On Saturday, 7 August 2021, the European Enduro Championship started its first day in its second competition in the Czech Republic:
The favourite, Krystof Kouble, lived up to his role and made the most of his home advantage on the demanding course – the Czech rider came back from the first of the three rounds with three special stages each as the overall leader. He did not relinquish this position until the finish. But he had a crash in the very last special stage: “I was so excited and in such a hurry to get back on the bike that I didn’t lose much time. Luckily I didn’t hurt myself,” the Sherco rider was happy to report at the end.
After a crash in the extreme test, championship leader Enrico Rinaldi from Italy had to bury his hopes for another class win ahead of Kouble. Rinaldi took third place in the overall standings.
In second place, however, and surprisingly, was Dominik Olszowy from Poland, who had not yet competed in the European Championship. However, the KTM rider had just returned from the Hardenduro World Championship in Romania with a 10th place, so he was well prepared for the difficult track and difficult special stages. So he was also able to win the class of the over 250 cc four-stroke bikes.
A junior on the smallest displacement 125cc also put in a pleasingly strong performance: Pyry Juupaluoma from Finland rode to a sensational fifth place overall in all displacement classes! He won the junior class of the U21 riders with a lead of almost one minute.
In the women’s category, who did not ride the last extreme test, Nieve Holmes from Great Britain won on the GasGas ahead of the previous leader Justine Martel from France.