For the media crews assembled on the final stages of the EWS in Finale, after the top ranked riders had passed through inevitably the speed of the riders started to slow and thoughts turned to packing cameras away. But those that stayed were in for a sight, the junior wave started to come through and leading the charge was young gun Martin Maes, exploding through the stages at a speed that can only be described as suicidal.
With a super aggressive and loose style the 16 year old Belgian missile came through some sections faster than anyone. Enduro is not just about raw speed, but also experience, stamina and tactics! So how on earth did a 16 year old, barely old enough to race in Juniors, take five top10 results and take the overall junior title with ease?
Martin Maes was taken on by GT Factory Racing in 2012 and after working hard with Dan Atherton through the winter, blew apart the 2013 EWS and caused a sensation! Undoubtedly one of the fastest riders in the series when the terrain turned gnarly. With 2 years left in the junior ranking it is safe to assume that Martin will certainly win an EWS one day!
We take a look at his 2014 GT FORCE CARBON 150mm, still covered in Finale dust!
For more information about Martin Maes check out GT Factory Racing