This weekend saw the opening round of the 2016 Enduro championship in Agadir, Morocco, where Giacomo Redondi was victorious in the EJ class.

Raced on the spectacular beach of Agadir, which means ‘fortified granary’ in the Berber language, and with the city situated on the edge of the Atlas Mountains, the location proved to be perfect for the first African (and Moroccan) Enduro GP.

The 55km route was repeated three times, characterised by challenging passages, rocks, mules tracks, oued (dry river beds) and featured three different special tests (extreme, enduro and cross). The prologue test that was due to be raced in the late afternoon on Friday was cancelled due to darkness.

In the EJ class, Giacomo Redondi was on top form taking the victory on both race days and earned himself the best time in six of the 19 tests, finishing all the others within the top five.

In his E2 class debut, Davide Guarneri finished tenth on Saturday due to some mistakes but finished 8th on Sunday with the top time in one of the special cross tests.

Alessandro Battig struggled to find the right rhythm in the E1 class on Saturday but improved throughout the day to rack up two second place finishes and a third in the last four special tests. Battig finished ninth overall on Saturday and on Sunday went one better with a good seventh.

It was an unlucky event for David Soreca who finished 19th on Saturday after losing 10 minutes due to a banner caught in the rear wheel. Soreca recovered well on Sunday, finishing with an excellent seventh place.

The next race for the Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team is the GP of Portugal, second round of the World Championship, on April 16th-17th in Gouveia.

Giacomo Redondi

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“I’m satisfied with the result, but not with the feeling in the special tests. I probably struggled because they were a bit tight and I was never completely comfortable. I’m happy with the result, but above all with my performance in the supertest. I wanted to start pushing hard and that’s what I did.”

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Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

“I expected that it would be tough but it was more challenging that I expected, especially in the line test. In the extreme test I was good, but I struggled because of the hard ground with many stones, holes and a lot of dust. On Sunday I improved and I got one victory in the cross test, although it was not a classic Enduro race.”

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Alessandro Battig

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“On Sunday I started very motivated: in the first two laps I was in the top five and I was close to third position. But then I made a mistake in the last extreme special test; I lost a lot of time and a few positions. I was sixth but I made a mistake and finished seventh by only two seconds. On Saturday I was a bit nervous and I had some falls due to the tension but I improved in the last lap. Now we’ll see how it goes in Portugal.”

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Davide Soreca

Davide Soreca

“It was a hard start to the race because I lost a lot of time in the first special test on Saturday due to a banner stuck in my rear wheel. On Sunday it was better but I unfortunately made a mistake in the extreme test, otherwise I would have finished fifth. The race was quite difficult with a hard ground for everybody.”

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Carlo Curci

Carlo Curci

Team Manager

“It was an exciting race and the whole team gave their best for this first round of the World Championship. Redondi confirmed his potential and his victory confirmed our predictions too. Soreca was unlucky in the first day and on Sunday he made a few mistakes; otherwise he would have finished in the top five. Battig started a little subdued, but on Sunday he had a better race. Guarneri was strong in the prologue, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to organisational reasons. After a tough Saturday he improved his performance on Sunday, getting the best time in the cross test.”

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
GP of Morocco

Agadir, Morocco

Enduro 2016, Round 1

Sunday 10 Apr 2016, 10:45 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Eero Remes 34 FIN 20 TM Factory Racing TM
2 Gianluca Martini 12 ITA 17 Lunigiana Enduro Team Kawasaki
3 Nathan Watson 91 GBR 15 KTM Farioli KTM
4 Jamie McCanney 68 GBR 13 Miglio Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
5 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 10 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
7 Alessandro Battig 83 ITA 9 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
8 Mikael Persson 74 SWE 8 Miglio Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
9 Victor Guerrero 99 SPA 7 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
10 Ivan Cervantes 25 SPA 6 KTM Farioli KTM
11 Pascal Rauchenecker 76 AUT 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Edward Huebner 48 GER 4 CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing Sherco
13 Anthony Boissiere 5 FRA 3 CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing Sherco
14 Jonathan Manzi 61 ITA 2 BBM Husqvarna Motorcycles Italia Husqvarna
NC Simone Albergoni 50 ITA 0 KE Team Kawasaki DNF
Saturday 9 Apr 2016, 10:17 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Eero Remes 34 FIN 20 TM Factory Racing TM
2 Jamie McCanney 68 GBR 17 Miglio Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
3 Nathan Watson 91 GBR 15 KTM Farioli KTM
4 Victor Guerrero 99 SPA 13 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
5 Gianluca Martini 12 ITA 11 Lunigiana Enduro Team Kawasaki
6 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Ivan Cervantes 25 SPA 9 KTM Farioli KTM
8 Anthony Boissiere 5 FRA 8 CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing Sherco
9 Alessandro Battig 83 ITA 7 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
10 Jonathan Manzi 61 ITA 6 BBM Husqvarna Motorcycles Italia Husqvarna
11 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 5 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
12 Pascal Rauchenecker 76 AUT 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Mikael Persson 74 SWE 3 Miglio Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
14 Edward Huebner 48 GER 2 CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing Sherco
15 Simone Albergoni 50 ITA 1 KE Team Kawasaki
Rider Standings
Sunday, 10 Apr 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Eero REMES 34 FIN 40 TM Factory Racing TM
2 Nathan WATSON 91 GBR 30 KTM Farioli KTM
3 Jamie MCCANNEY 68 GBR 30 Miglio Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
4 Gianluca MARTINI 12 ITA 28 Lunigiana Enduro Team Kawasaki
5 Daniel MCCANNEY 43 GBR 21 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Victor GUERRERO 99 SPA 20 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
7 Alessandro BATTIG 83 ITA 16 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
8 Rudy MORONI 90 ITA 15 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
9 Ivan CERVANTES 25 SPA 15 KTM Farioli KTM
10 Mikael PERSSON 74 SWE 11 Miglio Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
11 Anthony BOISSIERE 5 FRA 11 CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing Sherco
12 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 76 AUT 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Jonathan MANZI 61 ITA 8 BBM Husqvarna Motorcycles Italia Husqvarna
14 Edward HUEBNER 48 GER 6 CH Racing Sherco Factory Racing Sherco
15 Simone ALBERGONI 50 ITA 1 KE Team Kawasaki