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European Cross Country Cup at Skýcov (Slovakia)

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In the last weekend, the second round of the European Cross Country Cup was held at Skýcov, in Slovakia. The track is very rugged and includes all the technical features that the country cross track should contain. The start was placed on the motocross section where the riders take a few jumps, and uphill or downhill runs are not missing. It was quite muddy, due to Friday’s rain, so it was very important to choose the right track. Štefan Svitko from Slovakia, who dominated the two days, was the absolute winner of the race in Skýcov. He won also the Senior European Cup class, In the Junior class the winner was Patrik Halgaš, from Slovakia, too. In the Women class the winner was Gabika Čipková and in the European Cup Quad class the fastest was Juraj Gejdoš, all from Slovakia. Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/544
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Enduro European Championship at Bacau (Romania) - Day2

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The Day2 of the second round of Enduro European Championship was held today at Bacau, in Romania. Despite the rain at night, the track was probably even better than the day before. In addition, there was not so much dust, which had partly led to visibility problems on the first day and the ground was partially more handy. The leader of the overall championship, Italian Alessandro Battig, took his revenge. Yesterday he had lost a lot of time in the difficult uphill, where he had to push and fight, but things went smoothly for the Kawasaki rider today. Already in the first special-test of the day he was able to set the fastest time. In the new modified enduro test, in which the increasingly difficult uphill was cut out, he managed to gain the overall victory in the end of the day. However, young Swede Erik Appelqvist finished dangerously close to
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Enduro European Championship at Bacau (Romania) - Day1

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In the first day of the second round of the European Enduro Championship in Bacau, Romania, the French rider Hugo Blanjoue won on his KTM: being 23 years old, he races in the Junior class where he leads the standings. Second place in the overall for Erik Appelqvist from Sweden (photo2) ahead of Czech Krystof Kouble: they all from the Junior class of the E2/E3. After his overall victory at the first round in his home country, Italian Alessandro Battig decided to compete in the other rounds of the European Championship too. Battig won his class, but in the overall classification the Kawasaki rider snatched the sixth place, which however consents him to maintain his lead in the championship. Two more class victories went to his Italian compatriots: in the two-stroke class up to 250 cc the winner was Maurizio Micheluz on Husqvarna and Tommaso Montanari on KTM was the
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European Cross Country Cup at Lathi (Finland)

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The European Cross Country Cup was held at Lathi (Finland) in front of around 1000 spectators in nice, sunny weather. The track was around 15 kms long and very well prepared, no big holes, stones and other difficult, dangerous zones. After 9 laps and 3 hours of hard race there were no dramatic situations or accidents (7 laps for Women’s class). Created with Nokia Smart Cam The winners were Joakim Ljunggren from Sweden in the Senior Class, Antti Ahtila from Finland in the Junior Class, Marko Leponiemi from Finland in the Veteran Class and Marita Nyqvist from Finland in the Women’s Class. Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/535  
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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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