It was a mixed weekend for Honda riders at the fifth round of the Enduro Italian Championship, held in Crespano del Grappa (near Treviso), with victories, podiums and injuries.
Thomas Oldrati (Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro Team) went into the weekend as leader of the 250 4T class and dominated the event. Over the course of the weekend Oldrati claimed five best times, four second places, one third and two sixth place finishes. This was enough to see him climb to the top step of the podium and retain his leadership of the overall standings.
It was a tough race for his team mate Christophe Charlier, who was affected by physical problems. Unfortunately, after the start he was forced to withdraw to avoid the onset of complications.
Both of Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team’s riders were suffering from physical problems due to the aftermath of various crashes in the previous races.
Davide Soreca was suffering with his right knee that had been operated on at the beginning of the year, and has not yet fully recovered from, but was determined to get some important points in the 450 class standings. He managed to finish third with his Honda-RedMoto CRF300RX Enduro, which could have been a better position had it not been for the three minutes lost when the chain came off.
Davide Guarneri faced a tough day after not competing in the GP of Italy due to severe back pain, but managed to finish sixth in the 250 4T class.
It was mathematically possible for Alex Salvini and S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto to wrap up the championship title this weekend, with one event still to go, but an unlucky weekend sees it go to the final round in October.
Salvini managed to pop his shoulder out after a bad crash in the last part of the Enduro test, forcing him to withdraw from the event. Luckily, with more than a month before the next event, the Italian now has the opportunity to totally recover and be back to 100% before tackling the next race.
Honda’s Enduro riders now have an extended break before their next event: the Czech Republic GP in Uhlirske Janovice (13-15 September).