The heat of the Italian sun ensured that the challenging 55km loop event organisers, Motoclub Lumezzane, laid out would prove to be a physical day of racing for all the 207 competitors entered.
Swapping his usual KTM 250 EXC-f for his trusted two-stroke KTM 125 EXC, Meo blasted his way to the overall victory at third round of the championship. KTM's Thomas Oldrati and Beta's Oscar Balletti chased him home for second and third respectively in the overall standings.
Oldrati benefitted from Albergoni's error to take the win in Enduro 1
In Enduro 1the focus of attention was the battle for top honors between Oldrati and the HM Honda's Simone Albergoni, who was returning from injury. Although setting the fastest times of the day, Albergoni was denied the win after picking up a costly one-minute penalty. With the Honda rider's progress in the time control between the paddock and the time keepers slowed due to the large volume of spectators in the area, his penalty pushed him back to second in class. Suzuki's Alessio Paoli completed the top three.
Giacomo Redondi (KTM) claimed victory in Enduro 2t placing ahead of Guido Conforti (Yamaha) and Honda's Nicholas Bruschi.
It was a hard earned win for Balletti in Enduro 2
Baletti faced a stiff challenge from the hard charging Fabio Mossini (KTM) for victory in Enduro 2. With the duo battling back and forth throughout the day, Balletti eventually emerged from the final test of the day as victor. With Mossini having to settle for second, Husqvarna's Alex Salvini recovered strongly from a costly fall during the opening lap to finish third.
KTM's Andrea Belotti narrowly beat Honda's Micheluz Mauritius by less than two seconds to record the win in Enduro 3. Mirko Gritti (KTM) placed third.
With Meo the first non-Italian home, Eero Remes (KTM) and Aigar Leok (TM) placed second and third in the foreigners class.
The Italian Championship continues with round four and five in Febbio on June 16/17.