MX star takes enduro glory

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Yamaha motocross rider Stefan Everts has won his first competitive enduro event in style, taking the overall win in the International Six-Day Enduro in Brazil.

After taking the Belgian team to victory in the Motocross des Nations event last month the newly crowned MXGP world champion jumped at the offer to represent his country again in the 1386km enduro.

Everts took his production Yamaha WR450F to the fastest accumulated time in the 400cc four-stroke class, leading throughout all six days. World enduro champion Stefan Merriman lead the overall standings on his 250cc two-stroke for the first three of the five-hour days but Everts pulled out a lead on day four and went on to take the overall victory.

Everts went to the event without high expectations, but made sure there was one thing he did before he set off. He said: "I hadn't really made any special preparations for the event, I came here to enjoy myself. The only thing I made sure I practised was changing a tyre. I didn't want the enduro boys to have a laugh because I couldn't do it. It's something you don't have to do for yourself as a factory motocross rider."

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