Although blazing sunshine greeted the competitors on day two in Paikuse, the physically demanding conditions soon began to take its toll. With the 65km loop becoming increasingly degraded, exhausted riders battled their way through numerous bog holes on the liaison sections and a deeply rutted extreme test.
Continuing from where he left off on day one, Finland’s Ronni Nikander (KTM) made short work of the tricky terrain to secure his second victory of the weekend in Enduro 1. Closing the gap to with 13 seconds of Nikander, Norway’s Kjetil Gundersen (Honda) finished closely behind in second. Germany’s Edward Hubner (Yamaha) rounded out the top three.
In Enduro 2, Belgium’s Cedric Cremer improved on his previous day’s result of second to grab the win. Holland’s Robin Nijkamp (KTM) placed solidly all day to finish second while day one winner; Mark Wassink (KTM) dropped two places to end his day in third.
Home favourite, Estonia’s Aigar Leok was in dominant form in Enduro 3 and recorded an easy win by setting the fastest time in all of the day’s nine special tests. Behind him, Sweden’s Jonas Karlsson (KTM) rode a lonely race to finish runner up to Leok. Ending his day in third, Italy’s Maurizio Micheluz (Honda) maintained his lead in the Enduro 3 championship.
Mastering the muddy conditions, Sweden’s Oliver Nelson (KTM) capped of a successful weekend in Estonia with victory in the Junior Under 20 class. Finishing over two minutes adrift of the Swede, Patrik Markvart (KTM) pipped third placed Italy’s Guido Conforti (Yamaha) by nine seconds to secure the runner up position.
Britain's Jack Rowland impressed all with second in Junior E1... © Robert Pairan
Sweden’s Martin Larsson (Husaberg) remained undefeated in Junior E1 to claim his second win of the weekend and with it inherit the championship lead. Recording his best result of the season, Britain’s Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) relished in the muddy conditions to finish second. Sweden’s Emil Gustavsson (KTM) completed the top three.
Matching his previous day’s performance, Estonia’s Martin Leok (KTM) topped off a triumphant weekend with a winning result in Junior E2/E3. Slovakia’s Thomas Hostinsky (Husaberg) was second with Sweden’s Tommi Sjostrom (KTM) in third.
Austrian Werner Muller (KTM) won the Veteran’s class while Finland’s Marita Nyqvist topped the Women’s class.
The European Enduro Championship continues with round three in Latvia on July 28/29.