Bradley Freeman

2018 FIM E1 Enduro World Champion

Born on 5 July 1996 in Rugeley, Great Britain

FREEMAN TAKES FLIGHT

Brad Freeman (Beta Boano) sensationally claimed the FIM E1 Enduro World Championship in his first season at senior level, at the end of an incredible year that also him finish runner-up in the elite EnduroGP category. The British youngster, who won the FIM Junior Enduro World Championship title in 2017, made the step up in 2018 with little to prove and everything to learn – or so it seemed.

However, it took the 22-year-old just three rounds to take his first E1 victory in Portugal, overcoming early championship rival Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) on a memorable second day in Castelo Branco. Prior to that McCanney had taken four victories from five days of competition, with Eemil Pohjola (Gas Gas) taking the other on home turf at the opening round in Finland.

Once Freeman broke his duck, though, there was no looking back and his first E1 success was immediately followed at the next round in Estonia by a maiden overall EnduroGP victory that established him as a threat to Steve Holcombe (Beta) in the elite category.

An E1 double in Tallin was then added to with further doubles in Trentino, Edolo and Methamis, setting up a title shot at the final round in Rüdersdorf. Freeman took his chance with both hands in Germany, sealing a tenth straight victory on the opening day to leave McCanney with no response.

Signing off with another win on day two, Freeman ensured that he’d amassed more World Championship points in 2018 than any other rider, whilst second place for McCanney on both days secured the runner-up position for the Brit. Two fourth places for Antoine Basset (Gas Gas) sealed third overall for the Frenchman.

PALMARES
2 World titles – 2017 (Junior) 2018 (E1)

2017 FIM Junior Enduro World Champion

FREEMAN TAKES JUNIOR CROWN

Brad Freeman (Beta) emerged victorious from one of the closest title battles in the Enduro discipline in 2017 as he claimed the FIM Junior Enduro World Championship by just four points from Davide Soreca (Honda). The British youngster missed the first round of the series in Helsinki, where Italy's Soreca finished second to local Finnish wildcard Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna), but came roaring back to score maximum points at round two in Spain.

After that Soreca was only able to topple Freeman from the top of the podium on one further occasion, on day one of his home round in Spoleto, Italy, whilst Swedish pair Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) and Mikael Persson (Yamaha) also took a day win apiece, as Freeman dominated the remainder of the season and closed to within four points of the championship summit going into the final round in Zschopau, Germany.

With Soreca only managing third on the first day behind Elowson and the victorious Freeman, the battle went down to the very last special tests. However, just when it looked like Freeman had done enough to win, having opened up a healthy lead with just one lap remaining, a rear brake issue during the final enduro and extreme tests saw Soreca close to within five seconds with just the final motocross test remaining. Under extreme pressure, Freeman responded with the second outright fastest time, topping the special test, the day and with it the championship.

PALMARES
World title – 2017

 

Eero Remes

2018 FIM E2 Enduro World Champion

Born on 15 July 1985 in Järvenpää, Finland

EERO-IC REMES IS CHAMP AGAIN

Eero Remes (TM) claimed the 2018 FIM E2 Enduro World Championship in a dramatic final round in Germany that saw a 22-point swing between the Finn and Alex Salvini (Husqvarna), as the Italian lost his grip on the title he won back in 2013.

Remes is himself a double former FIM E1 Enduro World Champion from 2015 and 2016 and he added the E2 gold medal to his collection after a season-long battle with his Italian rival that saw the pair dominate the top step of the podium right up until a fateful final day in Rüdersdorf.

The Finn opened his account with a double win on in Tallin, to which Salvini responded with consecutive doubles in Spain and Portugal. The pair then shared the wins in Estonia and Italy, either side of a single-day success for Salvini in Trentino, and then again in France, with Salvini’s superior podium consistency giving him a fourteen-point cushion going to the final round.

However, a season that wielded eight wins in E1 and six in EnduroGP would end in heartbreak for ‘Salvo’, who finished a solid third on the opening day to all but secure the title, only for a branch to tangle with his bike and break a cable on day two. It meant that Remes, winner on the opening day, was able to coast home in second place behind Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) to take his third title, with the Frenchman moving up to the runner-up spot overall.

PALMARES

1 E2 World title: 2018

2 E1 World titles - 2015, 2016

2016 FIM E1 Enduro World Champion

Born on 15 July 1985 in Järvenpää, Finland

EERO THE HERO ONCE AGAIN

Eero Remes (TM) successfully defended the FIM E1 Enduro World Championship he won for the first time last season, overcoming a strong challenge from Nathan Watson (KTM) in the final round of the season atCahors, France. British youngster Watson took the fight to the champion from the first round of his rookie season, the 21-year-old having only switched from MXGP at the end of 2015, maintaining an unbroken podium run for the first twelve races, which culminated with a first win in Sweden followed by a double success in Euskadi.

However, Remes' strong start proved crucial, the flying Finn taking victory in each of the nine races up to Watson's debut success and then scoring another double in the penultimate round in Italy to set-up his title shot. Watson did all he could with another double of his own at the decisive final round in France, but a second and a third were enough for the 31-year-old Remes to seal his second consecutive title by nine points. In the absence of his brother Jamie, who missed the bulk of the season after injuring his foot, 2014 FIM Junior Enduro World Champion Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) continued his rise through the ranks, picking up six podium finishes, including three seconds, on his way to third overall.

PALMARES

2 E1 World titles - 2015, 2016