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.

Thomas Oldrati

Thomas Oldrati 22

It’s been a pretty tough season finale. In these two days I was not able to push due to my ankle problem and so I settled for the placings that could guarantee me the title. I’m very happy: it’s been a long season and I want to thank Fiamme Oro Group and all the team: the whole staff worked hard with me for a long time to get this amazing result.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Matteo Boffelli

Matteo Boffelli

Team Manager

Good race and tough victory because of Thomas’ physical condition after the ankle injury suffered last week in the GP of France. We are very happy with his tenth Italian title: congratulations to him and the whole team! Unfortunately, Christophe was absent for a badly sprained knee. Now a break before start working in view of the Enduro Six Days.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Alex Salvini

Alex Salvini

In Crespano del Grappa I was very close to the title, but the party was postponed because of one mistake in the last special test. Now here we are: I’m happy I took the title with one day remaining. It’s the confirmation of a long season in which I gave my best. It hasn’t been easy, especially in the last few races because of the problems with my right shoulder. Soon I’m going to get surgery in order to be ready for the next season. Now let’s celebrate this result!

S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto
Italian titles for Thomas Oldrati and Alex Salvini

Gino Sembenini

The Italian title won together with Alex Salvini is a proof of our commitment to the highest levels. Ours was a real challenge: the team was born at the beginning of this season and it was not easy to face all the races with serenity. We have taken all the races and thanks to Alex’s experience we are Italian Champions and World Vice-Champions. It’s a great satisfaction. Congratulations to Alex and to the whole team.

Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Very nice and challenging race. On Saturday I managed to race with a good pace finishing with a satisfactory second position in 250 4T class. Not bad also on Sunday: I was racing good and I could finish better. Finally, I’m catching up after the problems I’ve had for the whole season with my back.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Gianni Belloni

Gianni Belloni

Team Manager

It has been a bit complicated championship final. Soreca is still out but we had the satisfaction of Guarneri’s podium. We are happy with his race because he race good and he finally recovered after the problems he had with his back. He is a professional rider with great skills and he can aim for the top positions.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Gaggio Montano

Emilia Romagna, Italy

IEC 2019, Round 6