2019 FIM Youth Enduro World Champion
Born on 28 March 1999 in Christchurch, New Zealand
HOT SHOT HAMISH
New Zealand’s Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) followed in the footsteps of last year’s FIM Youth Enduro World Champion Ruy Barbosa (Husqvarna) of Chile, by claiming his country’s first title in the discipline thanks to an impressive second season at this level.
‘HammyMac’ was Barbosa’s closest challenger in 2018, although he lacked the consistency of his rival, an aspect he put right in 2019 by scoring a podium in every single race that he finished. The first Kiwi rider to compete at World level in over fifteen years also showed no shortage of grit and determination to come back after breaking his shoulder at the third round in Spain, where he missed out on the points completely after back-to-back double victories in Germany and Portugal.
His only other no-score after that was on the second day in Italy and despite having conceded the championship lead to Italy’s Claudio Spanu (Husqvarna), MacDonald gradually fought back to make sure of the title with a pair of third places at the final round in Ambert, France. Matteo Pavoni (Beta) joined his compatriot Spanu on the championship podium, whilst Nathan Bererd (Husqvarna) of France and Spain’s Sergio Navarro (KTM) also made names for themselves with victories during the season.
World title - 2019