GT Factory Racing’s new signing takes 6 out of 6 stages at Round 1 of the Easyphone Cup
It was a family affair in Esneux this weekend with GT Factory Racing’s youngest recruit sweeping the board . Martin Maes took six out of six stage wins in the first round of the Easyphone Cup Mountainbike Enduro Race, held in Esneux, Belgium. The race organiser was Martin’s father Patric Maes and brother Tom took third place overall!
The race saw the largest number of riders ever enrolled for an Enduro race in Belgium with 191 entrants signing up to tackle 6 timed stages ranging between 700m and 2km. Martin said “There was a great atmosphere with riders from all over Belgium making up about 50% of the field and riders from France, Germany and Holland joining in the fun” Competition was intense for the psychologically important first round victory. But Martin rode in his usual self-possessed style to deliver a blistering victory with cumulative timings showing him over a minute clear of the rest of the field. The 16 year old said – “The course was very slippery because the sun was shining and snow was melting – there was a lot of mud and some very technical passages but I managed my race within my limits so I didn’t make a mistake.”
Martin is still a Cadet so he took the Cadet class win as well as the overall, the Elite win went to Johnny Magis who was in second overall, Tom Maes was third.