It was an outstanding weekend for Honda’s Enduro riders at their home round in Rovetta, Italy (round five of the World Enduro Championship.

Alex Salvini, Team S2 Sembenini Honda-RedMoto, took his first EnduroGP victory of 2019 and also the E2 class victory on Sunday. It was a tough weekend after dislocating his shoulder just days before, during the GP of Greece, but Salvini didn’t let it show.

On Saturday he finished fourth in the E2 class and ninth in EnduroGP, before pushing hard on the Sunday: taking two EnduroGP race wins and give E2 class race wins on his way to claiming the top step of the podium. Salvini also maintains his lead in the E2 class championship standings.

The scent of home victory must have been in the air because Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro Team’s Thomas Oldrati made sure the top step of the E1 podium on Sunday was also a CRF rider.

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday, Oldrati pushed hard to always finish within the top-three and earned himself the second step of the Saturday podium. However, he truly shone under Sunday’s hot sun when he was the rider to beat all day long.

This incredible victory, taken in front of the large home crowd, was Oldrati’s first win since 2010. Oldrati is also holding on to second place in the overall standings.

Team mate Christophe Charlier also climbed onto the podium in the E2 class, after winning three special tests helped him to claim second place at the end of Saturday. Unfortunately, he missed out on Sunday’s podium after dislocating his right thumb during the second cross test.

Oldrati and Charlier were also joined by Enduro legend Antoine Meo, five-time champion, who raced with the Honda Red-Moto CRF450RX Enduro and took the Friday night Supertest victory.

Unfortunately, it was a challenging event for the Honda-RedMoto Lunigiana Team. After setting the fourth fastest time in the E1 class Supertest on Friday night, Davide Guarneri chose not to participate in the event due to back problems.

Davide Soreca suffered some crashes on Saturday, finishing tenth, while Sunday saw him just outside of the top-five – despite racing with a knee injury.

The next event for Honda’s Enduro riders will be the seventh round of the Italian Championship, which will take place in Crespano del Grappa (13 July).

Alex Salvini

Alex Salvini

The day before the race I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t think I could finish the race. Definitely I didn’t think I would leave Rovetta as leader of the standings. Last week I was in a hospital bed, while today I won my class and the Overall. An unexpected but incredible feeling. It’s one of my best victories: first because the Valli Bergamasche is a very hard race, second because it comes in a very difficult moment, third because I was in so much pain. Thanks to the team and all the sponsors that support us!

S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto
EnduroGP victory for Alex Salvini at home round in Italy

Gino Sembenini

Exciting and incredible race! We were competitive already yesterday and we had the right pace to get the home victory, but we missed it. Today Alex was a real hammer: he worked hard to conquer this result in front of his home crowd. It’s incredible to think that he got it with a dislocated shoulder! A double victory in E2 and EnduroGP: what a satisfaction! I’m proud of him and the whole team for the great job!

Christophe Charlier

Christophe Charlier

This was my first Valli Bergamasche and I understand the reason why it’s so popular. It’s a beautiful race, but at the same time it’s very strong. On Saturday I started well finishing on the second step of the podium. On Sunday I had a good pace too, but a crash in the second cross test caused the dislocation of my right thumb and I couldn’t keep up the pace. Thanks to the team for the good job.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Thomas Oldrati

Thomas Oldrati 22

I’m so happy. Today was tough. On the first lap the conditions were terrible, almost worse than yesterday; on the second lap a rider in front of me didn’t let me pass and I crashed breaking the clutch lever. I don’t know how I got back on track, but in the end, I won. What an emotion! It’s a shame about the podium in the Overall classification: I could get it, but I’m still satisfied because a win at home is an incredible satisfaction. Thanks to Honda, Fiamme Oro group and everyone for cheering!

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Antoine Meo

Antoine Meo

Going back to race the Valli was an incredible emotion. The crowd gives you a unique charge. I really enjoyed racing in Italy again. On Friday night I also won the Supertest! What an emotion! I want to thank Honda RedMoto and Matteo Boffelli for giving me this opportunity.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Matteo Boffelli

Matteo Boffelli

Team Manager

A tough race of real enduro with unique emotions. On Saturday both Thomas and Christophe took the second step of the podium. On Sunday Thomas fought for the victory all day long: it’s a pity that due to a crash he could not fight for the Overall, but he won his class and this is what really matters. Congratulations also to Meo for the beautiful victory in the Supertest on Friday night. Congratulations to the whole team!

