TURMOIL AT EWC GP OF SPAIN
To say there is an air of distain in the paddock for round two of the FIM Enduro World Championship is a bit of an understatement.
The majority of riders claim that this weekend’s race isn’t worthy of world championship status.
Frustrations focus on the poor conditions of the special tests – in particular the enduro test and extreme test – as well as the trail itself, which is predominantly road based.
On Wednesday evening riders gathered to vote on whether they would race as the enduro and extreme tests were seriously overgrown. The majority voted no.
Set in a small patch of woodland, the enduro test was literally overgrown and many riders remarked that they had to fight their way through the bushes just to walk the course.
With barely a handlebar’s width in places, the track also dodged concrete park benches. Racing it in that condition was out of the question.
The extreme test – far from ‘extreme’ – also resembled a meadow in places. It’s our opinion that the entirety of the lap could be completed on a moped.
Thursday, organisers worked overtime to resolve the issues with the enduro test and following another riders meeting with the FIM it’s now hopeful the race will run as planned.
The condition of the tests, coupled with the fact that the trail sections are almost 90% asphalt, and off the back of a disappointing GP of Chile, leaves us wandering what the hell’s going on with the EWC?