REMES EYES UP ENDURO 1 WIN IN ITALY
The Enduro World Championship heads to Italy for round five where TM’s Eero Remes and Husqvarna’s Pela Renet look to shake things up in their respective classes. The chase is on…
Can Remes topple Christophe Nambotin off the top spot in Enduro 1 in Italy?
TM’s Eero Remes proved in Greece that he’s a serious challenger for the Enduro 1 title and can clearly rival Christophe Nambotin (KTM) over an entire weekend. Nambotin, struggling with a knee injury, wasn’t anywhere close to being 100% in Serres, and will seek to rebuild his lead in Rovetta. But Remes, with full confidence, will put pressure on Nambotin and could take the lead after this Grand Prix.
Behind them, Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) wants to continue his good form while Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco), who becomes faster and faster on his Sherco, and Danny McCanney (Husqvarna), who sits third E1 standings, will both be gunning for glory.
Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) is likely to be vengeful after the Grand Prix in Greece as well as locals Simone Albergoni (Kawasaki), Rudy Moroni (KTM) and Gianluca Martini (Yamaha).
After returning to form with an unstoppable double win in Greece, Husqvarna’s Pela Renet will look to continue his good form and to further reduce the gap to class leader Antoine Meo (KTM). Clearly not at his best in Serres, the KTM rider will have to react strongly in order to stop Renet getting dangerously close to his championship lead with two races to go.
But the man to follow this weekend could be Alex Salvini (Honda). The home favourite, who scored two victories last year in Lumezzane, will seek to give his fans two more wins this weekend.
Behind this magic trio, Loic Larrieu (Sherco) and Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) will offer a great duel, and should be joined by local racer Nicolo Mori (KTM) and Deny Philippaerts (Beta) as well as Spaniard Victor Guerrero (KTM).
What about Johnny Aubert (Beta)? If he is fully recovered from his injury in Portugal, he could also join the top three at his team’s home GP…
In Enduro 3, it’s a critical time for defending champion Matt Phillips (KTM) and Matti Seistola (Sherco). Following the double win of Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) in Greece, both riders are now more than 20 points behind the leader and in need of taking back valuable championship points.
The case will be even harder for Seistola, who injured to his right hand in Serres and will again have to show a mind of steel. Aigar Leok (TM) is also likely to feature well in his team’s home GP. In great form, the Estonian will want to show that he’s a winner and not just a podium finisher.
However don’t rule out Italians Manuel Monni (TM) and Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) who will be hungry for strong home results. Also, Luis Correia (Beta), Jeremy Joly (KTM) or Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) could deliver some surprises. We also hope to see Antoine Basset (Gas Gas) return to competition.
Finally, in Juniors, Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) will attempt to widen the gap on Italian rival Giacomo Redondi (Beta). The Italian will be hungry at home and he has also signed his first world podium in Lovere in 2010.
Steve Holcombe (Beta), should continue to impress and try to still take points back to the two championship leaders while Alessandro Battig (Honda) will try to repeat his result from the series opener in Chile where he climbed to the top step of the podium.
Matteo Bresolin (KTM), Davide Soreca (Beta) and Nicolo Bruschi (Honda) will want to shine while Diogo Ventura (Gas Gas) will look to make his return to the podium.
In FIM Youth Cup 125cc, the duel between Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) and Mikael Persson (Yamaha) takes on a new dimension. If the Spaniard is sufficiently recovered from his collarbone injury, both riders should give a good show.
Behind them Luc Maliges (KTM), Luca Garello (Yamaha), David Abgrall (Yamaha), Jean-Baptiste Nicolot (Yamaha), Valerian Debaud (Yamaha) and Britain’s Jack Edmondson (KTM) will fight for the last step of the podium.
Keeping the part alive throughout the weekend once the racing finishes don’t miss the Motorparty. With FMX shows, live DJs, music and the Red Bull Epic Rise moped hill climb, this party will make the EWC GP of Italy one to remember.