The home Grand Prix is always a special one, with many expectations and a great desire to do well in front of the home audience – especially if you run in a land rich in enduro tradition, as Camonica Valley is.
Among smiles, applause and cheers of the many fans who arrived in Edolo (BS) for the GP of Italy, Honda RedMoto World Enduro Team raced an amazing competition, collecting three beautiful podiums and good placings.
Thomas Oldrati, who started the Italian weekend with an excellent fifth best time (the first in E2 class) in the Super Test. But this was just the appetiser: both days Oldrati was incredible, finishing with two outstanding podiums. On Saturday he took third position, within one second of the victory, while on Sunday he finished second after an incredible head-to-head with Salvini, losing the victory only at the last special test. It was an amazing performance that placed him fourth in EnduroGP too.
It was a positive race for Davide Guarneri in the E1 class, on his return to the races after a forced stop of almost four months due to the bad fall in the GP of Portugal in May. He fought like a lion, taking two fourth place finishes close to the top three.
In the E1 class, Alex Snow faced a tough GP: on Saturday he finished eighth because of some mistakes in the first part of the race, while on Sunday, when he was fighting for the fourth position against Guarneri, he was forced to withdraw from the last Enduro test after a rock hit his radiator.
In the J1 class it was two tough days for Emanuele Facchetti: on Saturday he was forced to stop due to a partial dislocation of the thumb on his right hand. On Sunday the pain did not allow him to keep a high pace, but he managed to finish close to the top ten.