european enduro championship Micheluz Maurizio I Husqvarna 1200

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Maurizio Michleuz has come out swinging for the final round of the European Enduro Championship in Slovakia to take the overall win on day one of three.

With Gelnica, Slovakia hosting the final round of the European Enduro Championship, Friday proved an exciting start to the three-day event.

With the overall title still to play for, Micheluz — two-time champion — meant business as he rode to victory.

For championship rivals Matteo Pavoni and Oscar Balletti it wasn’t such a perfect day. 

Seventh for Pavoni, saw his point’s lead reduced to just three from Micheluz, while a non-score for Balletti sees him dropping further back in the title hunt.

Micheluz passed his Italian countryman Balletti not only in the class rating, but also in the overall championship, and is now just three points behind Matteo Pavoni for overall honours. 

In the overall, Matteo Pavoni was able to defend his lead with a seventh position. Pavoni, who won Junior E1, extends his championship lead.

In the senior class E1 the current leader, Andreas Linusson from Sweden, didn’t risk anything and finished fifth position. 

His challenger Daan Bruijsten from Holland did not manage so well and was ninth. Now 34 points ahead, Linusson is on target to clinch the title.

In the senior class E2 the reigning champion Marco Neubert not only won for the first time this year, but also pulled nine points against the leader of the championship, Jamie Lewis. 

The two riders are now separated by 14 points for the remaining two days.

 

european enduro championship Pavoni Matteo I KTM

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In the senior class E3, Maurizio Micheluz took the lead in the championship as a result of his overall win and the non-score of Oscar Balletti. Balletti will be back with a repaired bike for day two. Rally-ace Stefan Svitko claimed second in class.

In the Women class, Australia’s Jessica Gardiner fought hard for the win. Along with dealing with a shoulder injury, Gardiner had her race bike stolen from her van two nights ago.

As a result she made a last-minute switch from four-stroke to two-stroke for the event.

For day two, the same course will be repeated. Times controls will be slackened slightly to allow more time on Saturday. Sunday — the season finale — will feature an ISDE style motocross race.

The championship-fight in the class for the Junior U20 class could become more interesting. The promotor of the European Enduro Championship, Wolfgang Butzner, has put into special prizes. 

The winner will receive an Easi-Up Tent, with second and third position taking home a set of Metzeler enduro tyres for their bikes.