On the second day of the opening round of the European Enduro Championship in Castel di Tora, Italy, the competition was shortened to two instead of three laps – due to the weather conditions in the last hour, no rider was unhappy about this afterwards. In fact, during heavy thunderstorms, partly with sleet and snow showers, the track became particularly slippery and challenging to ride. Many riders were unable to keep the set times and some got totally left behind.
All this did not affect the Honda factory team from the World Championship, which started as guests, and the riders Thomas Oldrati from Italy, Theophile Espinasse from France and Roni Kytönen from Finland took places 1-3 in the overall standings.
Best rider in the European Championship standings on the day was Italian junior Enrico Rinaldi. The GasGas rider thus takes the lead in the European Championship. Yesterday’s winner Diego Nicoletti is tied on points with the reigning champion of the 250cc two-stroke class, Maurizio Micheluz, in second place. Micheluz, already 38 years old, again won his displacement class on both days: “It was to be expected that the Italians would feel at home on this terrain,” the already 38 year old tried his hand at being a low con man. But there is more than a grain of truth in that, because the stone-strewn ground in the mountains around the lake is familiar fare for the Italians, especially as they also regularly race championship races there in the region.
Only in fifth place in the championship standings comes Krystof Kouble from the Czech Republic, the first “foreigner” at this opener. Only in three classes no Italian is currently leading the championship:
French Justine Martel won the women’s class again, as she did the day before, even without time penalty points, and thus proved to be unbeatable.
In the large four-stroke class, Jaromir Romancik leads the championship standings after his second day’s victory there, and in the large two-stroke class it is the Frenchman Thibaut Passet who also steers his Beta on a championship course with two day’s victories.
The next round of the European Enduro Championship is three and a half months away in the Czech Republic. By then, completely different riders could be standing at the top of the podium.
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