1:24:02.11; 8. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1:24:10.10; 9. Fabrizio Dini (Yamaha) 1:24:34.65; 10. Hans Vogel (KTM) 1:25:00.88; 11. Nicolas Paganon (Aprilia) 1:25:00.95; 12 Alessandro Zanni (Honda) 1:25:17.54; 13. Fabio Mossini (Honda) 1:25:21.10; 14. Rudy Cotton (Beta) 1:27:25.24; 15. Daniel Persson (Husaberg) 1:27:49.59; 16. Amel Advokaat (KTM) 1:28:27.38; 17. Filipe Zanol (Yamaha) 1:28:47.75; 18. Peter Kralik (KTM) 1:30:41.10; 19. Nicolas Joye (Husaberg) 1:32:15.26; 20. Sebastien Adielsson (Beta) 1:32:55.50Enduro 3 class
1. Sebastien Guillaume (CH Racing Husqvarna) 1:21:49.59; 2. Samuli Aro (KTM) 1:21:58.82; 3. Stefan Merriman (Aprilia) 1:22:05.01; 4. Marko Tarkkala (KTM) 1:22:31.88; 5. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 1:22:36.80; 6. Marcus Kehr (KTM) 1:23:33.98; 7. Alessandro Botturi (Honda) 1:24:52.71; 8. Xavier Galindo (KTM) 1:25:31.15; 9. Bjorne Carlsson (Husaberg) 1:26:13.67; 10 Antoine Letellier (Aprilia) 1:26:44.57; 11. Stefan Svitko (KTM) 1:26:48.85; 12. Jordi Figueras (KTM) 1:27:00.43; 13. Anders Ericsson (BMW) 1:27:04.76; 14. Vita Kuklik (KTM) 1:27:27.25; 15. Euan McConnell (TM) 1:28:37.83; 16. Erwin Plekkenpol (Honda) 1:29:11.34; 17.Alessio Paoli (BETA) 1:29:34.46; 18. Andre Decker (Husqvarna) 1:33:44.48; 19. Gordon Clarke (TM) 1:34:38.38Enduro Junior class
1. Marc Bourgeois (CH Racing Husqvarna) 1:24:09.32; 2. Roni Nikander (KTM) 1:24:21.19; 3. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 1:24:31.44; 4. Oriol Mena (KTM) 1:25:25.79; 5. Mirko Gritti (Beta) 1:26:19.93; 6. Jeremy Joly (Sherco) 1:27:24.54; 7. Robert Kvarnstrom (TM) 1:28:06.85; 8. Edward Hubner (KTM) 1:28:15.97; 9. Lucas Puerta (Yamaha) 1:28:16.66; 10. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna 1:28:48.20; 11. Armand Monleon (Yamaha) 1:29:38.29; 12. Bert Mayer (BMW) 1:29:48.27; 13. Lauri Salonen (Honda) 1:29:50.10; 14. Martin Kuklik (KTM) 1:30:02.63; 15. David Gannac (Suzuki) 1:30:24.96; 16. Edoardo D'Ambrosio (TM) 1:30:53.29; 17. Jonas Karlsson (KTM) 1:31:26.00; 18. Marcin Frycz (KTM) 1:31:27.59; 19. Carl Sjoo (KTM) 1:31:29.55; 20. Carl Svensson (KTM)2008 World Enduro Championship
Maxxis Grand Prix of Poland - Day 2****Enduro 2 class

1. Juha Salminen (KTM) 1:05:52; 2. Jonny Aubert (Yamaha) 1:06:34.48; 3. Simo Kirssi (BMW) 1:08:35.88; 4. Antoine Meo (CH Racing Husqvarna) 1:08:37.67; 5. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 1:08:51.13; 6. Alessandro Zanni (Honda) 1:09:21.57; 7. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1:09:31.02; 8. Fabio Mossini (Honda) 1:09:42.03; 9. Fabrizio Dini (Yamaha) 1:09:47.31; 10. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1:09:52.47; 11. Nicolas Deparrois (Gas Gas) 1:10:41.13; 12. Hans Vogel (Yamaha) 1:10:55.98; 13. Nicolas Paganon (Aprilia) 1:11:45.50; 14. Filipe Zanol (Yamaha) 1:12:20.48; 15. Daniel Persson (Husaberg) 1:12:25.51; 16. Andrea Belotti (KTM) 1:13:51.96; 17. Amel Advokaat (KTM) 1:14:01.95; 18. Rudy Cotton (Beta) 1:14:21.26; 19. Peter Kraklik (KTM) 1:14:40.22; 20. Mario Patrao (Suzuki) 1:15:21.53

Enduro 3 class
1. Marko Tarkkala (KTM) 1:07:18.68; 2. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 1:07:26.30; 3. Samuli Aro (KTM) 1:08:20.66; 4. Sebastian Guillaume (CH Racing Husqvarna) 1:08:24.27; 5. Marcus Kehr (KTM) 1:08:32.80; 6. Alessandro Botturi (Honda) 1:09:43.07; 7. Anders Eriksson (BMW) 1:10:58.83; 8. Bjorne Carlsson (Husaberg) 1:11:01.35; 9. Jordi Figueras (KTM) 1:12:00.48; 10. Stefan Svitko (KTM) 1:12:20.41; 11. Erwin Plekkenpol (Honda) 1:12:41.57; 12. Vita Kuklik (KTM) 1:12:41.67; 13. Euan McConnell (TM) 1:12:57.76; 14. Gordon Clarke (TM) 1:21:27.28Enduro Junior class
1. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 1:09:19.36; 2. Marc Bourgeois (CH Racing Husqvarna) 1:09:49.15; 3. Oriol Mena (KTM) 1:10:47.78; 4. Oscar Baletti (Honda) 1:11:24.54; 5. Roni Nikander (KTM) 1:11:36.21; 6. Robert Kapajcik (KTM) 1:11:55.39; 7. Robert Kvarnstrom (TM) 1:12:01.71; 8. Mirko Gritti (Honda) 1:12:20.96; 9. Jeremy Joly (Sherco) 1:12:49.19; 10. Bert Mayer (BMW) 1:13:21.76; 11. Simon Wakely (Husqvarna) 1:13:37.40; 12. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 1:13:43.60; 13. Armand Monleon (Yamaha) 1:13:44.62; 14. Seabastien Bozzo (Husqvarna) 1:14:00.07; 15. Edward Hubner (KTM) 1:14:08.28; 16. Adrien Metge (Husqvarna) 1:14:38.24; 17. Victor Karlsson (Honda) 1:14:41.63; 18. David Gannac (Suzuki) 1:14:58.27; 19. Philip McLaughlin (TM) 1:15:00.44; 20. Jonas Karlsson (KTM) 1:15:33.22