Antoine Meo joins the 2019 Italian Enduro Championship party alongside Holcombe and Salvini for round four in Tuscany this weekend, April 13-14.
The Italian Enduro Championship, Assoluti d'Italia, reaches its fourth round of the 2019 season in Pontremoli. After the sand of the Ligurian coast in Arma di Taggia at the previous round many of the cream of World Enduro will land in the Tuscany hills this weekend.
Steve Holcombe and Alex Salvini again start the event ready to do battle for the ‘Absolute’ overall win. After three rounds Holcombe leads Salvini by 17 points but Alex is getting back on song with the big Honda and will look to pose more of a challenge in round four.
Also racing a big CRF this weekend will be five-times World Champion, Antoine Meo, making a return to top-flight enduro with the Honda RedMoto team.
Battles for class honours
In the 125 Class, Tommaso Montanari leads the championship with a maximum 60 points from Claudio Spanu and Alberto Capoferri. Maurizio Micheluz and Gianluca Martini lead the 250 2T class; though Micheluz driver picked up an injury at last weekend’s European Championship round in Portugal.
Deny Philippaerts was injured at the last race at Arma di Taggia but the Beta Boano rider is in command of the 300 2T class ahead of Manuel Monni by three points behind.
EnduroGP contenders Matteo Cavallo and Thomas Oldrati are separated by a single point in the 250 four-stroke class. Things are more solid for Alex Salvini in the 450 4T class thanks to three victories in previous rounds ahead of Giacomo Redondi and Diego Nicoletti.
The Italian series runs trophies for different classes and also honours individual performances in each test. Redondi currently leads the Cross test Trophy on 48 points against Salvini's 40; Steve Holcombe holds the Extreme test lead with 53 points, followed by Oldrati on 47 and Salvini on 40.
Matteo Pavoni leads the Youth category from Manolo Morettini racing back-to-back weekends after a great result in the Italian Under23/Senior championship round the previous weekend. Andrea Verona sits at the top of the Junior class ahead of 20-year-old Enrico Zilli.
Verona, Pavoni and Zilli are also the main contenders for the Enduro Action Trophy, reserved for Youth and Junior classes. The provisional ranking sees Verona in first place with 55 points, followed by Pavoni and Zilli 10 and 12 points behind respectively.
Motoclub Pontremoli have prepared three special tests for the main race day on Sunday, with riders taking on a prologue course on Saturday evening. That night also sees the rider signing session, which is always popular with fans.
The prologue takes place in the heart of Pontremoli town beginning at 18.00 and will feature rocks, trees and natural terrain for over 200 riders.
Sunday’s main event kicks-off at 8.30am when riders will face four laps of three special tests along a 46km circuit. The Enduro Test consists an all-natural design in the Tuscan hills with riders returning to the paddock (in a figure of eight loop) before heading to the Extreme Test which organisers say mixes in plenty of “ups and downs”. A Cross test completes the three tests.
More information: italianenduro.com
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