2019 Italian Enduro Championship round 5 – Can Danny McCanney beat Steve Holcombe again?

Sant’Angelo in Vado hosts the fifth round of the 2019 Italian Enduro Championship this weekend where rider in form, Danny McCanney aim for top spot again in this hotly contested national championship.


The Italian Enduro Championship, Assoluti d’Italia, hits its fifth round this weekend at Sant’Angelo. Riders will have to face a 45 kilometres lap around the green hills of Marche with three special tests. The weekend looks like it could be a mudder, like the previous round, after the rain hit the town leading up to the weekend, although the forecast for the Weekend promises sunshine. 

Holcombe out this weekend

In the previous round in Pontremoli it was the Manxman Danny McCanney who dominated the race on his TM 300 EN and this could be his chance to take over the Assoluti Championship lead. Behind him the two Brits Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman were second and third respectively but despite holding the leader's red plate with 74 points, Holcombe will not contest this weekend in Italy. The reigning champion is sitting out to recover further from a virus which affected him at the last EnduroGP round.

McCanney is currently second in the overall points on 59 and could take over the lead this weekend as could Italian Alex Salvini who's currenlty third on 45 points. 

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Open battles in every class

Tommaso Monatanari means business in the 125 class after having won every round contested, Claudio Spanu is second and Jacopo Traini third. In the 250 2T class the battle for the lead remains hot between Gianluca Martini and Maurizio Micheluz, the two of them are only separated by 4 points.

Deny Philippaerts remains on top of the 300 2T class with 77 points ahead of Luca Marcotulli and Manuel Monni. 

The fight for the top spot in the 250 4T class between EnduroGP contenders Thomas Oldrati, Matteo Cavallo and Davide Guarneri is a tight one. Oldrati holds the first position at the moment but the three GP racers are on good form this season and the battle is intense. 

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Salvini leading the big bike class

In the 450 4T class Alex Salvini remains first at the points standings. Behind him is Giacomo Redondi who’s hungry to repeat his first place finish from the previous round and take the top spot from the Honda rider. Diego Nicoletti is currently third.

The Italian Championship also honours individual performances in the different special tests. At the moment Thomas Oldrati holds the first place in the Extreme test with 67 points ahead of 2018 winner Steve Holcombe and Danny McCanney; on the Cross Test Giacomo Redondi leads with 58 points, Holcombe follows him only two points down and McCanney is third. 

Matteo Pavoni is dominating the Youth class with 80 points. 18 points down from him is Igor Brunengo and 29 points down Manolo Morettini. In the Junior class Andrea Verona seats comfortably on the first place in front of Mirko Spandre and Enrico Zilli. 

Verona also hols the lead in the Enduro Action Trophy, reserved for the Junior and Youth classes. Matteo Pavoni and Enrico Zilli are second and third respectively.

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The riders competing in the race will have the opportunity to walk the Extreme test and get tips from Alex Salvini on Friday at 11.30pm. There will be an autograph signing session on Saturday at 4.30pm in the main paddock area.

The paddock is located at Via Virgilio, Sant’Angelo in Vado, Central Italy.


More information: italianoenduro.com

Photo credit: G. Chillemi
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Igor Aguado
Enduro21 Junior Editor