Honda teams are gearing up for the 2019 Enduro World Championship season with world class riders on the latest generation CRF models putting the Big Red back in contention for World titles.
2019 is set to be a promising season for Honda riders in World Enduro with three strong teams set to do battle in the World Championship.
In recent times, though teams like RedMoto have always been present, the commitment and backing from Honda Europe and even the bikes themselves, have been lacking at the highest level of enduro competition.
That looks set to change in 2019 with three headline acts all racing for World Championship titles, plus the highly competitive Italian domestic championship. All three teams come under the wings of RedMoto Honda and established race team, tuning shop and motorcycle dealer in Italy.
S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda RedMoto Team
Overall EnduroGP Championship contender, Alex Salvini, heads up the S2 Motorsport Sembenini Honda RedMoto team which has been set up around the big man as a one rider team.
After a tough 2018 where mechanical issues poured water on Salvini’s fiery championship fight, the return to Honda will be a fresh start for Alex who will be aiming for the same kind of success on a Honda which brought him the world title in 2013, two vice world titles in 2014 and 2015, six Italian class titles and four overall titles.
Salvo will race the CRF 450RX in World Championship E2 and EnduroGP classes plus in the 450 4T class in the Italian Championship in 2019.
Honda RedMoto Enduro Team
The official Honda RedMoto Enduro two-rider team consists Thomas Oldrati and Christophe Charlier for 2019.
Charlier makes his debut on the Honda-RedMoto CRF 450RX Enduro while Thomas Oldrati returns to the 250 4T class and will also aiming for his ninth Italian title.
Honda RedMoto Lunigiana
The Lunigiana team is not a new one but will step-up for 2019 with riders Davide Guarneri and Davide Soreca also both competing in the Enduro World Championship and in the Italian Championship.
The 2014 Youth World Champion and 2017 Junior Vice World Champion, Davide Soreca, will race in the World Championship E2 class and in the Italian Championship with the new Honda RedMoto CRF 300RX Enduro 2019.
Former MXGP rider, Guarneri will race in the World Championship E1 class and Italian 250 4T class with the aim of redeeming himself from last year’s bad luck after four months of enforced rest because of a bad crash in the GP of Portugal.
This coming weekend, March 2/3, sees the big names in World Enduro take on each other at round one of the Italian Enduro Championship in Gioia dei Marsi, Abruzzo.
With many of the World Championship teams being based in Italy, this season's domestic championships promises to be a hotly contested one to watch with most committing their riders to the full season.
Certainly, this weekend’s round one will be a chance for the main Enduro World Championship contenders to fire warning shots for the season ahead and grab some bragging rights.
Photo credit: Honda RedMoto/Dario Agrati
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