This weekend saw Honda’s World Enduro teams head to France for the final round of the year, where Thomas Oldrati and Alex Salvini claimed the titles of Vice Champions in the E1 and E2 classes respectively.

The race, held in Ambert, started on Friday evening with the Supertest, and continued on Saturday and Sunday with nine special tests per day (one Extreme, one Enduro and one Cross repeated three times).

It was an amazing finale for the Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro Team, led by Matteo Boffelli, with both Oldrati and Charlier on the podium and the special participation of Antoine Meo and Zachary Pichon.

Despite severe pain in his left foot due to tendonitis, Oldrati fought head to head with Cavallo on Saturday, taking second position and with it an important advantage in the overall E1 standings. On Sunday, he was able to use this advantage to settle for third, which was enough to become E1 class Vice World Champion with his Honda-RedMoto CRF250RX Enduro.

It was also a good season for team-mate Christophe Charlier whose eighth and sixth place finishes across the two days were good enough to claim third in the overall E2 class standings.

Ambert also saw Antoine Meo in action, who raced his home grand prix supported by the Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro Team. He finished just outside of the podium on Saturday, before he was unfortunately forced to withdraw due to strong wrist pain on the Sunday.

Joining him was Zachary Pichon, son of two-time World Champion Mickael Pichon, who in his first Enduro race on Sunday he finished sixth in the hard-fought E1 class.

There was success tinged with a hint of disappointment for Team S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto, with Alex Salvini narrowly missing out on the E2 class title.

Salvini arrived in France two points ahead of title rival Loic Larrieau who, bolstered by his home fans, was able to edge out the CRF rider by winning on both days.

It was a bitter-sweet end to the season for Salvini who has battled through pain and injury to prove his strength, determination and skills are worthy of a great rider.

It was also a positive weekend for the Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team, as they featured on the podium with Davide Guarneri.

After a good fifth position in the Friday evening Supertest, Guarneri hit a tree in an Enduro test on Saturday. This caused him to lose time with a broken rear brake pedal, which prevented him from aiming to finish within the top five. However, he came back stronger on Sunday and finished third, taking fourth place in the E1 standing.

It was also a good race for the Portuguese Diogo Ventura, who finished within the top ten of the hard-fought E2 class.

Honda’s Enduro riders will now prepare for the last round of the Italian Championship in Gaggio Montano, near Bologna (5-6 October).

Thomas Oldrati

Thomas Oldrati 22

I walked too much on Wednesday, so I had tendonitis to my left foot. On Saturday it went quite well thanks to the painkillers and I finished in front of Cavallo. On Sunday I race with a few points of advantage, managing to finish second in the standing. This was our goal since the beginning of the year. Thanks to the whole team, to Honda-RedMoto and Fiamme Oro Group.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Christophe Charlier

Christophe Charlier

Quite a positive weekend. I race more with my head without taking too many risks and getting the third final position in E2 standing. Now I want to do well also in the final round of the Italian Championship.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Antoine Meo

Antoine Meo

Good race! The Moto Club did a pretty good job of organising the event. It was a tough test for me, but I had a lot of fun. On Saturday I finished close to the podium, while on Sunday unfortunately the pain to my wrists was too much and I preferred to withdraw. Thanks to the whole team for their good job!

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Matteo Boffelli

Matteo Boffelli

Team Manager

Technical race with tough special tests and demanding passage. We are very satisfied with this final with the second position of Oldrati and the third of Charlier. The riders gave their all and the results arrived. Now no break: we focus on the season finale of the Italian Championship and the Six Days in Portugal.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Alex Salvini

Alex Salvini

I did everything I could fighting for the title against Larrieu. He has been a little faster than me, but enough to win the World Championship. To be honest, after the injury in the GP of Greece I thought my season was already over. It was a miracle race the whole season and be here at the last race. This year I started from scratch with a lot of stress. I’m happy to be back in Honda and finished the season close to the title.

S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto
Oldrati and Salvini 2019 World Enduro Vice Champions

Gino Sembenini

This was our first year: we created a new structure with Alex demonstrating all our competitiveness. During the season there were tough moments, others better, but all-important because with the earned points we finished so close to the title. We have shown that we have all the right skills to be at the top of the World Championship with a talented rider as Alex. Now let’s look at the last round of the Italian Championship.

Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

I did pretty well. Unfortunately, on Saturday I struggled a bit in the second enduro test, hitting a tree and losing at least one minute. On Sunday I started better making just a little mistake in the first enduro test, then I made a good comeback and I got the third step of the podium. I just have a bit of regret, because if there weren’t any problems with my back I could have finished second in the standing.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Oldrati and Salvini 2019 World Enduro Vice Champions

Diogo Ventura

It wasn’t an easy race. Very technical and fast special tests, on different ground. I’m quite satisfied with my placements: it was tough to be better in a hard-fought class like E2. I would like to thank Gianni Belloni and the whole Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team.

Gianni Belloni

Gianni Belloni

Team Manager

We started with the sixth place if Guarneri, but on Sunday he was more constant, recording good times in all the special tests. He finished third in the standing and if it weren’t for his physical problems I’m sure he would have done better. Diogo Ventura finished in the top ten of E2: it’s a good result because it is a tough class. Now we are preparing for the last challenge of the Italian Championship!

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
GP of France

Ambert, France

Enduro 2019, Round 7

Sunday 29 Sep 2019, 18:29 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 20 TM Factory Racing TM 1:05:47.21
2 Alex Salvini ITA 17 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +8.07
3 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 15 Beta Factory Team Beta +22.33
4 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 13 Privateer Beta +28.58
5 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 11 Privateer Sherco +42.42
6 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 10 TM Factory Racing TM +49.69
7 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 9 JET Husqvarna +57.36
8 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 8 Privateer Husqvarna +1:48.98
9 Davide Guarneri ITA 7 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +1:57.15
10 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 6 Beta Factory Team Beta +2:04.72
11 Christophe Nambotin 7 FRA 5 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +2:13.23
12 Christophe Charlier FRA 4 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2:21.31
13 Hugo Blanjoue 56 FRA 3 Privateer KTM +2:21.43
14 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 2 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2:23.34
15 David Abgrall 91 FRA 1 Privateer Beta +2:30.89
Saturday 28 Sep 2019, 20:12 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 20 Privateer Beta 1:08:22.13
2 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 17 Beta Factory Team Beta +19.86
3 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 15 TM Factory Racing TM +23.01
4 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 13 TM Factory Racing TM +36.69
5 Alex Salvini ITA 11 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +1:06.89
6 Andrea Verona 99 ITA 10 TM Racing Factory Enduro Team TM +1:18.78
7 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 9 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:34.81
8 Giacomo Redondi 81 ITA 8 Privateer Husqvarna +1:37.44
9 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 7 Privateer Sherco +1:39.40
10 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 6 JET Husqvarna +1:48.12
11 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 5 Privateer Husqvarna +2:05.48
12 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 4 Beta Factory Team Beta +2:11.83
13 David Abgrall 91 FRA 3 Privateer Beta +2:17.26
14 Antoine Meo FRA 2 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2:24.00
15 Christophe Charlier FRA 1 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2:49.10
Rider Standings
Sunday, 29 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Bradley FREEMAN 12 GBR 237 Privateer Beta
2 Steve HOLCOMBE 1 GBR 226 Beta Factory Team Beta
3 Daniel MCCANNEY 43 GBR 196 TM Factory Racing TM
4 Loic LARRIEU 4 FRA 147 TM Factory Racing TM
5 Alex SALVINI ITA 146 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda
6 Matteo CAVALLO 25 ITA 130 Privateer Sherco
7 Thomas OLDRATI 22 ITA 117 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
8 Christophe CHARLIER FRA 98 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
9 Benjamin HERRERA 78 CHI 83 Beta Factory Team Beta
10 Davide GUARNERI ITA 74 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
11 Giacomo REDONDI 81 ITA 73 Privateer Husqvarna
12 Antoine BASSET 18 FRA 66 Privateer Husqvarna
13 Eero REMES 34 FIN 52 Johansson MPE Yamaha
14 Joe WOOTTON 32 GBR 50 JET Husqvarna
15 Kirian MIRABET 38 SPA 21 RFME Junior Team Honda
16 Anthony GESLIN 64 FRA 20 Privateer Beta
17 Hugo BLANJOUE 56 FRA 20 Privateer KTM
18 Christophe NAMBOTIN 7 FRA 18 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
19 David ABGRALL 91 FRA 16 Privateer Beta
20 Andrea VERONA 99 ITA 13 TM Racing Factory Enduro Team TM
21 Rudy MORONI 90 ITA 9 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
22 Albin ELOWSON 6 SWE 9 Privateer Husqvarna
23 Antoine MEO FRA 7 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
24 Davide SORECA ITA 5 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
25 Diogo VENTURA 52 POR 1 Privateer Honda