World Enduro Super Series announces eight championship dates for 2019 season with a fresh look to the calendar.
Announcing its second season dates, the World Enduro Super Series has confirmed an eight round series with event changes and a fresh look as it evolves for 2019.
Three events are dropped from the 2018 calendar in favour of two new Classic Enduros, in Italy and Spain, and a season-closer Hard Enduro in Germany. That gives the 2019 WESS season a broader spread of racing across European countries and series organisers have clearly taken a look at the type and spread of races for its second year.
The events dropped from the 2018 calendar are the Red Bull Megawatt and Knock Out races plus the Gotland Grand National. We expected some evolution of the series which sets out to claim an all-round enduro champion capable of excelling across different disciplines.
While it is a shame to see Megawatt drops off the calendar (it is a popular event with riders), the Gotland mud and Dutch beach races had a separate feel to them which saw at least some of the leading riders not competing in 2018.
Replacing them are events in Italy (venue/race yet to be confirmed) and Solsona Enduro in Spain which is an established Classic Enduro.
The series will again have opening rounds very close to each other which makes life a little difficult for non-professional riders. Factoring in travel and certainly preparation time, these quite different events in Portugal, France and then Austria (with a one-week gap) is problematic for anyone wanting to race the championship.
Having the series close out at the popular German Hard Enduro, GetzenRodeo is strong choice for season finale. The event will turn the series back to a hard enduro format at an incredibly popular event with spectators.
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2019 SCHEDULE:
Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
Round 4: Classic Enduro (Italy) TBA
Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
Round 7: Solsona Enduro (Spain) October 5-6
Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2-3
WESS 2019 preview by round
Successfully playing host to the inaugural round of WESS, Extreme XL Lagares will again open the WESS season in Portugal, on May 10-12. The three day Hard Enduro race mixes Endurocross, Urban and Hard Enduro action together in and around Porto.
The series moves directly on to France and Classic Enduro at the Trèfle Lozérien AMV, the following weekend. Three days of traditional timecard racing will see competitors cover over 600 kilometres of riding across idyllic French countryside.
The iconic Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria follows. World-renowned as the toughest single day Enduro, up to 1,800 riders will vie for one of the 500 places available on Sunday’s start line.
Provisionally scheduled for late June/early July, round four currently stands TBC but with Italy marked down as the host country at least. Despite not yet being concrete as an event, the new addition to the calendar is being billed as the second Classic Enduro of the season.
The half-way point of the series arrives with the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs which speaks for itself and will again serve up five unforgettable days of Hard Enduro racing on June 30-August 4.
In September the championship moves to the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in the United Kingdom for round six. Despite a late addition to the 2018 schedule, the event delivered some of the most exciting racing of the series.
The only downer is the event is scheduled on the same weekend as a British Enduro Championship round which will, unavoidably, affect entries to both events.
The penultimate round features the third Classic Enduro event, the Solsona Enduro in Spain in early October.
Signing off the 2019 championship in style will be the popular GetzenRodeo in Germany on November 2-3. A long-established Hard Enduro, the event is incredibly popular with riders and attracts on average over 10,000 spectators. This switch from the 2018 season closer at a beach race in Holland.
More WESS information: iridewess.com
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