The European Enduro Championship enters the second half of the season this weekend in Skövde, Sweden with Italian Alessandro Battig leading the overall series.
Battig currently leads overall by 14 points ahead of the French Junior, Hugo Blanjoue. Both riders are among a select few competing the European and EnduroGP series' with KTM rider, Blanjoue, motivated after a day win at round two in Bacau.
As ever on home soil the Swedish riders will be ones to look out for as well with Oliver Nelson and Martin Larsson heading a long list of riders in each class. Nelson sits second in the four-stroke, over 250cc class behind the overall leader Battig. Larsson is similarly second in the two-stroke, over 250cc behind Czech rider Jiri Hadek. One local rider missing from the entry will be Erik Appelqvist who is unfortunately out with injury.
Hugo Blanjoue heads to Sweden a title challenger
Eriksson back in action
One major guest riders this weekend will be seven-time world champion Anders Eriksson who’s very much the local rider, living in the region. 45-year-old Eriksson will compete in the senior class.
The third of four rounds in the 2018 schedule is based from paddock at the Skövde Arena where, for the first time ever in the European Championship, there will be a prologue on Friday evening.
On Saturday and Sunday the three laps start daily from 9am with three special stages and the two time checks also in the Arena.
Two cross tests and an enduro test make up the lap with the finish line right next to the starting area.
More than 180 riders are competing in the different classes including a healthy entry in the women’s class.
Live timing for the weekend is at: nts-timing.se
For more information on the European Championship: european-enduro.com
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org