EnduroGP 2018 kicks off this weekend with the 'Päitsi' Enduro at Lake Päijänne, Finland.

250 riders face nearly 20 hours riding time across the two days of testing Finnish conditions at this opening round of the 2018 season.

Riders have a tough time ahead of them: 11hours 30mins racing and 16 different special tests on Saturday alone, including two night tests.

A further seven hours 30mins and 12 special tests follow on Sunday, before the riders arrive at the finish in Helsinki.


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The riders will also have to face long and difficult transfers in freezing conditions, culminating in crossing the frozen Lake Päijänne on its northern shore.

This year the race is expected to be harder than ever after a heavier winter in Finland, with much more snow and lower temperatures. Extreme conditions await the competitors at Päitsi 2018!

Holcombe Ready To Defend His Crown

The Grand Prix of Finland will see a return to the Enduro 1, Enduro 2 and Enduro 3 class format. As in 2016, there will also be the scratch (overall) EnduroGP class title to aim for.

EnduroGP World Champion in 2016 and 2017, Steve Holcombe, is facing a tricky task in 2018: defending his EnduroGP title against all the riders in the championship but also aiming for the E3 title.


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The Brit has worked very hard on his winter preparation and has already ridden in snowy conditions a few weeks ago.

Holcombe may well be the favourite to retain his crown, but there are many riders keen to take his place on the throne.

Christophe Nambotin is back with Gas Gas and has declared it's the E3 title or nothing. In the same team Danny McCanney will also be a favourite in the E3 category and the Brit, like his French teammate, will certainly have a shot at the EnduroGP title.

In the E2 class a large number of riders are capable of claiming the EnduroGP title. Starting with the 2017 Vice-Champion, Loïc Larrieu and the very first EnduroGP Champion in history, Matthew Phillips.


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Remes Aiming For The Overall Win

Eero Remes, winner of Päitsi 2017, will also be ready to attack for class and overall titles. Remes will hope to take advantage of his home GP to take charge early on in teh championship standings.

Don’t rule out Christophe Charlier who will be ready to challenge after a very promising rookie season in 2017. Alex Salvini is back with Franco Mayr in his JET Racing team, and aiming to prove he still has all the qualities to be champion. 


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Who can beat the Finns?

There will be great competition in E1 with Britain's Jamie McCanney and Brad Freeman plus Italy's Davide Guarneri aiming for victory.

We could also see Eemil Pohjola who was ultra dominant in the Junior class at Päijänne 2017, lead the E1 charge after Round 1.


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With so many local riders out racing the list of challengers to the EnduroGP regulars is a strong one: former World Enduro rider Marko Tarkkala is ready to enjoy the taste of victory plus Aleksi Jukola, Jussi Arvaja and Henry Olenius could also put in strong performances.