It was a great start for Honda in Germany, with podiums all round at the first round of the 2019 Enduro World Championship – hosted by the town of Dahlen, about 150km from Berlin.
Competitors faced a tough route with two enduro tests, one cross test and one extreme test – a total of 400km raced in good weather conditions.
There were strong performances in the E1 class from Thomas Oldrati (Team Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team) and Davide Guarneri (Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team).
Guarneri was extremely fast in the twenty-five special tests, topping the times in seven of them. Battling hard with fellow CRF rider Oldrati, Guarneri finished the two days fourth and second, while Oldrati twice finished third. The pair are now both second in the championship, tied on points with Cavallo also.
It was the big debut for Christophe Charlier (Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team) and the Honda-RedMoto CRF450RX Enduro in the E2 class. The Frenchman finished third on Saturday, however he unfortunately lost two minutes on Sunday due to a bad crash and finished seventh. Meanwhile, Diogo Ventura (who was racing in place of Guarneri’s injured team mate Davide Soreca) was unfortunately forced to withdraw on Saturday, but finished 11th on Sunday.
It was also the first World Enduro round that Alex Salvini was back on CRF machinery. Although the S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto rider struggled on the Saturday (finishing 9th in the E2 class), the Italian showed that he’s a force to be reckoned with and climbed onto the second step of the podium the next day.
The next competition for the teams will be the second round of the Italian Championship, held in Arma di Taggia (31 March).