With Sherco, Husqvarna and KTM rolling out their full line up of factory riders in France, the 2017 international extreme enduro season is ready to kick off with a bang with the 24MX Alestrem.

Now in it’s third edition, Jonny Walker enters Alestrem looking to make it a hat trick for KTM.

Fresh off back-to-back race wins in England, Graham Jarvis has clearly picked up 2017 where he left off 2016 by winning. Can he make it three wins in as many weekends?

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The sensation of Alestrem in 2016, Wade Young almost claimed his debut victory with Sherco in the first time of asking. Back in action following his Sea to Sky injury, Young will be hunting down a home win for his team bosses.

So too will Mario Roman, who makes an eagerly awaited outdoor debut with Sherco in France. Gelling well with his new stead in superenduro, he’ll be keen to impress this weekend.

Making his first international ride with Husqvarna in France, newly-signed Billy Bolt is sure to shake things up. Runner-up to Jarvis last weekend proves he’s on top form and ready to do the business.

Ensuring this weekend is too tough to call, Alfredo Gomez starts Alestrem with the intention of making 2017 his year. With 2016 wins in Minas Riders and Hixpania, a narrow defeat to Jarvis at the Roof of Africa, plus a pair of SuperEnduro podium results, indicate that Gomez might just be the rider to watch right now.

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Red Bull Sea to Sky winner Lars Enockl will be out in force too and is more than capable of making his presence felt.

Home interest is strong too, with plenty of top French talent ready to take some of the world’s best extreme enduro riders

Pierre Pallut, France’s top extreme guy will be in the game and after finishing at the foot of the podium in the first edition, he sees his place on this year. With top rides at the Erzberg Rodeo, the Romaniacs and the Enduo, Pierre is one of the best French representatives. He’s joined the 24MX Hard Enduro Team this year with his teammate Yannick Marpinard. 

With a jam-packed entry of almost 450 riders, 2017 extreme enduro begins in France.

Racing starts Saturday with a series of morning qualifiers followed by a night-time prologue in the town centre. Sunday is the feature race.

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