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).

Alex Salvini

Alex Salvini

Perfect weekend! I came from a tough period, with several crashes, and I didn’t have the right feeling. We worked hard before this race and in these two days I feel good with the bike. The team worked well and I’m happy with this way! I can’t wait to get on the track next week!

S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto
Double victory for Salvini in Portugal

Gino Sembenini

The first round in Germany was with lights and shadows, but this weekend in Portugal was really exciting! We were competitive and we had the right pace to get the victory. We have complied with the provisions. Now let’s think about next race, with the aim of doing another great performance.

Christophe Charlier

Christophe Charlier

Good race with two second places. No mistakes had to be made to win and unfortunately, I made some. The team worked well and I gave my best despite last week I broke my right big toe. I raced without painkillers, but I felt the pain in the transfers.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Thomas Oldrati

Thomas Oldrati 22

On Saturday I fought all day long for the third position. On Sunday I started with a fast pace up, but at the beginning I lost about twenty seconds for a crash and I struggled to recover even though the times were good. I’m happy with the result even if this was not my type of race, I would like to find more real enduro tests.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Matteo Boffelli

Matteo Boffelli

Team Manager

Positive race. Christophe pushed in both the days getting two excellent second positions. Thomas struggled on this type of ground, but he was fast and the gaps were minimal. We are moving to Spain ready to face the third round of the World Championship.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Positive weekend. I managed to get a good pace, finishing both the days second in the E1 class and seventh overall. Congratulations to the team! All the staff have done a great job, ready to fight despite the inconveniences!

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Davide Soreca

Davide Soreca

On Saturday I kept up the pace even though the level of the opponents was very high. Unfortunately, I crashed on Sunday and the bike probably suffered technical damage. The class is very hard-fought but I can’t wait to race again.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Gianni Belloni

Gianni Belloni

Team Manager

It was an important weekend for the team: Guarneri finished twice second in the E1; Soreca is still testing new solutions in order to make the bike suited to his style. We are going away partially happy but pumped to face the new race in Spain.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
GP of Portugal

Valpacos, Portugal

Enduro 2019, Round 2

Salvini double victory in E2 class Podiums for Christophe Charlier and Davide Guarneri
Sunday 5 May 2019, 18:12 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 20 Privateer Beta 55:39.07
2 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 17 Beta Factory Team Beta +13.86
3 Alex Salvini ITA 15 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +19.61
4 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 13 TM Factory Racing TM +27.89
5 Christophe Charlier FRA 11 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +29.15
6 Eero Remes 34 FIN 10 Johansson MPE Yamaha +33.66
7 Davide Guarneri ITA 9 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +34.13
8 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 8 Privateer Sherco +57.14
9 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 7 Beta Factory Team Beta +1:28.26
10 Giacomo Redondi 81 ITA 6 Privateer Husqvarna +1:40.50
11 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 5 Privateer Husqvarna +1:41.43
12 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 4 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:42.40
13 Hugo Blanjoue 56 FRA 3 Privateer KTM +1:44.09
14 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +2:17.34
15 Diogo Ventura 52 POR 1 Privateer Honda +2:34.86
16 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 0 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM +2:36.03
17 David Abgrall 91 FRA 0 Privateer Beta +2:36.15
18 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 0 JET Husqvarna +3:30.60
19 Patrik Markvart 96 CZE 0 Privateer KTM +3:51.13
20 Edward Huebner 48 GER 0 Team Sturm Zschopau KTM +4:03.86
Saturday 4 May 2019, 18:42 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 20 Beta Factory Team Beta 1:15:08.49
2 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 17 Privateer Beta +23.03
3 Alex Salvini ITA 15 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +26.82
4 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 13 TM Factory Racing TM +39.94
5 Christophe Charlier FRA 11 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +49.88
6 Giacomo Redondi 81 ITA 10 Privateer Husqvarna +1:01.76
7 Eero Remes 34 FIN 9 Johansson MPE Yamaha +1:08.92
8 Davide Guarneri ITA 8 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +1:12.89
9 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 7 Privateer Sherco +1:24.50
10 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 6 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:27.27
11 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 5 Beta Factory Team Beta +1:27.70
12 Hugo Blanjoue 56 FRA 4 Privateer KTM +1:34.42
13 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 3 Privateer Husqvarna +2:01.98
14 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +2:25.31
15 David Abgrall 91 FRA 1 Privateer Beta +2:27.39
16 Diogo Ventura 52 POR 0 Privateer Honda +3:00.15
17 Davide Soreca ITA 0 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +3:06.05
18 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 0 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM +3:07.05
19 Patrik Markvart 96 CZE 0 Privateer KTM +5:03.18
20 Edward Huebner 48 GER 0 Team Sturm Zschopau KTM +5:07.63
Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Steve HOLCOMBE 1 GBR 77 Beta Factory Team Beta
2 Bradley FREEMAN 12 GBR 69 Privateer Beta
3 Daniel MCCANNEY 43 GBR 58 TM Factory Racing TM
4 Alex SALVINI ITA 41 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda
5 Christophe CHARLIER FRA 33 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
6 Matteo CAVALLO 25 ITA 32 Privateer Sherco
7 Eero REMES 34 FIN 32 Johansson MPE Yamaha
8 Davide GUARNERI ITA 29 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
9 Thomas OLDRATI 22 ITA 25 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
10 Benjamin HERRERA 78 CHI 24 Beta Factory Team Beta
11 Giacomo REDONDI 81 ITA 21 Privateer Husqvarna
12 Loic LARRIEU 4 FRA 21 TM Factory Racing TM
13 Antoine BASSET 18 FRA 17 Privateer Husqvarna
14 Christophe NAMBOTIN 7 FRA 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
15 Albin ELOWSON 6 SWE 9 Privateer Husqvarna
16 Hugo BLANJOUE 56 FRA 8 Privateer KTM
17 Anthony GESLIN 64 FRA 6 Privateer Beta
18 David ABGRALL 91 FRA 4 Privateer Beta
19 Joe WOOTTON 32 GBR 4 JET Husqvarna
20 Diogo VENTURA 52 POR 1 Privateer Honda