ENDURO21.COM RIDER OF THE YEAR 2016

Better known for competing on four strokes in EnduroGP, The Wall Extreme Enduro was one of the first times we saw Alex Salvini swing a leg over a two-stroke in competitive anger.

And with a clear win in the morning’s prologue it was a change that quickly worked for him. Unfortunately a crash in the night part of the event ruled him out of contention, but before that all happened we caught up with Alex and Beta to get a closer look at what he was running in Italy…

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Alex Salvini

"The last time I raced a two-stroke bike was way back in 2006. It was a Suzuki RM 250 which I used for Supercross racing. When I signed with Beta, I also got an RR 300. It's such a great bike. I have it at home and normally use it for motocross racing. I really enjoy riding the two-stroke to work on my aggression and speed.

"We spent some time at The Wall to find the correct suspension set-up in the morning. When the race kicked off I got a great feeling on the two-stroke bike. Winning the morning prologue session proved that I can be competitive on it. Unfortunately a big crash in the night's extreme test reduced all chances for a good final result at The Wall.”

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Alex’s mechanic Ivan Zanone runs through the set up on his Beta RR 300 for The Wall Extreme Enduro…

Taken from the Racing edition models, the suspension is Sachs front and rear. Alex hasn’t strayed too far from his EnduroGP settings for this extreme race. He likes his set up harder than people would expect, especially for this type of race. The closed cartridge fork is harder than standard with a progressive feel. The initial part of the stroke is quite sensitive. 

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The rear shock is set harder than standard too, though not quite in the same way as the fork. Again the first part of the stroke is sensitive to allow more feeling over the smaller bumps. With his riding the style, the harder shock allows the rear end to move more.

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We’ve modified the cylinder and cylinder head to increase power across the range. This has been matched with a different CDI mapping. Overall there’s about a 5% difference, more torque and a 2Hp increase across the board. It’s not massive, just more linear and more responsive on the throttle. The exhaust is as standard.

Gearing wise we run a 13/49 front and rear ZF sprocket with a DID Gold O-Ring chain. The TM Designs chain guide prevents derailing. There is a Beta Hardware Parts protector fitted to the clutch.

Alex is a big guy, one of the biggest in enduro, so we’ve worked on little stuff to make things more comfortable for him. We moved the foot pegs back 5mm and raised the gear changer. He runs a tall set of Reikon handlebars. The seat foam has been packed in to raise the seat height by 3cm too.

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We used Metzler tyres and mooses for this race. In the morning race Alex ran a 6-Days Extreme on the rear and then a softer compound for the night race. For the night race we used an old moose to give a softer feeling.

Wiring was stripped back to provide only the basics - a working light, kill switch and mapping.

Additional finishes to complete the build include red rad hoses, cut back rear fender, Geco triple clamps, quick pull front axle and Galfer discs.

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