There was just one stage today in Tasmania, but it was a big one - the Queen stage. This stage offers the winners 40 points towards their overall totals and the current series leaders have taken full advantage as Maes and Courduier came down fastest.
In the men's race, Maes pulled out a six second margin over Aussie downhill racer Connor Fearon. Canyon's Florian Nicolai was third, Jesse Melamed fourth and Kevin Miquel had a great result with fifth.
In the women's there were two familiar faces in the top spot as Charre and Courdurier continued their Rotorua battle but Isabaeu took it by four seconds in the end. Third place went to Tasmania local and Asia-Pacific enduro champ Rowena Fry, who took some big scalps. ALN was fourth and Jill Kintner immediately impressed as she came fifth in her first EWS race.
Everything is still to play for with five more stages of racing tomorrow but Maes and Courduier will be happy in the knowledge they now have 130 points of breathing space over the rest of the field in the overall.
1st. Martin Maes (BEL) - 6:19.360
2nd. Connor Fearon (AUS) +6.830
3rd. Florian Nicolai (FRA) +8.170
4th. Jesse Melamed (CAN) +8.230
5th. Kevin Miquel (FRA) +8.670
1st. Isabeau Courdurier (FRA) - 7:16.540
2nd. Morgane Charre (FRA) +4.110
3rd. Rowena Fry (AUS) +7.220
4th. Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (CAN) +8.160
5th. Jill Kintner (USA) +8.260
Under 21 Men:
1st. Antoine Vidal (FRA) - 6:32.670
2nd. Brady Stone (NZL) +0.630
3rd. Luke Meier-Smith (AUS) +760
Under 21 Women:
1st. Fenella Harris - 7:34.970
2nd. Laura Craft (AUS) +33.740