New Enduro Open World Cup class brings “old” star names back to Enduro World Championship at opening round of the 2019 season this weekend in Germany.
Young and “old” privateer enduro riders will step up for the new Enduro Open World Cup class, the new support class in the Enduro World Championship beginning this weekend in Dahlen, Germany.
A list of 160 riders are signed up in total to compete the opening round of the EnduroGP season this weekend in Germany. Around 65 of those entries includes privateers signed up for the new Champion Lubes Enduro Open World Cup class.
We’re expecting to see some “old faces” in the Open World Cup including multiple World Champion, David Knight plus Euan McConnell, Andrea Belotti, Werner Muller and Hans Peter Musil.
Making GP weekends accessible
The new Open Cup is a support championship running alongside the GP classes designed to encourage privateer riders and make the Enduro World Championship accessible to national-level riders again.
As the 2019 season progresses and visits different countries it opens up the possibility of legends like Johnny Aubert, for example, to jump in for a shot. The Gas Gas rider and Enduro legend is not down for the full season but could well take advantage of the rules which allow one point scoring round to be dropped.
The most popular class so far in Germany will be the Seniors, with 35 riders signed up, alongside the two-stroke and four stroke classes.
EnduroGP head of communications, Bastien Blanchard, tells us: “We really needed these new classes to bring back privateer into the GP weekends.”
Champion Lubricants are announced as the title sponsor for the Open World Cup (plus the title sponsorship of the Enduro Tests). Ordinarily you might shrug a bit of news like this but Champion Lubricants it seems are putting something back into the racing this season.
At each GP, the top three finishers will receive product packages worth €220 (1stplace), #140 (2nd) and €100 (3rd).
At the end of the season the winner of the new Champion Lubricants Trophy will receive a pretty sweet deal of €1000, to help towards financing their next season plus a complete package of Champion Lubricants products worth €2,690.
Open World Cup running side-by-side with GP classes.
Explaining how the rounds will logistically work with the larger numbers of Open World Cup riders competing on the same course as the GP classes, Blanchard says: “The race weekend will be the same for the Open World Cup class as GP, Junior and Youth classes. They will be racing the three tests with maybe some “chicken” lines where it’s maybe too technical or difficult for them. They will just do one lap less than the GP classes.”
That programme includes packing the Open World Cup into the Friday night Super Test also, which should increase the spectator interest for the always entertaining opening of a GP weekend.
The EnduroGP season begins this Friday, March 22-24.
More information about the new Champion Lubricants Open World Cup can be found in our recent story.
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