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).

Alex Salvini

Alex Salvini

I could have won on Saturday but I made too many mistakes that compromised the final result. On Sunday, however, I started off badly: at the first lap the bike switched off in the Extreme Test and I crashed in the Enduro. From then on I struggled to find the pace because I lost feeling, but during the last lap I pushed a lot to get an unexpected win. It was hard but I’m very satisfied!

S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto
Salvini re-takes E2 leadership at Czech Republic EnduroGP round

Gino Sembenini

Beautiful victory for Alex on the second day of the race. He showed all his worth, struggling to get an important result in view of the final, where he’ll race against the French Loic Larrieu. On Saturday he made some mistakes finishing sixth. Now we return to Italy determined to work even harder to be ready for the grand finale. Together we will do everything we can to achieve a great result.

Thomas Oldrati

Thomas Oldrati 22

Tough race and Special Test, especially the Enduro one. On Saturday I struggled to get a good pace and I finished fourth. On Sunday I start well keeping the pace and finishing third so close to Cavallo. There is still little room for the second place in the standing, but I will play it until the last in France. I want to thank the whole team for the great job and Fiamme Oro Group for its support.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Christophe Charlier

Christophe Charlier

Not bad the first day, while on Sunday I struggled to find the pace on a tougher ground. Now we have only a few days to train in view of the last round in France.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Matteo Boffelli

Matteo Boffelli

Team Manager

Race weekend with very technical and long Special Test: we struggled more in the first day, while on Sunday we managed to improve. Oldrati fought all day long for the second position and in the end he nearly lost it. Charlier was more in trouble: it will be important to work hard to get more competitive at the GP of France.

Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team
Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Saturday went well: I kept up a good pace throughout the day and I finished third. On Sunday I suffered from back pain and I made two big mistakes in the Extreme Test and in the Enduro Test. Now let’s focus on the final test in France, aiming to perform well.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
Salvini re-takes E2 leadership at Czech Republic EnduroGP round

Diogo Ventura

Tough Saturday, while on Sunday a discreet top-ten. The Enduro Test and the Cross Test were very long and with many difficulties: rocks, sand, stones covered with moss, mud, water, holes, trunks and passages through woods. Thank you to Gianni Belloni and Team Lunigiana Honda-RedMoto for this new experience.

Gianni Belloni

Gianni Belloni

Team Manager

Unfortunately, Guarneri did not train in the summer break due to the back pain. On Saturday he got a good third position, while on Sunday he struggled a little more. Uphill experience for Ventura, who replace Soreca in France too.

Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team
GP of Czech Republic

Uhlirske Janovice, Czech Republic

Enduro 2019, Round 6

Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 16:02 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 20 Privateer Beta 59:59.13
2 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 17 Beta Factory Team Beta +36.12
3 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 15 TM Factory Racing TM +55.95
4 Alex Salvini ITA 13 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +1:21.86
5 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 11 TM Factory Racing TM +1:35.02
6 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 10 Privateer Sherco +1:47.84
7 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 9 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:50.18
8 Giacomo Redondi 81 ITA 8 Privateer Husqvarna +1:52.78
9 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 7 Beta Factory Team Beta +2:01.24
10 Christophe Charlier FRA 6 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2:03.25
11 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 5 JET Husqvarna +2:11.17
12 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 4 Privateer Husqvarna +2:24.77
13 Andrea Verona 99 ITA 3 TM Racing Factory Enduro Team TM +2:49.13
14 Davide Guarneri ITA 2 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +3:20.12
15 Kirian Mirabet 38 SPA 1 RFME Junior Team Honda +3:34.20
Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 16:52 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Bradley Freeman 12 GBR 20 Privateer Beta 1:01:18.48
2 Steve Holcombe 1 GBR 17 Beta Factory Team Beta +32.27
3 Daniel McCanney 43 GBR 15 TM Factory Racing TM +53.26
4 Joe Wootton 32 GBR 13 JET Husqvarna +1:06.68
5 Matteo Cavallo 25 ITA 11 Privateer Sherco +1:10.86
6 Loic Larrieu 4 FRA 10 TM Factory Racing TM +1:18.64
7 Alex Salvini ITA 9 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda +1:36.69
8 Christophe Charlier FRA 8 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +1:58.59
9 Benjamin Herrera 78 CHI 7 Beta Factory Team Beta +1:58.82
10 Davide Guarneri ITA 6 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda +2:07.06
11 Thomas Oldrati 22 ITA 5 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda +2:15.22
12 Antoine Basset 18 FRA 4 Privateer Husqvarna +2:32.21
13 Kirian Mirabet 38 SPA 3 RFME Junior Team Honda +2:45.28
14 David Abgrall 91 FRA 2 Privateer Beta +2:52.17
15 Anthony Geslin 64 FRA 1 Privateer Beta +2:59.23
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Bradley FREEMAN 12 GBR 204 Privateer Beta
2 Steve HOLCOMBE 1 GBR 194 Beta Factory Team Beta
3 Daniel MCCANNEY 43 GBR 171 TM Factory Racing TM
4 Alex SALVINI ITA 118 S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto Honda
5 Loic LARRIEU 4 FRA 114 TM Factory Racing TM
6 Matteo CAVALLO 25 ITA 112 Privateer Sherco
7 Thomas OLDRATI 22 ITA 106 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
8 Christophe CHARLIER FRA 93 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
9 Benjamin HERRERA 78 CHI 73 Beta Factory Team Beta
10 Davide GUARNERI ITA 67 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
11 Giacomo REDONDI 81 ITA 65 Privateer Husqvarna
12 Antoine BASSET 18 FRA 53 Privateer Husqvarna
13 Eero REMES 34 FIN 52 Johansson MPE Yamaha
14 Joe WOOTTON 32 GBR 35 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 17 Privateer KTM
18 Christophe NAMBOTIN 7 FRA 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas
19 David ABGRALL 91 FRA 12 Privateer Beta
20 Rudy MORONI 90 ITA 9 KTM Farioli Supported Team KTM
21 Albin ELOWSON 6 SWE 9 Privateer Husqvarna
22 Davide SORECA ITA 5 Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team Honda
23 Antoine MEO FRA 5 Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team Honda
24 Andrea VERONA 99 ITA 3 TM Racing Factory Enduro Team TM
25 Diogo VENTURA 52 POR 1 Privateer Honda