Setting the pace early on in Italy, Beta’s Alex Salvini secured victory at the Nils Prologue of The Wall Extreme Enduro 2016.
Action at the Metzler Offroad Park in Pietramurata kicked off this morning with riders testing their skills in two different special tests run three times each. With the properly extreme sections left for tonight’s main event, conditions during the prologue favoured EnduroGP regulars over the stars of Hard Enduro.
Getting down to business on his new RR 300 two-stroke ride, Salvini topped the time sheets over Ivan Cervantes by a little more than five seconds.
“I had some good fun,” confirmed Salvini. “I struggled a bit to find a good pace on my 300cc two-stroke, but after the second lap I started pushing harder. I made a small mistake in the last enduro test and crashed, but my overall time was still good to get the win. The real fun begins tonight. I’ll just try to survive and we’ll see what happens…”
Winning the long enduro tests in two out of three outings, KTM’s Ivan Cervantes settled for the second spot on the prologue’s podium.
“I’m really happy with second,” told Cervantes. “Salvini knows the place like the back of his hand, so to finish five seconds behind him is good. The KTM 300 two-stroke is an amazing machine and I enjoyed racing it. I’ll do my best for a good result tonight. My goal is to stay away from any stupid mistakes.”
Putting his vast experience in motocross racing to good use, Honda’s Davide Guarneri won all three tests in the famous Pietramurata MX track to secure the final spot on the podium.
With the 40 fastest riders qualifying for tonight’s The Wall Extreme Enduro, things are set to kick off at 20.30pm. Split over three elimination sections the main event will see the best 10 riders start the big final a little after 22.00pm.
The Wall Extreme – Nils Prologue Results