The new season of the European Enduro Championship started this weekend at Fabriano (Italy), around 200 kms North-East of Rome.
Day1 – The first winner in this competition was Italian Alessandro Battig (photo2). The European champion Matteo Pavoni was fighting against his countrymen Maurizio Micheluz and Alessandro Battig. Not so strong at the beginning, Pavoni increased in the last five special tests, but Micheluz and Battig were already too far ahead. This year Battig is riding a 450cc Kawasaki instead of the smaller 250cc as in the last seasons, which helped him to win the overall.
Micheluz was second and won the new 250-2-stroke class, while the former Junior champion Pavoni was third in the overall and won the over 250 cc 2-stroke class.
Fourth position for Lorenzo Macoritto, who won the Junior class ahead of Czech Krystof Kouble, first not Italian rider.
The Women’s class was held on three laps of 65 kms instead of four and the winner was 2015 champion Sanna Kärkkäinen from Finland. “It was quite hard sometimes: I had to overtake so many riders, because I was starting so late“, she commented in the evening.
A big number of Scandinavian riders attended the start of championship and most of them had no chance for training at home, because of ice and snow in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
Day 2 – On Sunday, the Jury cut the distance for all riders to 3 laps, because of the weather forecast.
The local hero Alessandro Battig snatched the overall victory again. Maurizio Micheluz was the fastest at the start, but then the Husqvarna rider made some mistakes in the enduro-test and finished only fourth behind his team-mate Matteo Pavoni (the podium in photo3).
Second position for a new young rider: Lorenzo Macoritto, who was also the winner in the Junior class E2/E3 with his Husqvarna 2 strokes, ahead of French Hugo Blanjoue.
In the Women’s class Sanna Kärkkainen from Finland won again, while Dutch Nina Klink felt more and more at her ease on her 4-stroke-bike and finished in second position. Up to now Klink was racing with 2 stroke motorcycles and this was her first race the KTM 350cc 4 stroke.
In the Senior class Polish rider Sebastian Krywult on KTM won both days, so as Italian 18 year old Claudio Spanu did in the Junior class.
Photo Credit: Robert Pairan
Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/497