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After an 11 year absence, the Italian Enduro Championship returns to Sicily this weekend for rounds three and four of the series.
Back in 2006 it was Stefan Merriman who did the business and this weekend it will be British man Nathan Watson, who aims to keep his win streak alive having dominated the opening two rounds a fortnight ago in Lignano.
The sandy tracks of Lignano will be long forgotten as enduro heads into the Sicilian mountains.
The enduro test will be a cluster of rocks, hard ground and hills at five kilometres long. An old stone quarry will mark the location of the extreme test while the cross test will be hard packed.
With a double win in Lignano Sabbiadoro Nathan Watson (KTM) starts as the early point’s leader and favourite.
After a great enduro debut French former MXGP Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna), currently in second place in the overall ranking, which will have to deal now with the real obstacles of the new discipline. The Sicilian terrain will be an interesting litmus test for the Husqvarna rider fro Corsica.
Third overall and the best Italian at Lignano is Maurizio Micheluz (Husqvarna), he also holds the leadership of the E3 class.
Adding in guys like Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna BBM), Simone Albergoni (KE Moto), Alex Salvini (Beta Motor) and Giacomo Redondi (Honda Redmoto), Matt Phillips (Sherco) among others means competition will be tight. Back in the mix will be Beta’s Steve Holcombe too.
Words: Italiano Enduro PR