Beta’s Johnny Aubert has secured victory at round three of the Italian Enduro Championships in Pietramontecorvino
Claiming his first major victory of the 2016 season, Aubert led home the field of riders in Italy following a closely fought battle with teammate Alex Salvini.
“It’s great to get the win,” told Aubert. “It’s been a good day and now my first win of the season is fantastic.”
Starting his day out strong, Aubert took control of the race lead at the end of the opening extreme test.
Holding off a mid day challenge from Salvini, Aubert went on to win further three specials to top the outright classification at the end of the day.
“I started good by winning the first extreme but then had a crash on the second test and lost some time. Alex was pushing but then he had some mistakes too and I managed to win by about five seconds.”
Back to his best following an up and down start to his Italian campaign in February, Salvini was pushing Aubert hard for the victory. But with his teammate holding strong in the closing stages he had to be content with second.
Behind the leading Beta duo, TM’s Manuel Monni put in yet another impressive showing to end his day third overall.
Adapting well to the tough and challenging conditions in the enduro and extreme test, Austria’s Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) was fourth with Giacomo Redondi (Honda) completed the top five.
It was a tough day for championship leader Nathan Watson with the KTM rider placing 14th overall.
Rudy Moroni was fastest in Enduro 1, Alex Salvini won Enduro 2 and Manuel Monni topped Enduro 3, while Aubert secured the Foreigner class win.