With Latvia marking the third round of the four event series, competitors of the EEC faced an extremely hot and demanding race. As temperatures soared to 30 degrees Celsius riders enjoyed a mixture of varied special tests. A sandy cross test and a quarry based enduro test ensured a perfect balance of terrain to suit all abilities.
Continuing from where he left off one-week earlier in Estonia, Finland’s Roni Nikander (KTM) again topped Enduro 1. Setting the fastest time in eight of the day’s nine special tests, Nikander placed 14 seconds in front of Portugal’s Luis Oliveira (Yamaha). Germany’s Edward Hubner (Yamaha) overhauled his fellow countryman Andreas Beier (KTM) to steal third on the final special test.
Building on his results from Estonia, Belgium’s Cedric Cremer (KTM) fought off a close challenge from Italy’s Diego Nicoletto (Beta) to secure the win in Enduro 2. With Nicoletto in second, Holland’s Mark Wassink (KTM) placed three seconds behind the duo in third.
Performing at his best, Estonia’s Aigar Leok comfortably topped the Enduro 3 class. Unable to match the pace set by Leok, Italy’s Maurizio Micheluz (Honda) placed a distant second with Sweden’s Jonas Karlsson (KTM) rounding out the top three.
Sweden’s Martin Larsson (Husaberg) remains the rider to beat in Junior E1 as the young Swede set a blistering pace to secure his third win in a row. Finding the conditions more to his liking, Italy’s Tomasso Montanari (KTM) was second with Finland’s Kimmo Hurri (KTM) in third.
In Junior E2/E3 the race for overall honours was a tight affair between Italy’s Gianluca Martini (Beta) and Estonia’s Martin Leok (KTM). With Leok setting the pace during the opening lap, Martini overhauled him during the final lap to record the win. Completing the top three, Poland’s Pawel Szymkowski (KTM) was third.