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).

Christophe Charlier

Christophe Charlier

Saturday was a great race: I was slow in the first lap, but then I caught up again finishing third, very close to second. On Sunday I started good, but on lap two I crashed and I hurt my back. Unfortunately, I lose a lot of time, almost two minutes, and so I had a comeback race in order to get the best result I could.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Thomas Oldrati

Thomas Oldrati 22

Yesterday, I wasn’t in the best shape, but I pushed hard and managed to finish third. Today I had a nice head-to-head with Guarneri. I suffered in the cross test, instead I raced better in the cross and in the extreme. On the second lap I crashed in the enduro losing about 15 seconds. Anyway, I finished twice third and I’m happy because I was coming from a tough winter, with a dislocated shoulder and tendinitis. Thanks to the whole team and my family for the support.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Matteo Boffelli

Matteo Boffelli

Team Manager

Positive start with two podiums for Thomas and one for Charlier. Both our riders raced very good: Thomas was great, while Charlier made some mistakes in both the days and this has penalised his final result. We have shown to be a top team fighting for the top of the standing. We go back home with good results, but aware of our weaknesses and in this way we’ll work to improve.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

First race between light and shadow. On Saturday I had a good pace, but I threw away 20 seconds in the enduro 2 test, lap2, hitting a big branch. I made up time fighting for the podium when the chain came off and I lost a minute. It's a shame, but these are the races! On Sunday I was suffering a bit in the enduro test, while I was strong in the cross one, and I finished second. I’m happy because it was a good start and the team worked well. In this GP Freeman was unbeatable, but in the next races we’ll arrive even more competitive.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Podiums all round for Honda at first World Enduro round of 2019

Diogo Ventura

Unfortunately, on Saturday I crashed and a technical problem didn't allow me to finish the race. On Sunday I tried to have a constant pace, but the ground here in Germany is very different from the one I'm used to, and so I couldn't do better than the seventh final position.

Gianni Belloni

Gianni Belloni

Team Manager

After a Saturday of ups and downs, on Sunday Davide had a great day. He had talent and for sure he’ll give us a lot of satisfactions. Unfortunately, Ventura had to deal with a technical problem that stopped him on Saturday, while on Sunday he raced on a tough ground.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Alex Salvini

Alex Salvini

I left to win, but we missed the goal: these are the races and above all I’m happy with the final result. On Saturday there was a technical problem, while on Sunday it was better as I led all day long and fought to the end. We have proved to be ruler. Thanks to the team, who worked hard to solve the problems we had. Now let’s think about the next two races of the Italian Championship and the World Championship in Spain and in Portugal.

S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto
Podiums all round for Honda at first World Enduro round of 2019

Gino Sembenini

Germany doesn't really bring luck to Alex, who failed to reach the victory in both the days of the race. Unfortunately, on Saturday he lost four minutes replacing the cooling system hose. However, on Sunday he was racing constantly in the lead, but Remes got the better in the last special by just 16 hundredths of a second.Alex was very good, above all the race was on a wet and muddy ground, and he trained all winter long on hard and dry ground in view of next round of the World Championship. Now we go home determined to improve.

GP of Germany

Dahlen, Germany

Enduro 2019, Round 1

Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 19:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 20 Beta Factory Team Beta 1:12'44.13
2 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 17 Privateer Beta +43.53
3 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 15 TM Factory Racing TM +49.88
4 Eero Remes 34 FIN 13 Johansson MPE Yamaha +1'49.35
5 Alex Salvini ITA 11 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +1'49.51
6 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 10 TM Factory Racing TM +2'31.52
7 Davide Guarneri ITA 9 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +2'35.32
8 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 8 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2'52.69
9 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 7 Privateer Sherco +2'52.98
10 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 6 Beta Factory Team Beta +4'08.90
11 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 5 Privateer Husqvarna +4'12.30
12 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 4 JET Husqvarna +4'39.54
13 Christophe Charlier FRA 3 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +4'51.01
14 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +4'59.15
15 David Abgrall 91 FRA 1 Privateer Beta +5'01.42
16 Hugo Blanjoue 56 FRA 0 Privateer KTM +5'15.50
17 Edward Huebner 48 GER 0 Team Sturm Zschopau KTM +5'18.26
18 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 0 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM +5'45.67
19 Christian Brockel 71 GER 0 KTM GST Berlin KTM +6'02.32
20 Dennis Schroeter 57 GER 0 Privateer Husqvarna +6'02.72
Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 18:37 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 20 Beta Factory Team Beta 1:15'19.01
2 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 17 TM Factory Racing TM +1'07.36
3 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 15 Privateer Beta +1'31.71
4 Christophe Nambotin 7 FRA 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +2'24.91
5 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 11 TM Factory Racing TM +2'41.34
6 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 10 Privateer Sherco +3'03.60
7 Albin Elowson 6 SWE 9 Privateer Husqvarna +3'13.94
8 Christophe Charlier FRA 8 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +3'13.95
9 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 7 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +3'18.62
10 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 6 Beta Factory Team Beta +3'34.44
11 Giacomo Redondi 81 ITA 5 Privateer Husqvarna +3'36.62
12 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 4 Privateer Husqvarna +3'52.55
13 Davide Guarneri ITA 3 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +4'19.59
14 David Abgrall 91 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +4'31.48
15 Hugo Blanjoue 56 FRA 1 Privateer KTM +4'45.02
16 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 0 Privateer Beta +4'45.74
17 Rudy Moroni 90 ITA 0 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM +5'33.95
18 Dennis Schroeter 57 GER 0 Privateer Husqvarna +5'40.39
19 Kirian Mirabet 38 SPA 0 RFME Junior Team Honda +6'12.45
20 Andreas Beier 51 GER 0 Team Sturm KTM +6'38.37
Rider Standings
Sunday, 24 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Steve HOLCOMBE 1 GBR 40 Beta Factory Team Beta
2 Bradley FREEMAN 12 GBR 32 Privateer Beta
3 Daniel MCCANNEY 43 GBR 32 TM Factory Racing TM
4 Loic LARRIEU 4 FRA 21 TM Factory Racing TM
5 Matteo CAVALLO 25 ITA 17 Privateer Sherco
6 Thomas OLDRATI 22 ITA 15 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
7 Eero REMES 34 FIN 13 Johansson MPE Yamaha
8 Christophe NAMBOTIN 7 FRA 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
9 Davide GUARNERI ITA 12 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
10 Benjamin HERRERA 78 CHI 12 Beta Factory Team Beta
11 Christophe CHARLIER FRA 11 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
12 Alex SALVINI ITA 11 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda
13 Antoine BASSET 18 FRA 9 Privateer Husqvarna
14 Albin ELOWSON 6 SWE 9 Privateer Husqvarna
15 Giacomo REDONDI 81 ITA 5 Privateer Husqvarna
16 Joe WOOTTON 32 GBR 4 JET Husqvarna
17 David ABGRALL 91 FRA 3 Privateer Beta
18 Anthony GESLIN 64 FRA 2 Privateer Beta
19 Hugo BLANJOUE 56 FRA 1 Privateer KTM