WHAT WE WANT – EWC GP of ITALY
The Enduro World Championship is back in action this weekend for the penultimate round of the series in Lumezzane, Italy. After a six-week break, everyone is hungry for some enduro action and with all titles still up for grabs pressure is mounting. Here’s a couple of things we’d like to see go down…
1. An Italian winner – the local’s would go crazy for that. Alex Salvini is the best hope for a home win. And considering that the defending champ has had a shocker of an injury riddled season it would be somewhat fitting to see him take at least one race win in Lumezzane.
2. Italian enduro fans are some of the most passionate in the world. After missing out on a round of the EWC in 2013 they’ll be out in droves this weekend. With some great racing and crazy support expected, Lumezzane should be buzzing.
3. Outside bets deliver. We’ve got some surprise guests in the paddock – Taddy Blazusiak and David Knight. Blazusiak is in E2 and Knight’s in E3. Both have the potential to bag a top five result or even better. How cool would it be to see either rider grace the podium this weekend!
4. Thomas Oldrati has been hot and cold in 2014. But that’s been mostly due to injury. With a home race on the cards for the Italian, mark him down as one for a possible surprise result.
5. A 4t title for Nambo. Way back in March many questioned how well Christophe Nambotin would adapt to his 250 four-stroke. Turns out he’s done ok for himself! Sitting 37 points clear, the Enduro 1 championship is there for the taking in Italy. Let’s hope he gets it done.
6. It’s been a strange year for Husqvarna with the majority of their riders being injured at some point or another – Bellino and McCanney are the latest to the injury bench. But through all of this Pela Renet has been their saving grace. He’s on fire right now and with a 34-point lead in E2 he could wrap the title up in Italy.
7. An Ivan Cervantes comeback of epic proportions. It was tough to Cervantes’ Enduro 3 championship lead evaporate during Finland and Sweden. Now 19 points behind Matt Phillips, Cervantes will mean business this weekend. With both E1 and E2 titles likely to be wrapped up in Italy, Ivan’s our only hope to ensure this title fight goes right down to the very last test in France.
8. Once we get the business of the EWC out of the way, Sunday evening is the time to let loose with the Xtreme Lumezzane. A party atmosphere is guaranteed as riders take on this extreme hill climb race in darkness. And with Blazusiak and Knight also in the paddock this year could be pretty special if both riders decide to square off.
*** Note – There’s no Super Test on Friday, so take it easy!