It was a double victory for Alex Salvini at the second round of the EnduroGP World Championship in Valpaços, Portugal this weekend.
After taking fourth in the Friday evening Supertest, the S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto rider was determined to bring home a great result. Salvini put in a masterful performance to come out top in all of the 12 special tests (one extreme, one cross and one enduro repeated four times).
This performance saw him take a double victory in the E2 class, finishing third in the hard-fought EnduroGP classification on both days, and strengthen his leadership in the E2 standings.
Fellow Honda rider Christophe Charlier, who finished second on both days, joined Salvini on the E2 podium – despite suffering from a broken big toe on his right foot.
Charlier won four special tests on his CRF450RX Enduro on Saturday and three on Sunday, moving himself into second place in the E2 standings.
Team mate Thomas Oldrati took a good third position in Friday’s Supertest, but faced two tough days on the bike in the E1 class finishing just outside the podium on Saturday and suffered a fall in the first test on Sunday.
There were podiums for the Honda-RedMoto Lunigiana Team as well in Portugal, with Davide Guarneri climbing onto the second step of the E1 podium on both days.
The second round did not start with the best possible omens for the Lunigiana squad, who only arrived on Friday morning due to a series of technical problems, but Guarneri soon cheered the team up with his quick pace and left the weekend second in the overall standings too.
It was an unlucky weekend for Davide Soreca, who is now back to the World Championship after recovering from an injury. On Saturday he fought to a well-earned ninth position in the E2 class, but was forced to withdraw on Sunday after a crash on a rock damaged the bike.
There is no rest for the Honda enduro riders as they head to Santiago de Compostela in Spain for the third round of the World Championship (11-12 May).