The third round of the Enduro World Championship, held in Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, was another successful one for Honda with podiums for Alex Salvini, Thomas Oldrati and Davide Guarneri.
The weekend started cold with heavy rain, but the sun came out for Saturday and Sunday’s tests, raising the temperatures to create a tough race for all. The GP of Spain, coming just days after the last outing in Portugal, consisted of three tests: one Extreme test on hard ground, one Cross test in the marshes and one soft Enduro, for a total of one hour and a half of race interspersed with long passages between pine and eucalyptus forests.
After the double success in Portugal, Salvini (S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto) started the weekend with second place in Friday’s Supertest. He continued this form, despite picking up a contusion to the right knee on Saturday, to come away with two second-place finishes in the E2 class. On top of this, Salvini still leads the overall E2 standings.
Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro Team’s Oldrati started the weekend in the best possible way, with a resounding victory in Friday’s Supertest. Saturday saw him record the best time in the first Special test and finish the others in the top five of the E1 class every time, resulting in a second place class result. Sunday was a more challenging day, where he missed the top three by a small margin.
Meanwhile team mate Christophe Charlier, competing in the E2 class with the Honda-RedMoto CRF450RX Enduro, finished the weekend with a double fourth in class, due to some crashes that prevented him from aiming for the podium.
It was also a good weekend for the Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team and Davide Guarneri, who put in a masterful performance on Sunday to take second in the E1 class and seventh in the overall EnduroGP. Saturday was unfortunately characterised by a fourth position due a crash in the first Special Extreme test, in which he lost more than a minute before being able to make a painful restart. Thanks to the points gained, Guarneri has strengthened his second position in the E1 standing.
It was a tough race for team mate Davide Soreca in the hard-fought E2 class, who finished eighth on both days. The young Italian has shown good improvements with the new Honda-RedMoto CRF300RX Enduro in his second race.
The next race for Honda’s Enduro riders will be the fifth round of the Enduro Italian Championship in Sant’Angelo, Vado (1-2 June).