ENDUROPALE 2023 : REPLAY VIDEO

Les replays videos et les résultats de l’Édition 2023 de l’Enduropale du Touquet.
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L’Enduropale du Touquet-Pas-de-Calais a conclu ce dimanche la saison 2022-2023 du Championnat de France des Sables 3AS Racing. Devant une foule immense estimée à 600 000 spectateurs tout au long du week-end, la 6ème et dernière manche de l’année a tenu ses promesses, comme à son habitude. Pour la première fois de son histoire, la course Motos a eu lieu le samedi, en lieu et place du Quaduro, déplacé au dimanche. Ce choix, fait par les organisateurs pour tenir compte des horaires et coefficients de marée, s’est avéré payant, puisque les 1300 pilotes engagés le samedi ont pu rouler 3h, ce qui n’aurait pas pu être le cas le dimanche. De leur côté, les 375 quads ont vu leur course écourtée de seulement 15 minutes.

L’anglais Todd Kellett (Motos) et le Belge Randy Naveaux (Quads), tous deux sur Yamaha, ont confirmé leur supériorité en remportant respectivement leurs 5ème et 4ème victoires de la saison. A 25 et 27 ans, ils sont incontestablement les hommes forts de la discipline. L’Anglais, sacré avant même cette dernière manche, et le Belge remportent le titre de Champion de France des Sables. Chez les féminines, la régularité a payé : Mathilde Denis (Motos) et Emilie Bourgeois (Quads) sont également sacrées championnes de France. Mais elles doivent se contenter de la seconde place au Touquet, derrière la Belge Amandine Verstappen (Motos) et Nathanaelle Abgrall (Quads).

Avec plus de 7000 pilotes au départ sur l’ensemble des 6 épreuves, le Championnat de France des Sables 3AS Racing a battu une nouvelle fois tous les records de participation…

photo : Xavier Leporche

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Todd Kellett wins Enduropale du Touquet to claim early lead in FIM Sand Races World Cup

Considered one of the toughest beach races on the planet, Todd Kellett – Drag’on Yamaha underlined his current status as the world’s leading sand specialist with a clear and commanding victory at today’s Enduropale du Touquet.

Todd Kellett © Frederick Herregods

The twenty-five-year-old started the three-hour epic as one of the favourites and when his team-mate and reigning champion Milko Potisek went out with a mechanical problem after just three laps the British rider looked in complete control as he raced to victory and with it an early lead in the inaugural FIM Sand Races World Cup.
 
In front of a crowd numbering an incredible three-hundred-and fifty-thousand spectators, Kellett’s sixteen laps of the arduous – and in places torturous – thirteen-kilometre course on the northern coast of France saw him come home just over two-and-a-half minutes in front of Belgium’s Cyril Genot – SR Honda.
 
Kellett’s victory at the forty-seventh edition of the Enduropale du Touquet represents only the second time a British rider has triumphed there and he follows in the footsteps of former FIM Motocross and Enduro World Championship racer Nathan Watson who claimed an historic win in 2019.
 
“I am absolutely over the moon to get this win and especially to be in the lead of the FIM Sand Races World Cup,” said Kellett. “I have worked so hard for the last five years for this and I can’t thank my team enough. This is the best race in the world.”
 
With Potisek’s dream of a fourth Enduropale du Touquet win ending prematurely, Kellett took control of the race and simply refused to relax his grip. Already crowned the Champion de France des Sables after winning four of the five rounds, chased by a field of almost thirteen-hundred competitors the former top-flight motocross rider turned sand specialist put on a masterclass.
 
By half-distance he was two minutes and sixteen seconds clear of the chasing pack after completing eight laps and while the remaining podium positions remained in doubt for the final hour with Genot charging ahead of his compatriot Yentel Martens – Honda and Dutchman Lars Van Berkel – SR Honda following a big push in the closing stages, Kellett rode with his head and managed the gap back to second.
 
With two laps to go Genot had reduced the deficit to around a minute and Richard Fura – Honda passed Van Berkel for fourth before Kellett picked up the pace to secure a famous victory.

Belgium’s Amandine Verstappen came out on top of the battle to be the highest placed Women‘s rider, finishing nearly seven minutes ahead of Marine Hughes from France with her compatriot Mathilde Denis claiming third spot amongst the female competitors.

Amandine Verstappen © Enduropale le Touquet

The focus now shifts to South America for the Enduro del Verano in Argentina – regarded as the premier event of its kind in Latin America – on 24-26 February before the series signs off in December on Monte Gordo Beach in Portugal’s Algarve region.

With six riders from today’s top-ten registered for the inaugural FIM Sand Races World Cup it is all systems go for this exciting new series.

2023 Enduropale du Touquet moto start © Frederick Herregods

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For full event details visit: www.enduropaledutouquet.f

Pos.N°NomMarqueClubNb TrsEc. 1erTps tour

1 2 KELLETT ToddYamahaMX Chrono16-12:55.2612

19 GENOT CyrilHondaMoto Club du Littoral 59162:33.99913:33.6003

17 MARTENS YentelHONDATouquet Auto Moto165:10.18013:48.482

14 FURA RichardHondaMoto Club de Thelle1611:35.89913:52.76

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