High-class rider line-up ready for round one of the 2019 Italian Enduro Championship this weekend in Gioia dei Marsi, Abruzzo.
The first round of the 2019 Italian Absolutes Enduro Championship kicks off with a bang this weekend with a truly world-class rider line-up ready to set early season markers.
Gioia dei Marsi, L’Aquila in Abruzzo will host the 2019 Italian Absolutes round one which welcomes the big gun teams and riders in World Enduro, many of which are based in Italy.
With just under one month until the opening round of the EnduroGP World Championship, the Italian series opener will stand as a good measure for the season ahead. Many riders have switched teams and bikes for 2019 including Alex Salvini to Honda, Matteo Cavallo to Sherco and Loic Larrieu and Danny McCanney to TM Racing.
The 2018 Absolute Italian Champion, Steve Holcombe, is one rider who hasn’t changed machine this year. The Beta Racing rider will look to pick up where he left off with a 100 percent win rate in the 2018 series.
Holcombe also contests the 300 2T class but will have hot competition from Daniel McCanney (TM 300), Loic Larrieu (TM 300), Deny Philippaerts (Beta Boano 300) and Manuel Monni, switching to a Beta 300 from Suzuki in 2019.
The Italian Enduro series is a thriving international one this year with 14 non-Italians competing including Holcombe, McCanney, Loic Larrieu, Theo Espinasse (Sherco CH Racing 250 4T) and Christophe Charlier (Honda Redmoto 450 4T).
Another 450 4T class victory for Salvini?
It is not an easy challenge for Salvini in the 450 4T class where we find Davide Soreca (Lunigiana Honda 300 4T) and Giacomo Redondi (JET - Husqvarna 450 4T) are ready to wrestle the title from his hands.
Potentially the most competitive class will be the 250 4T with Thomas Oldrati (Honda Redmoto 250 4T), Davide Guarneri (Lunigiana Honda 250 4T), Matteo Cavallo (Sherco 250 4T) and the reigning champion Rudy Moroni (KTM 250 4T) all in the mix.
Gianluca Martini (Beta 250 2T) and Maurizio Micheluz (Husqvarna 250 2T) will battle it out in the 250 2T class.
New Youth and Junior Trophies
In the Junior and Youth, as last year, Andrea Verona and Claudio Spanu begin the series as favourites. The Junior and Youth categories get a new dedicated trophy for the 2019 season. The new challenge will reward the rider with the best results with a cheque equal to the value of the registration fee to race the Absolutes championship in 2020.
It is 10 years since the town of Abruzzo hosted enduro racing in May 2009, just over a month after the terrible earthquake that hit the territory of central Italy.
Riders will compete three special test: the 2.5km Extreme X-CUP Motocross test, the Airoh Cross Test (5 km) in the hills with mixed terrain and the eight kilometre Enduro Test in the Abruzzese forest.
Riders repeat the tests four times both days (except for the Enduro Test which will be run three times on Sunday) starting from the main square of Gioia dei Marsi at 8.30 on a 50km lap.
Technical checks take place on Friday March 1 with race action across both Saturday and Sunday, March 2/3. Riders autograph sessions are on Saturday March 2 from 16:30 also in the Gioia dei Marsi paddock.
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