Double Win For Micheluz In Czech
Italy’s Maurizio Micheluz continued his domination of the European Enduro Championship with a double victory at round three of the series in the Czech Republic.
For the penultimate round of the season organisers set out a classic enduro with many steep and challenging forestry climbs and tricky descents to fully test the riders.
Pushing hard on the opening lap of day one, Suzuki mounted Micheluz set the fastest times on the first two special tests to open up a small advantage over Beta’s Gianluca Martini. Fighting back, Martini reduced the gap to his countryman but despite topping the eighth and final test of the day, the Italian placed less than one second behind Micheluz. Placing just 11 seconds behind the duo Andrea Beconi (Yamaha) was third while TM’s Jacopo Cerutti and Mirko Gritti (KTM) ensured Italy swept the top five positions in the overall standings.
With his overall win, Micheluz (Suzuk) also took the Enduro 1 class win ahead of Luis Oliveira (Yamaha) and Edward Hübner (Yamaha).
Martini won the Enduro 3-class too – in front of Cerutti and Gritti.
The third in the overall, Beconi (Yamaha), won the Enduro 2 class in front of the British rider Jamie Lewis (Honda) and the Frenchman Romain Dumontier (Yamaha).
Nicolas Pellegrinelli (KTM) won the Junior E1. Second in this class became Adam Tomicek (KTM) from Poland and third was the Italian Ricardo Crippa (Husaberg). Due to technical problems with the gearbox, the Swedish rider Oliver Nelsson (Husaberg) arrived only on fourth position.
In the Juniors E2/E3-class with the bigger displacement engines Pawel Szymkowski (KTM) topped the class from Diego Ventura (Yamaha) and the Guido Conforti (KTM).
Leading from the off on day two, Micheluz won five of the day’s eight special tests to claim his second win of the weekend. Moving up one position in the overall classification Beconi ended his day five seconds behind Micheluz as the runner-up. Germany’s Andreas Beier completed the top three. Martini and Hubner rounded out the top five.
Micheluz won the E1 class with Hübner second and Oliveira third.
Beconi won the E2-class in front of Beier, who stopped first day with technical problems at his front brake. Despite riding with an injured thumb Britain’s Tom Sagar took third and maintained his position as overall leader of the E2 championship.
In the E3 class Martini held off Cerutti and Gritti to take the win..
Best of all Juniors was Diego Ventura (Yamaha) in 10th position in the overall classification. The Portuguese won the Junior-E2/E3-class in front of Milan Engel (Husaberg) and Guido Conforti (KTM).
In the Junior-E1-class the Brit Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) felt at home in the wet and slippery ground and did not only win the day but even took back the lead in the championship from Italian Tomasso Montanari (KTM).
Securing his 50th victory of the European Enduro Championship, Werner Müller (KTM) topped the Vets class while Sweden’s Jessica Jonsson (Gas Gas) won both days of the Women’s class.
The European Enduro Championship concludes with the final round of the season in Ourem, Portugal on October 28-30.