After an extended summer break, the Enduro World Championship roared back into action this weekend in Uhlirske Janovice, Czech Republic.
The well-organised Grand Prix featured a route of 60km that was repeated three times a day with three different special tests: one Extreme Test of about 1,000 metres, one Enduro test of 6,500 meters and one Cross Test of about 5,000 metres. All of the special tests were technical and selective, especially the Enduro with soft ground, roots, rocks and large boulders covered with slimy moss.
It was a great event for Alex Salvini, who re-took the leadership of the E2 standings. Salvini started the weekend with a trip to the third step of the podium on Saturday, before following this up with a fourth sensational victory on Sunday with the Honda-RedMoto CRF450RX Enduro of Team S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto.
This was enough to move him back to the top of the E2 class standings, two points ahead of Frenchman Loic Larrieu. On top of this, Salvini achieved his victory despite physical problems in right shoulder, which has been dislocated twice in three weeks. Salvini will be having surgery at the end of the season to correct this.
It was a positive race for Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team’s Thomas Oldrati with the Honda-RedMoto CRF250RX Enduro, who finished fourth on Saturday and second on Sunday in the E1 class. Oldrati was looking for the best feeling in a tough Special Test and was on the verge of the podium on the first day. On Sunday, he immediately found the pace and finished third.
Meanwhile, team mate Christophe Charlier finished one place shy of the podium on Saturday with his Honda-RedMoto CRF 450RX Enduro in the E2 class, and a few mistakes on Sunday saw him finish fifth.
Also in the E1 class, Davide Guarneri (Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team) started the weekend positively with sixth position in Friday afternoon’s Supertest. Saturday saw him claim third position in class thanks to consistent top-five results. However, it was a tough Sunday for Guarneri as he was slowed down by severe back pain.
Portuguese rider Diogo Ventura replaced Davide Soreca for this event and faced a tough Saturday, where he was forced to withdraw after a fall. On Sunday he finished tenth.
The next event for Honda’s Enduro teams will be the final round of the EnduroGP 2019 season in Ambert, France (27-28 September).