Day one at the GP of Sweden in Enköping got the second half of the 2014 EWC series underway. Here are the best bits from the day in question…

– What a way to welcome the second half of the series. If anyone thought about coasting to the finish, Sweden’s 16 special tests and over two hours of timed racing quickly put paid to that. It was one badass long day – only the fittest guys n’ gals were still hauling at the end.

– What can we say about Pela Renet! He’s firmly stamping his authority on Enduro 2 right now. Bagging his fifth win of the season, he did it by winning 12 of the 16 special tests.

– Tip of the Hat to Rudy Moroni. Up until Enköping E1 rookie Moroni has been struggling to adapt to the senior ranks but today he found his groove. Running fourth all day he eventually came home fifth.

– With four wins now in the bag – and Cervantes in a world of hurt – Matt Phillips ends day one of the second half of the season as the new E3 point’s leader.

– Random fact – Day one’s E3 podium comprised of the Enduro Junior champs from the last three years – Phillips, Bellino and Joly.

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– It was awesome to see Joakim Ljunggren back in action following his knee injury. Despite suffering from a severe lack of track time prior to Sweden Ljunggren proved he can mix it with the best when the going is proper tough. Fifth in E3 was a much needed welcome back result for the Husqvarna rider.

– Injuries suck – especially if you’re leading a championship. The last two weekends have been brutal on Ivan Cervantes as he battles a hefty ankle injury. But today he rode like a champ to finish 12th and score four valuable points.

– The push on the Women’s class is paying off with 19 riders starting in Sweden.

– Looking at the unofficial Scratch results and it’s Pela Renet that delivered the goods taking the outright by a lofty one minute 58 seconds. Christophe Nambotin was second with Aubert three seconds shy of Nambo in third. Fourth overall went to Alex Salvini and Eero Remes was fifth.

The GP of Sweden is sponsored by Bahco tool company… Pela’s trophy was a huge adjustable!