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.