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Davide Soreca

Davide Soreca

Sunday was partially good because until the end I was between the best of the Overall, but after the last enduro test I crashed hurting my knee. Since that it was hard and I had to slow down. However, I’m happy with my pace and the times recorded.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Gianni Belloni

Gianni Belloni

Team Manager

We improved a lot with Soreca, working on his physical form as on the best set up for his racing style. The Valli is a tough race and we knew it wouldn’t be easy: he did his best but he hurt his knee again. This is not easy time for Guarneri: I’m sorry he couldn’t join the race. We will wait for new chance. We are ready to give our best.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
GP of Italy

Rovetta, Italy

Enduro 2019, Round 5

Sunday 23 Jun 2019, 19:20 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alex Salvini ITA 20 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda 1:20:54.52
2 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 17 TM Factory Racing TM +42.82
3 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 15 Privateer Husqvarna +45.18
4 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 13 Beta Factory Team Beta +54.43
5 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 11 TM Factory Racing TM +1:18.30
6 Christophe Charlier FRA 10 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:19.02
7 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 9 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:35.85
8 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 8 Beta Factory Team Beta +1:43.81
9 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 7 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM +2:09.13
10 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 6 Privateer Beta +2:21.81
11 Kirian Mirabet 38 SPA 5 RFME Junior Team Honda +2:32.01
12 Davide Soreca ITA 4 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +2:42.21
13 Eero Remes 34 FIN 3 Johansson MPE Yamaha +3:51.86
14 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +3:59.41
15 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 1 JET Husqvarna +4:16.44
Saturday 22 Jun 2019, 20:50 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 20 TM Factory Racing TM 1:12:44.86
2 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 17 Beta Factory Team Beta +0.06
3 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 15 Privateer Sherco +1.50
4 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 13 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +42.65
5 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 11 TM Factory Racing TM +1:10.98
6 Christophe Charlier FRA 10 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:32.97
7 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 9 Privateer Beta +1:54.04
8 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 8 Beta Factory Team Beta +2:05.55
9 Alex Salvini ITA 7 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +2:13.44
10 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 6 Privateer Husqvarna +2:50.88
11 Antoine Meo FRA 5 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +3:00.67
12 Kirian Mirabet 38 SPA 4 RFME Junior Team Honda +3:08.38
13 Hugo Blanjoue 56 FRA 3 Privateer KTM +3:22.04
14 David Abgrall 91 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +3:41.84
15 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 1 Privateer Beta +3:47.81
Rider Standings
Sunday, 23 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Bradley FREEMAN 12 GBR 164 Privateer Beta
2 Steve HOLCOMBE 1 GBR 160 Beta Factory Team Beta
3 Daniel MCCANNEY 43 GBR 141 TM Factory Racing TM
4 Alex SALVINI ITA 96 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda
5 Loic LARRIEU 4 FRA 93 TM Factory Racing TM
6 Thomas OLDRATI 22 ITA 92 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
7 Matteo CAVALLO 25 ITA 91 Privateer Sherco
8 Christophe CHARLIER FRA 79 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
9 Davide GUARNERI ITA 59 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
10 Benjamin HERRERA 78 CHI 59 Beta Factory Team Beta
11 Giacomo REDONDI 81 ITA 57 Privateer Husqvarna
12 Eero REMES 34 FIN 52 Johansson MPE Yamaha
13 Antoine BASSET 18 FRA 45 Privateer Husqvarna
14 Anthony GESLIN 64 FRA 19 Privateer Beta
15 Kirian MIRABET 38 SPA 17 RFME Junior Team Honda
16 Hugo BLANJOUE 56 FRA 17 Privateer KTM
17 Joe WOOTTON 32 GBR 17 JET Husqvarna
18 Christophe NAMBOTIN 7 FRA 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
19 David ABGRALL 91 FRA 10 Privateer Beta
20 Rudy MORONI 90 ITA 9 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
21 Albin ELOWSON 6 SWE 9 Privateer Husqvarna
22 Davide SORECA ITA 5 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
23 Antoine MEO FRA 5 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
24 Diogo VENTURA 52 POR 1 Privateer Honda