It was a strong weekend for Honda in the fourth round of the EnduroGP championship in Serres, Greece, despite the riders having to battle strong heat, high temperatures, sun and a pair of rainstorms.
Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro Team’s Thomas Oldrati put in an amazing performance over the weekend to claim third in the E1 class and fourth in Enduro GP on Saturday, while Sunday he was second in both classes. Oldrati also managed to claim two E1 wins and one in EnduroGP.
Team mate Christophe Charlier suffered from a lot of bad luck on Saturday. He was leading the E2 class and was in podium contention in the EnduroGP class but the bike did not start at the beginning of the last cross test. Eager to reclaim the lost positions on Sunday, Charlier put in a masterful performance to win the E2 class and claim fifth in EnduroGP.
After stepping onto the podium at the GP of Spain, Davide Guarneri (Honda RedMoto Lunigiana Team) arrived in Greece ready to replicate that success. Although he had to deal with a difficult ground and a tough extreme test, he showed good pace and finished fourth on both days.
It was a tough weekend for Guarneri’s team mate Davide Soreca, who finished the weekend with eighth on Saturday and seventh on Sunday.
It was a weekend of two extremes for Alex Salvini, racing for Team S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda-RedMoto, after he was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s racing with a dislocated shoulder.
Salvini had been leading the E2 class and was fourth in EnduroGP. He went to the hospital where doctors had to intervene under general anaesthetic after three hours of useless attempts.
Determined not to give up, Salvini heroically decided to race on Sunday, despite the pain, and managed to finish fifth – enough to maintain his overall leadership of the E2 championship.
There is no rest for Honda’s EnduroGP teams as they head straight to Rovetta in Italy for the fifth round of the World Enduro Championship (22-23 June).