Off-road ace Daniel McCanney travelled down to Jerez in Spain with his girfriend Steph last weekend to attend the Fedaration of International Motorcycling’s gala dinner.
There he mingled with the creme de la creme of two and three-wheel sport when receiving his gold medal for winning the 2014 Junior World Enduro Championship title.
‘It was a privilege to be there alongside all the superstars of bike racing, from MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to trials supremo Toni Bou,’ said Danny.
‘I managed to speak to most of them and took lots of photographs as it’s not often you get to be alongside household names like those.’
One he chatted to was Californian Ryan Villopoto, the AMA Supercross Champion.
‘I didn’t get any decent selfies unfortunately. They were all blurred,’ added 23-year-old Danny.
Danny almost mopped up on the home front this year. The Beta rider won the British Sprint Enduro Series and recently clinched the final round of the full British Enduro Championship, the Muntjac Enduro, near Diss.
But a one-minute penalty for a bizarre incident at round two of the series back in April at Helmsley, Yorks, cost him dearly.
‘I’d won the event on test times but there was a delay going through the final check. One of the ACU officals stopped me for an interview for a promotional video connected to the event. When I did go to the check I was told by the timekeeper that I was over time.
‘In fact I was precisely one-minute late - one second earlier and I would have got away with it, but that single second ulimately cost me the title.’
Arguably another bit of bad luck at the penultimate round when a banjo bolt worked loose on the braking system, losing all the fluid, also cost him vital points.
l McCanney and David Knight, who has been in Spain this week testing KTMs, will both be in Poland for the opening round of the SuperEnduro World Championship next Saturday, December 6.
Knighter is expected to ride the 350cc four-stroke for KTM UK, while McCanney will also be on a new marque likely to be announced early next week.