MICHELUZ HAMMERS HOME DOUBLE WIN IN EEC ITALY
Maurizio Micheluz starts the defence of his European Enduro Championship crown with a double win on home turf in Italy
Kicking things off in the best possible way, Husqvarna mounted Micheluz was on song on the rocky and stony trails along the snow capped mountain peaks of Rieti in Italy.
Despite having just recently being announced as the FIM’s new Course Inspector for EWC events, Micheluz proved that he’s as competitive as ever.
With a 196-strong entry lining up for the opening round of the series, the Italian claimed a tight 10-second margin of victory on day one over Benoit Fortunato (Yamaha).
Upping his pace for day two, Micheluz posted the fastest time in all but two of the day’s special tests to extend that advantage to 53 seconds – this time over KTM’s Tom Sagar. With his two outright wins, Micheluz also topped the E1 Senior class both days.
Behind Micheluz the battle for the overall runner-up result in Italy was played out between Fortunato and Sagar.
Fastest overall during the weekend, Fortunato got the nod over Sagar for second while also placing as runner-up to Micheluz in E1 Senior.
Needing time to adjust to the loose rocky terrain, Sagar delivered a confidence-boosting ride on day two for second overall while securing his second E2 Senior win of the weekend.
Just off the pace of the leading trio, Marco Neubert (Honda) placed fifth both days for fourth overall. Jeremy Carpenter (Honda) delivered a consistent ride to end his weekend fifth overall.
In E1 Junior Anthony Geslin (Yamaha) topped the overall podium from Patrik Markvart and Nicolo Bruschi (Honda).
Mirko Spandre (KTM) secured the overall win in the Under 20’s from Lee Sealey (Husqvarna) and Valerian Debaud (Yamaha).
Fifth overall in the outright classification enabled Carpentier to win E2/3 Junior. Sherco’s Maelig Bron Fontanaz placed second with Tommy Sjostrom (Gas Gas) third.
With Micheluz and Fortunato going 1-2 in E1 Senior, Jonathan Rosse (Yamaha) took third.
It was a double win for Sagar in E2 Senior from Neubert and Diego Nicoletti (Beta).
Husqvarna’s Martin Sundin recorded a double win in E3 Senior with Kalle Svensson (KTM) and Radek Toman (Husqvarna) completing the podium.
Werner Muller (KTM) was a double winner in the Veteran class from Pierluigi Surini (Kawasaki) and Patrik Andersson (KTM).
Sanna Karkkainen (KTM) claimed the top step of the podium in the Women’s class from Audrey Rossat (Husqvarna) and Nina Klink (KTM).