Recalling the first race day, Moir said: “My strategy for the weekend was to go in and do my best to keep the points lead. I was ready to battle on Friday, and had a good Pro Stage, taking the win.” When Rude was no longer competing for the overall title, it became clear that no other rider could mathematically take Moir’s top spot. “I then found out later that evening that Richie had been disqualified and I had won.”
With the title already secured, Moir continued to fight for the Tweed Valley race win during four stages on Sunday. But a hard crash and shoulder injury proved a severe setback. With Martin Maes finishing the weekend in first place overall with a 00:23:53.12 time, Moir placed fourth 00:34.05 behind.
When all was said and done, Moir’s impressive season performance – including five race wins – earned him the overall 2021 Enduro World Series Championship. The Australian took first place with 4520 season points, ahead of Richie Rude with 4015 points.
“The season was insane! It was a super tight back and forth battle with Richie every round. On top of this, I faced so much adversity, from food poisoning on a race weekend, to popping out my shoulder and mid-race mechanicals. This made it that much sweeter though!”
This weekend’s EWS World Championship marks the biggest achievement in Moir’s career to date. Hailing from New South Wales, Australia, Moir first began racing motorbikes at the age of 4 and discovered mountain bike racing at 13. After turning pro in 2015, Moir became a force on the global downhill mountain bike circuit and claimed the 2016 Crankworx DH overall title. In 2020, he made the switch to racing enduro full-time.
Speaking on joining team Monster Energy, the newly crowned EWS World Champion said: “I’m pumped to be riding for Monster! It’s always been a dream growing up to be repping a Monster lid at the races. And they are always supporting such sick video projects outside of racing as well. So, I can’t wait to get something going on the content side of things.”
Now that the EWS season is officially over, what’s next for Moir? “Normally I would go home and go camping and surfing all off-season. But I’m going to have to get my shoulder fixed as soon as I’m out of quarantine. So probably a lot of chilling and rehab!” said Moir. The 2022 Enduro World Series (EWS) season will commence this coming June in the Tweed Valley, so stay tuned!