EUROPEAN ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 3, ITALY
Micheluz and Sagar lead the way at round three of the European Enduro Championship in Italy.
With round three of the series marking a home race for championship leader Maurizio Micheluz (Suzuki) the pressure was on to deliver a double win. But with the British contingent lead by Tom Sagar (KTM) chasing him hard, the Italian didn’t have things his own way.
Proving it’s not just Italians that like the hard packed terrain, Sagar made his winning intention known from the off and led the way. Never headed, the KTM rider took an impressive 51-second margin of victory over Micheluz. TM’s Jacopo Cerutti scored his best result of the series to date to place third. Mirko Gritti and Swan Servajean completed the top five.
A crash on day two prevented a possible Sagar double win
There was disappointment for E2 class leader Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna). Running into trouble on the special test, he was forced to push his way out but was then later handed a three-minute penalty for pushing his bike outside the tape and off the racing line. Crazy!
A heavy crash on lap one left Sagar winded and playing catch up. Capitalising on Sagar’s mistake, Micheluz grabbed the lead and checked out to win. Turning heads, 17-year-old Brad Freeman placed as runner-up. With heavy rain catching riders on the final test, Freeman took advantage of the early dry conditions to set a blisteringly fast time that lifted him to second place. Cerutti again took third.
Fighting his way back up the leader board, Sagar ended his day in fourth while Mirko Gritti rounded out the top five.
The EEC continues with the fourth and final round in the Czech Republic on September 6-7.
Brad Freeman – a name to watch for in the future…