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European Enduro Championship at Fabriano (Italy)

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The new season of the European Enduro Championship started this weekend at Fabriano (Italy), around 200 kms North-East of Rome. Day1 - The first winner in this competition was Italian Alessandro Battig (photo2). The European champion Matteo Pavoni was fighting against his countrymen Maurizio Micheluz and Alessandro Battig. Not so strong at the beginning, Pavoni increased in the last five special tests, but Micheluz and Battig were already too far ahead. This year Battig is riding a 450cc Kawasaki instead of the smaller 250cc as in the last seasons, which helped him to win the overall. Photos @Robert Pairan Micheluz was second and won the new 250-2-stroke class, while the former Junior champion Pavoni was third in the overall and won the over 250 cc 2-stroke class. Fourth position for Lorenzo Macoritto, who won the Junior class ahead of Czech Krystof Kouble, first not Italian rider. The Women’s class was
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European Superenduro Cup at Lidköping (Sweden)

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The final round of Superenduro Cup was held in Lidköping in Sweden, where the German rider Tim Apolle arrived as the leader of the general standings with 15 points of advantage on the other riders. Above Tim Apolle in action. Below, Andris Grinfelds. All photos ©Robert Pairan Already in the qualifying Apolle was nearly 4 seconds faster than his rival Andris Grinfelds from Latvia, who followed him in the series. In the first heat the German rider gained the leadership at the start and already after one lap he had to fight with the first slow riders. But Apolle kept cool and safe and won the race. His advantage grew to 18 points – not enough for the title, but a comfortable gap, while Grinfelds was fighting from ninth position to second place. In the second heat, with reversed start, there was the inevitable traffic jam at the first obstacle.
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European Superenduro Cup at Bilbao (Spain)

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The atmosphere in the Biskaia Arena was electric for the 2nd round of the European Superenduro Cup. A little over 6000 fans came to the Bilbao Exhibition Center to cheer on the best international riders – the event hosted, in fact, also the 4th round of the Maxxis FIM Superenduro Maxxis FIM Superenduro World Championship. The show, which was full-on, complete with enthusiastic cheerleaders and shockingly unpredictable races. Great challenge between French Jacon Adrien and German Tim Apolle, winner of the first round in Poland, who raced with a KTM 300 that he will also use in the German Enduro Championship. The first manche was regular, while in the second final, just after the start, the crash of a rider slowed the race of the best ones, who had to make difficult comebacks, on the very technical track set up in the city of the Basque Country. This race saw
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European Enduro at Gelnica (Slovakia) - Day3

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The third and last day of the final round of the Enduro European Championship took place in Gelnica, Slovakia and in the overall rating three Italians were on the podium: the new European champion is the Junior Matteo Pavoni (photo2), who is also champion in the junior class E1 on the 250th four-stroke KTM. His 34 year-old countryman Maurizio Micheluz snatched the second place ahead of Oscar Balletti, both on a 300cc Husqvarna-2-stroke. In this last day of the season, in the final motocross test, the favourite was the Czech Jaromir Romancik, who crashed but in the end he managed to win both in his E2 class, and also in the overall. Mautizio Micheluz (photo1) won the European Championship title in the E3 class, ahead of his fellow competitor Balletti. Photos ©Robert Pairan In the junior class, the 20-year-old Joakim Grelsson from Sweden was already the champion. His compatriot Calle
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European Enduro at Gelnica (Slovakia) - Day2

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The second day of the final round of the Enduro European Championship took place at Gelnica, in Slovakia today. In four classes the European Champions have already been crowned. The first new European champion was Joakim Grelsson in the U20 class for 125cc riders. In the morning the Swede was just nine points ahead, but his countryman and challenger Calle Johansson had technical problems and went out prematurely. So the KTM rider won this title as well as the working-pavilion, which the promoter Wolfgang Butzner had donated as support for the youngest riders. Photos ©Robert Pairan Matteo Pavoni (photo1) is the new European champion in the Junior E1 class. The KTM rider needed just a fourth place in his class to catch the title, but he managed to win and in the very last special stage he did the fastest time and finished in second position in the overall. Tomorrow
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European Enduro at Gelnica (Slovakia) - Day1

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The first day of the final round of the Enduro European Championship took place today at Gelnic, in Slovakia. More than 180 kms of challenging offroad trails had to be crossed. In the overall, Junior Matteo Pavoni was able to defend his leadership with a seventh position. The second rider in the championship, Oscar Balletti, suffered from a technical problem and the former third, the Italian Maurizio Micheluz, two times overall champion, won the special tests. Second position for German Marco Neubert in front of Jonathan Rosse from Switzerland. Maurizio Micheluz - Photo ©Robert Pairan Micheluz passed his countryman Balletti not only in the class rating, but also in the overall championship, and now he is only three points behind Pavoni, who won his junior-class E1 and expanded the championship lead. In the senior class E1 the current leader, Andreas Linusson from Sweden, didn’t risk anything and finished in fifth
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European Baja Championship at Szczecin Dobra (Poland)

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The European Baja Championship was held this weekend at Szczecin Dobra, in Poland. 14 riders took part to the event: 5 in the Bike class and 9 in the Quad class, in front of around 1000 spectators. In Day1 after the Special Stage the riders continued the race with 282,84 km long race day within two Special Stages (SS2 and SS3). The track was not too dusty, which might cause troubles during a race. From time to time during the day it rained, so the track was a bit muddy, too. In the Bikes Class the fastest rider was Adam Tomiczek (3h03’40’’) from Poland, 27 seconds ahead of his compatriot Maciej Giemza. Third position for Jakub Patek (3h19’19’’) from Poland, too. All of them were racing on KTM. In the Quad Class the fastest rider was Polish Arkadiusz Lindner (3h40’21’’), ahead of Andrzej Pieron (4h21’11’’). Third step of the podium for Przemyslaw
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European Enduro Cup at Orebro (Sweden)

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The European Enduro Cup was held at Orebro, in Sweden. The race is also called Battle of Vikings and the winner of this edition was Mario Roman from Spain, who gained a wide margin. Joakim Ljunggren (Sweden) was second and Magnus Thor (Sweden) finished in third place. All riders seem happy with their results in the toughest battle ever - only 35 riders managed to make one lap or more, and more then 100 riders did not finish before the maximum time elapsed. “I'm very happy with the track, I didn't have one sad moment on this track”, stated Mario commentinghis win. “The organisers did a fantastic job. I would gladly come back and win next year’s round, too!” Joakim Ljunggren was also happy with his second place. “I feel super happy, considering Mario is a factory rider”, stated Joakim. “It felt tough on the first lap, which made me
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European Enduro Championship at Burg (Germany) - Day1

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The first day of the third round of European Enduro Championship took place at Burg (Germany), close to Magdeburg. The over 74 km long circuit was ridden three times in a row and included the three tests at every round. At the end the junior riders have had been successful in the overall result, also because of the heavy rain which arrived after their race. Italian Mateo Pavoni won the overall ranking with his KTM in front of French David Abgrall on Sherco and of his countryman Max Viall on Husqvarna. After them, Maurizio Micheluz in fourth place in the overall. Best local hero was the reigning German champion Dennis Schröter, in fifth position, who had lost over 15 seconds after a crash in the first Endurotest. Photo © Robert Pairan Swede Andreas Linusson won the Senior-E1-Class for the fifth time in a row, this time in front of the
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