Enduro racing is like an extreme version of Motocross for motorcycles. Each race is over an extended distance and on variable terrain. It is an extensive test of riding skills and endurance where the riders spend several hours racing around lengthy circuits comprising tarmac, soil, grass, sand, mud, rocks in forest and mountainous stages.
Tom describes his progress to winning the title this year: “I didn’t make the best of starts in Italy with a major challenger, Maurizio Micheluz winning both race days. However, in Croatia I came out in front and this provided the springboard for my season of success. In Finland I was determined to remain in the number one position and it saw my best riding of the season, giving me the belief that I could be champion.”
Tom maintained his good form into the final round of the championship with a double victory in Germany. He believes that the European Enduro series is the best stepping stone for young riders who have the ambition to progress to the world championships.
He returned to sponsors Greenhous VW Van Centre in Shrewsbury to show off his silverware with Head of Business, Simon Griffin on hand to hold aloft one of the trophies.
Looking forward to 2016 Tom will be defending his European crown as well as concentrating on regaining his British title from 2014. It will be a busy year so the Transporter will be put to even more good use.
Tom has joined forces with Malcolm Rathmell Sport, who are a UK importer of the French based Sherco brand of bikes. Tom says signing to race for Sherco will be financially beneficial to his challenge for both the European and British titles, as well as providing him with an excellent bike and back-up service. Enduro racing is becoming a full time pursuit for Tom and as reigning European Champion he is determined to live up to his number one status in 2016 at home and on the continent.