Sagar & Rowland Poised For EEC Titles in Portugal
Maurizio Micheluz on course to wrap up European Enduro Championship in Portugal while Brits Tom Sagar and Jack Rowland set for title showdown in E2 and E1J
The 2013 European Enduro Championship is set for an exciting conclusion with a three-day finale in Ourem Portugal.
In what’s become a tradition for the EEC, the three-day event will feature two days of enduro and then a motocross race on the last day.
On course to claim the outright win in the overall championship standings is Suzuki mounted Maurizio Micheluz. The Italian holds a 23-point advantage over his closest rival Gianluca Martini (Beta). The battle for the final step of the podium is set to be a close affair with just two points separating third placed Tom Sagar (KTM) and fifth placed Mirko Gritti (KTM).
Claiming five wins from six starts in the Enduro 1 class, Micheluz will be hoping to secure two titles in Portugal.
While Micheluz has a comfortable points lead in E1, the Enduro 2 championship is set to go down to the wire between Sagar and Andrea Beconi (Yamaha). Injured at the penultimate round in Czech, Sagar saw his winning streak come to an end.
Limiting the damage, his fourth and third place results helped him to maintain a slender two-point advantage over Beconi. Twenty-six points behind in third position, but fresh off a fantastic result at the ISDE, Honda’s Jamie Lewis is more than capable of shaking things up.
And while the remainder of the classes are almost the decided, the Enduro 1 Junior title is also set to go down to the wire between Brit Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) and Italian Tommaso Montanari. With a two-point advantage over his rival, Rowland will be giving it 100 per cent in Portugal to clinch his first ever European Enduro Championship.