Bajas European Championship:
Tomiczek, Engeitado and Dias win the Baja TT do Pinhal
Vila Velha de Rodão, in Portugal, hosted the opening round of the Bajas European Championship.
Baja TT do Pinhal was characterized by 300 km of very technical special tests on a very well-marked route, with an exemplary organization by Escuderia Castelo Branco.
In the bikes category the winner was the young Polish Adam Tomiczek of the Orlen Team (Husqvarna). The Portuguese Micael Simão (KTM) finished second ahead of the European champion Tiago Santos (Yamaha). Jorge Brandão (KTM) and veteran Pedro Bianchi Prata (Honda) completed the top 5.
In the Quads class the Portuguese Luís Engeitado won ahead the Spanish Toni Vingut and the Czech girl Olga Rouková, all with Yamaha.
In the SSV class, with a strong presence of Portuguese drivers, the podium saw João Dias and Alexandre Pinto, both from Benimoto Racing, and the CanAm official driver Luís Cidade. Portuguese champion Pedro Santinho Mendes and veteran Vitor Santos completed a top five with the CanAm Maverick X3.