Kawasaki riding home-boy, Alessandro Battig wins season-opening European Enduro Championship round in Fabriano, Italy.

 

In what could almost be a continuation of the Italian championship, the opening EEC round saw last year’s overall champion Matteo Pavoni fighting against his countrymen Maurizio Micheluz and Alessandro Battig for outright victory. Battig, this year riding a 450cc Kawasaki after switching from a 250cc. 

 

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Micheluz finished second overall and won the new 250 two-stroke class, while the former Junior Pavoni was third overall and won the over 250cc two-stroke class.

Fourth position in the overall results went the way of another Italian, Lorenzo Macoritto, who bagged the win in the Juniors.

 

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Best ‘non-Italian’ was Czech rider, Krystof Kouble. The runner-up in Juniors in 2017 finished fifth overall in Fabriano and again second in the class, behind Macoritto.

While the main classes had four laps of 65km, the Women had one lap less where former Champion (2015), Sanna Kärkkäinen from Finland, won. “It was quite hard sometimes. I had had to overtake so many riders because I was starting so late,” she commented. 

Due to ranking her start position was lower down the order but for the next round her championship points will give her a better position.

 

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The healthy number of Scandinavian and Swedish riders entered struggled against the local riders having had little or no chance for training at home with ice and snow still covering the ground.

For the second day, Sunday, the jury cut the distance for all riders to 3 laps, because of the weather forecast.

Round one results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Championship 2018 Dates:

  • April 14-15 Fabriano, Italy 
  • May 19-20 Bacau, Romania 
  • August 11-12 Skövde, Sweden 
  • September 14-16 Kielce, Poland 

 

For more information visit: european-enduro.com