Italy's Mirko Gritti (KTM) ended his participation in the opening round of the EEC at Arsie on a high when he held his nerve on a muddy final lap to record his second overall victory of the weekend.
With the 231 strong competitors entered facing an overcast start to day two of the championship, the clouds eventually broke as riders started their final lap of three. Heavy rain quickly turned the dry and almost dusty terrain into a slippery muddy track. Day one winner Gritti benefited from a fall by race leader Poland's Michal Szuster (TM) on the final special test of the day to claim top honours in the overall classification by less than one-second.
In the Enduro 1 classifications Szuster secured a well-deserved victory over runner up Portugal's Luis Oliveira (Yamaha). Taking control of the lead at the end of lap one, Szuster maintained his advantage to place five seconds ahead of Oliveira. Day one winner Alessio Paoli (Suzuki) finished third.
Belgium's Cedric Cremer improved on his previous day's result of second in Enduro 2 to claim the win on day two. Winning all but two of the day's special tests, Cremer comfortably placed ahead of Britain's Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) in second. With a third place on day one and then second on day two, Lewis made an impressive start to his debut EEC season. Unable to repeat his winning performance from day one, Italy's Diego Nicoletti (Beta) was third.
Both Mirko Gritti and Maurizio Micheluz (Honda) battled hard for victory in Enduro 3. With Gritti holding a narrow advantage over his fellow countryman throughout the day, Micheluz put in a late charge in the final moments of the day to finish as runner up less than three seconds behind Gritti. Finishing over one-minute adrift of the leading duo, Germany's Derrick Goerner (Husaberg) placed third.
TM's Jacopo Cerutti topped his weekend off with a win in Enduro 1 Junior. Improving on his previous day's result, Sweden's Martin Larsson (Husaberg) jumped one place to finish second. Ending day one in tenth, Britain's Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) was the surprise result on day two when he finished third.
Setting the fastest time in all but one of the day's special tests, Gianluca Martini (Beta) recorded his second win of the weekend in Enduro 2/3 Junior. Placing fifth on day one, Estonia's Martin Leok, brother of EWC competitor Aigar, pipped Slovakia's Thomas Hostinsky (Husaberg) to finish second. After a crash filled opening test, Hostinsky battled back to end his day third.
Italy's Guido Conforti (Yamaha) recorded another commanding win in Junior Under 20 while Germany's Heike Petrick (KTM) made it two wins from two starts in the Women's class.