Photo Credit: Robert Pairan
Matteo Pavoni proved the rider to beat at round three of the European Enduro Championship in Germany when he won both days of racing.
The young Italian, competing in the Junior E1 class, showed that Italians can ride sand too, when he led home the field of riders each time out in Burg.
For the third stop of the 2017 series, the European Enduro Championship took place in Burg featuring a 74-kilometre long course ridden three times per day.
Juniors claimed the top three overall placings on day one. Italian Mateo Pavoni (KTM) won the overall ranking in front of the Frenchman David Abgrall (Sherco) and his countryman Max Viall (Husqvarna). Behind them was Maurizio Micheluz (Husqvarna) in the fourth place in the overall.
The former overall champion from Italy is certainly no longer a Junior with his 34 years.
Best local hero from was reigning German champion Dennis Schröter in the fifth position.
Swede Andreas Linusson won the Senior-E1-Class beating former junior champion Jeremy Carpentier. The Dutchman Daan Bruijsten was third.
In the Senior E2 class, Jamie Lewis (Yamaha) won against local men Davide von Zitzewitz and the reigning European champion Marco Neubert.
Michelus topped the Seniors E3 over Schröter and Oscar Ballets. Rannar Usna, who had long been in second place, slid back to fourth.
As overall winner, Pavoni also won the Junior E1 Class, ahead of Sweden's Pontus Skoog and the Czech Republic's Krystof Kouble.
In the Juniors E2/E3 Class, Abgall took first place over Vial and Jean-Baptiste Nicolot.
With 33 riders starting the U20 class is one of the most successful youth-promotion of the FIM Europe. Swede Joakim Grelsson won in front of his countryman Calle Johansson and the French Neels Theric.
In the Veterans Over 40, the leader of the championship Arne Domeyer, injured his wrist after a crash, opening the way for the Finns Juha Puotsaari and Tero Koskinen, in front of the reigning champion Sebastian Krywult from Poland.
In the women class, Jessica Gardiner from Australia took a one-minute penalty but still won. Second was Marita Nyqvist from Finland followed by Sweden's Hanna Berzelius.
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Day two wasn’t perfect for Pavoni due to a crash in the endurotest. But regrouping strongly, the Italian fought his way back in front to secure his third victory in as many races in the series.
Second on the day was his fellow countryman Maurizio Micheluz. Joakim Grelsson was third overall.
In the Senior-class E1 it was Andreas Linusson who claimed his sixth win in a row. Second and third position went to Jeremy Carpentier and Daan Bruijsten.
In Senior E2, Brit Jamie Lewis won again. This time in front of Wesley Pittens and Oliver Nelson.
Second position in the overall resulted in victory in the Senior E3 for Micheluz. Schröter had a problem with his shoulder following a crash, but fought for third position, behind the Italian Oscar Balletti — who is still leading the championship in this class.
Joakim Grelsson topped the Junior Under 20 class. Calle Johansson was runner-up followed by Brit Alex Walton.
Overall winner Pavoni took victory in the Juniors E1. Second was Pontus Skoog and Krystof Kouble from Czech.
In the Juniors E2/E3 the podium was a French 1-2-3. Max Vial took the first position over David Abgrall and Isaac Devoulx.
Arne Domeyer bounced back on day two to win all but one special test and claim victory in the Veterans category. Second went to Janis Vinters from Estonia in front of Juha Potsaari from Finland.
The series concludes in 10 weeks for the final three-day competition in Gelnika, Slovakia from October 13-15.
Day 1 - Overall
Day 2 - Overall
Overall 2017 standings