Enduro European Championship: double win for Kouble in Portugal
The only 21-year-old Krystof Kouble from the Czech Republic won both the first and the second day at the start of the European Enduro Championship in Gois, Portugal, taking the in the overall classification.
Heavy rain and hailstorms made the track muddy and slippery and led the organizers to some detours.
In Day 1 the KTM rider immediately took the lead and extended his lead to 22 seconds until the end. After a crash in the enduro test his lead had shrunk a little, but overall all participants had to struggle more with the weather conditions than with the competition. Second overall position for the Finnish Eemil Pohjamo (TM 300 2T) and third for the Swede Albin Elowson. The Czech Zuzana Novackova won the Women category, collecting the fewest penalty minutes on the demanding track: in the end she had over eight minutes over Hanna Berzelius from Sweden.
Day 2 was much more difficult than the previous because of the mud and saw again the domination of Kouble, who won also the Junior Class E2/E3. The Swedish Albin Elowson won the Over 250 4T class and took the second place in the Overall with his Husqvarna. The Finnish Eemil Pohjola, ahead of Elowson in Day 1, lost some time after a crash.
The Swedish Max Ahlin won among the youngest participants in the Junior Under 21 class, as he did on Day 1. The 17-year-old Sherco rider finished sixth overall, just behind 125cc last year’s winner Roni Kytönen from Finland, who this season moved up to the junior class. The Finnish Petri Pohiamo, who has been successful in the Enduro World Championship in the past, won his first seniors’ race over 40 years old. On the first day he had to give up prematurely due to technical problems, so he is still a bit behind in the championship.
1. 06th-07th April Góis / Portugal
2. 18th-19th May Brenzo / Slovakia
3. 29th-30th Juni Madona / Latvia
4. 06th-08th September Heinola / Finnland