With the championship introducing a new promoter for 2012, Wolfgang Butzner, the series will witness a number of new changes in Italy. With over 200 competitors entered from 15 different nations, riders will experience a permanent starting-ramp, professional winners'-ceremony, live-timing and a course that's on par with the enduro world championship.
Classes have also been revised with a veteran's class introduced to run alongside the already established E1, E2 and E3 Senior and Junior classes plus the Women's class. New for 2012 is a 125cc two-stroke class for competitors under twenty years of age, while Italy will also host a 125cc four-stroke and 50cc trophy classes.
As rider #1 Britain's Jack Rowland (MPS Husqvarna) will start the 2012 European Enduro Championship
Of those expected to challenge for top honours in the Junior classes includes Enduro 1 riders Jack Rowland (Husqvarna), Martin Larsson (Husaberg), Luis Oliveria (Yamaha) and Enduro 2/3 riders Robert Kvarnstrom (Beta) and Carl Sjoo (Honda).
In the Senior classes it is Enduro 3's Maurizio Micheluz (Honda) that enters Arsie as a hot favorite. The Italian is a rider on form at the moment and based on his recent pair of sixth place results at the Enduro World Championship GP of Portugal, Micheluz will be the rider that everyone including Amel Advokaat (KTM), Miro Gritti (KTM), Xavier Soultrait (Yamaha), Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) and Mark Wassink (KTM) will be aiming to beat.
However, with a provisional entry by TM's Aigar Leok, who's currently third overall in this year's Enduro 3 World Championship, also on the cards the opening round of this year's European Enduro Championship in Italy is set to be a scorcher.