Sherco’s Matthew PHILLIPS leads the way as the third round of the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship heads to Italy.
This weekend, the stars of the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship are heading to Italy and more particularly in Spoleto, for the third round of the season 2017.
MCAfter the Bergamasque Valleys (Rovetta) in 2015 and the Marches (Fabriano) last year, the Federazione Italiana de Motociclismo (FMI) designated Umbria and the beautiful city of Spoleto same as its Moto Club as organiser of the traditional Grand Prix of Italy. Created in 1921, the MC Spoleto, chaired by Daniele CESARETTI, is renowned in the world of transalpine road racing. The young Moto3 rider Andrea LOCATELLI (Leopard) and Emiliano BELLUCCI (Endurance) are licensed there. From 2010, this Moto Club went through all stages of the Enduro Nazionale, from the National Trophy Mini Enduro to a round of the Italian Championship (2015) with the objective of organising an EnduroGP Grand Prix. In addition, he is represented in Enduro by riders such as Rudy MORONI (I – KTM) and Tommaso MONTANARI (I – Beta).
The Spanish EnduroGP category delivered two days of intense racing where victory was decided over a few seconds and even a few tenths. In Spain the reigning World Champion Matthew PHILLIPS (AUS – Sherco) came out victorious. But the Tasmanian has not so much room for manoeuvre against a horde of rivals aiming to take his golden plate. Indeed, Steve HOLCOMBE (GB – Beta), Nathan WATSON (GB – KTM), Loïc LARRIEU (F – Yamaha) and Christophe NAMBOTIN (F – KTM) have proved in Spain they have what it takes to beat the Sherco Factory rider. Winner in Finland, Antti HELLSTEN (SF – Husqvarna), despite an average Spanish GP (9/9), is still in third overall in the standings, sits just 14 points from PHILLIPS and will intend to play his luck by alternating work and motorcycle.
In the Enduro 2, Eero REMES (SF – TM) is 16 points ahead of Josep GARCIA (E – KTM) and 20 points up on Jamie MCCANNEY (GB – Yamaha). But the Grand Prix AMV Seguros of Spain proved that the Finn was not unbeatable and his young rivals have his match. Husqvarna Factory riders Danny MCANNEY (GB) and Pascal RAUCHENECKER (AUT), who are always well-placed like the Finn Henric STIGELL (Husqvarna), will need to be watched closely by the leading trio. Daniel SANDERS (AUS – KTM), Jonathan BARRAGAN (E – Gas Gas), Lorenzo SANTOLINO (E – Sherco) and Jérémy JOLY (F – Beta) are in search of good results in order to improve their positions in the overall standings. But the Italian crowd will have eyes only for a strong team from Italy led by Thomas OLDRATI (Husqvarna), Davide GUARNIERI (Honda) and Manuel MONNI (TM). Rudy MORONI, Gianluca MARTINI (Suzuki), Oscar BALLETTI (Husqvarna), Alessandro BATTIG (Kawasaki) and Damiano LULLO (Husqvarna) will also be in action. Finally, Tommy SJÖSTRÖM (S – Yamaha), Victor GUERRERO (E – Yamaha), Josh GOTTS (GB – TM) and Romain DUMONTIER (F – Yamaha) will aim to figure highly.
In Spain, Davide SORECA (I – Honda RedMoto) took full advantage of the absence of Eemil POHJOLA (SF – Husqvarna) to take first place in the standing. Now, another battle begins for him with the defence of his leader’s plate. Very fast, “SHOWRECA” will be pushed by a passionate public who are already dreaming of a double Junior champion following REDONDI’s success last season. But the rider of Bordighera will have to work hard to keep his place as leader. Mikael PERSSON (S – Yamaha), POHJOLA, Kirian MIRABET (E – Sherco), Matteo CAVALLO (I – Beta), Antti HANNINEN (SF – Husqvarna) and especially 2016 overall European Enduro champion Brad FREEMAN (GB – Beta) have eyes on the prize. Beware also of the strong Spanish team represented by Toscha SCHAREINA (KTM) and Enric FRANCISCO (KTM) ready to take advantage of the slightest mistake of the favourites, as well as the return to competition of the 2016 Vice-Champion Albin ELOWSON (S – Husqvarna) who will be very determined. There will be 35 Junior competitors at the start of this third round.
In FIM Youth 125cc, Andrea VERONA (I – TM) will be very clearly the man to beat. With the support of the public behind him the Italian will be hard to beat. Hugo SVARD (SF – Husqvarna), Léo LE QUERE (F – TM) and Ruy BARBOSA (CL – Husqvarna) will have a lot to do in order to prevent him reaching the top step of the podium.
This 3570 RadioTaxi Italian Grand Prix should be a great vintage on a field where Italians will be highly motivated! See you on May, 26th, 27th and 28th in Spoleto, in the province of Perugia, for the third Grand Prix of the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship where a big celebration is expected!
Information: – Spoleto (Province of Perugia); – 52 kilometers from Preugia and 135 kilometers from Roma; – Fridat, May 26th: Akrapovic Super Test from 18.00; – Satuday 27th and Sunday 28th May: Start: 9.00 and Finish of the first riders aroun 16.00; – Organizer: Moto Club Spoleto; – Website: www.endurogp.org – Track: 65kms – 3 laps; – Free Access; – Airport: Roma (environ 135 kms) – GPS Points: • KTM Enduro Test : 42°42’50.2″N 12°43’20.8″E • Maxxis Cross Test : 42°39’55.3″N 12°43’56.8″E • Technomousse Xtreme Test (TBC) : 42°41’32.2″N 12°43’22.0″E • Akrapovic Super Test : 42°43’53.9″N 12°43’57.8″E