The third round of the European Enduro Championships kicks off this weekend in Burg, Germany.
Similar to the previous round in Estonia last month, the German round will be set in relatively flat terrain with no mountains or uphills. The track will still be physically tiring for all competitors however, at approximately 80km long and 95% of that offroad.
The ground is predominantly sandy. In the forests it can get very bumpy, mix that with lots of tree roots and you have a really tough enduro. The local riders will have a slight advantage as this location has been usedin the German Championship for over 20 years.
Every three laps there will be one motocross and two enduro tests. This adds up to over one hour of tests. In addition, the start will be in the center of the town in order to present enduro to the spectators.
A total of 160 riders will participate this weekend. The championship leader overall, Italian Oscar Balletti, comes into the round with a respectable lead in front of his countryman Matteo Pavoni. The Junior Pavoni won the second day in Estonia, while Balletti was not particularly successful. Even favourite is the reigning German champion Dennis Schröter, who has already proved himself as a wildcard in Estonia. In Germany he is well known as a specialist in this sandy terrain.
This should not impress the Swede Andreas Linusson: The KTM rider has had won all races so far in the E1 class and it seems as if he wants to continue this until he reaches the title.
The local german riders will be the biggest rivals for the Brit Jaimie Lewis in the E2 class: The current champion Marco Neubert as well as Davide von Zitzewitz will certainly benefit from their home advantage.
In the E3 class, Oscar Balletti's lead in the E3 championship is not as dominant. Rannar Uusna from Estonia could be dangerous to him in the championship, because he is used to such conditions.