This weekend saw Honda’s Enduro teams taste success at the season finale of the Enduro Italian Championship, held in Gaggio Montano, near Bologna, with titles for both Thomas Oldrati and Alex Salvini.
The race was well organised by Moto Club Alta Valle Reno with a 50km route that was repeated four times on Saturday and three times on Sunday, with three different special tests: one Enduro test of 7km on mixed ground, one Extreme test of about 1.5km and a Cross test of 4km near the paddock.
After claiming second place in the Enduro World Championship standings, Oldrati (Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team) started the race as leader of the 250 4T class with the Honda-RedMoto CRF250RX Enduro.
Two podium finishes (third on Saturday and second on Sunday) was enough to secure Oldrati the Italian Title. This extraordinary success proves the high competitive level of both rider and team, who worked hard to obtain this incredible goal.
On the nine days of competition Oldrati won four of them, finished second four times and third once. This is his tenth title after those won in 2005 (50cc), 2006-2008 (125 2T), 2010-2011 (250 4T), 2013-2014 (E1) and 2017 (E3).
Team-mate Christophe Charlier was absent due to the knee injury picked up in the GP of France, he finished the foreign standing just outside the top-five in sixth.
Success was also in the air for S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto’s Alex Salvini, who has proved to be the undisputed leader of the 450 4T class all year.
Salvini could have taken the title in the previous round at Crespano del Grappa, unfortunately a bad crash that resulted in a dislocated shoulder during the last part of the Enduro test prevented the early celebrations.
The celebrations were in full force Saturday night though as a spectacular performance saw Salvini take the title with Sunday still to go, where he settled for a second place finish after a head-to-head battle with Giacomo Redondi.
This is Salvini’s eleventh title: seven consecutive titles in the 450 4T/E2 class (2013-2019) and four in the overall classification (2012-2014 and 2016).
It was also a positive finale for Davide Guarneri and the Honda-RedMoto Lunigiana Team, who claimed the second step of the 250 4T class podium on Saturday and finished fourth on Sunday.
Davide Soreca missed the event as he continues to recover from his surgery in August to his left knee ligaments.