The young French Enduro hopeful will join the Husaberg Factory Team and compete in the EJ class as well as in the French E2 Championship on a Husaberg FE 450.
20-year old Fortunato is part of the strong pool of young French talents in Enduro heavily supported by the French Federation. As Husaberg is well-known for putting a lot of effort into the development of young talent in the WEC, fortified by 3 EJ World Championship titles in 4 years by Joakim Ljunggren and Oriol Mena, the Husaberg team managed by Thomas Gustavsson was Benoit’s first choice.
Benoit Fortunato: “I was looking for a good team for next season because it’s going to be a decisive year in my career. I will move up to E2 in the French Championship and my goal in the WEC is definitely the EJ World title. I get a lot of support from the French Federation and I’m sure the Husaberg Team will also support me well. I tested the Husaberg bike at the WEC round in Slovakia and really liked it immediately. In addition with Oriol (Mena) and Joakim (Ljunggren) as team mates I will have excellent training partners as well as a good benchmark for my own speed.”
Benoit Fortunato started competing in Enduro aged 16 in 2005. Already two years later, in 2007, Benoit won the French Junior Championship and finished the EJ class in the WEC in 7th position.
In 2008 Benoit participated only in 3 WEC rounds and therefore only accomplished position 18 in the EJ standings.
This season Benoit scored his first podiums in the WEC, 5 overall so far, and his first victory on day 1 at the GP of Mexico. He is sitting in 3rd position in the championship before his home GP in France this weekend, and still has good chances to finish runner-up in the EJ Championship, behind his future Husaberg team mate Oriol Mena, who already secured this year’s EJ title at the GP of Mexico.
In addition Benoit secured his second French Junior title last weekend with a convincing performance of winning both days of the final round of the French Championship.