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).