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Le Touquet Enduropale - Day 3 - The Race

6
February
2006
  Posted at 04:58:57 PM
  File under  Racing France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Le Touquet Enduropale 2007 Photos

Photos of the Le Touquet Enduropale motorcycle beach enduro are available ! There are some 950 photos available, and can be seen, downloaded and/or purchased.

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This is the last part of the series "le Touquet Enduropale Beach Enduro race for motorcycles". Warning, there are 60 photos, so it might take some time to load, but it's worth it.

The first lap was almost over, the first few contestants had completed the fast beach run, and the first part of the circuit was over. They now had to run the 2nd part, consisting of fast portions, jumps, whoops and chicanes.

The first chicane looked quite interesting. The first contestants took it with no problems.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Until F. Verhaeghe (#12) on his Yamaha 450 decided to take it a bit too fast...

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

He showed how to do a swan dive (don't worry, he got up and continued).

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

T. Potisek showed the right way.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

As did Jean-Claude Mousse.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

As did favorite A. Demeester.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Followed by C. Martin (#16) on his KTM 450.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Finally Cyril Despres showed up, overtaken by many. He was in no rush.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

The remainder of the riders arrived in a hurry.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Until someone goes down in the chicane...(#592 R. Duponchel on a KTM 450)... then the chicane gets even smaller..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Which is then followed by a traffic jam.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Obstacle avoidance is an art. Motorcycle go all over the place to avoid other downed riders..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

More and more go down.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

This makes it difficult to get through.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Some just "walked" their motorcycles through.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

At times it was impossible to see where you were going because of the sand spray.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Even the funny helmet folks got through... eventually..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Despair...

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

More and more go down.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Clear your visor, and off they go again.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

No comment...

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

The pack got very tight.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Tighter and tighter.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

This is an interesting way of stopping..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

The fast stretch.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Impressive to see the speeds they were running. I had a security guys stand next to me to pull me away if they got too close.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

The race marshals were very busy, often risking their own lives to stop riders from running into each other.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

One of the jumps..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

And they correct way of doing it.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Not easy if you don't know what's ahead of you..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Blind jumps, total faith in the race marshals.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

High speeds.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Here's one of the fast corners, long and fast.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Foot out, and full on the throttle.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Nice style (#44 F. Fayet on Honda 450).

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Getting close to the edge.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Even in the fast curve, many went down.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Here's Timotei Potisek showing how it's done.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Right into the edge of the curve.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Jean-Claude Mousse was no slouch either. He knew he could still win.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

WHY ME !!! shouts E. Bouchel lying next to his KTM 400.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

The straight of the arrival line was followed by the fast curve.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Which proved difficult for many riders.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Neck and neck, trying to pass each other in a duel.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Here British rider T. Neesham has turned his 125 Yamaha into the wrong direction.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Mousse comes thundering through.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Great way of jumping obstacles.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

"Go straight, then turn left, that's where the finish line is"...

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Going down steep slopes is an art form.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Here's how it's done by F. Verhaeghe on his Yamaha 450.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Or as S. Potisek shows on his Honda 450 (yes, he's a brother of the leader).

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Demeester shows the correct way.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Jumping over the whoops.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

All jumps..

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

J. Lefevre on his Honda 450.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

F. Fayet again.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

D; Prevot takes his Yamaha 450 very high.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Getting there... almost finished.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

S. Mesthe on one of the final jumps on his KTM 525.

Le Touquet Motorcycle Enduro (Enduropale)

Timotei Potisek was one minute before the end of the race and could have coasted to the finish, but instead he went for another full round, adding another 10 minutes to the race. Many contestants stopped before the finish line, since they DID not want to ride another round.

Timotei Potisek wins his first Le Touquet Enduro !!

#2 Jean-Claude Mousse (the only rider in the same lap, at 1 minute 45 seconds behind)
#3 Pierrick Paget
#4 Thierry Paget
#5 Christian Limbourg

Arnaud Demeester finished in 10th spot, 2 laps behind.

And that concludes our Le Touquet reporting.
To see the full results, click here.

We hope you enjoyed it. See you next year.





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