Enduro European Championship:
day2 in Germany
Second and last day of racing for the Enduro European Championship.
It got very dramatic in the Youth class for the under 21s. After a major crash on the first day of racing, Manuel Verzeroli, who had been leading the championship until then, slipped back to second place. As a result, Frenchman Clement Clauzier was leading the standings. Not only the championship, but after a slip by Verzeroli in the very first special stage, also the day’s classification. But in the penultimate special test a crash by Clauzier dropped him to fourth place. This meant that Verzeroli won both the day’s classification and the Championship. It was a tearful finish for the Frenchman, who had already had his hand on the title.
Defending champion Maurizio Micheluz finished second in the E1 class behind guest entrant Edward Hübner from Germany. This is the 14th time Micheluz has been European Champion, in the cubic capacity classes and even in the overall! But the 39-year-old is not thinking about quitting yet, why should he with this success.
The E3 class saw the duel between the Belgian Dietger Damiaens and the Frenchman David Abgrall. After the Briton Daniel Mundell had not started due to injury, Damiaens had a 7-point lead over the Frenchman. In the daily classification Damiaens had to admit defeat to guest starter Luca Fischeder from Germany, but in the end, he was at least 23 seconds faster than Abgrall and took the title.
In the E2 class, Erik Willems fought his way through the day once again: after the crash in day 1, he could only ride on Sunday with lots of painkillers even if he had already become Overall Champion. His rival Nicola Recchia from Italy, was only twelve points behind. In the day’s classification Willems only came eighth, but Reccia was second behind his compatriot Giuliano Mancuso. This brought him 18 points and Willems still 8 points, so the Belgian on the Husqvarna could take home two titles.
The actual competition on this day was again won by Enrico Rinaldi from Italy, but this time ahead of another German, Luca Fischeder. However, Rinaldi was only there as a guest entrant, not least to support his team and the trophy.
A plan that worked out perfectly, because in addition to the individual rankings, the Nations Trophy was also held at the weekend: Italy won the Trophy ahead of the Netherlands and Norway. The Junior Trophy went to the young riders from France ahead of Italy and the Czech Republic.
Junior Trophy podium
In the senior category, host Germany won ahead of Slovakia, and in the women’s category won Team Italy.
Riders, teams and officials agreed that this final proved more than worthy of an Enduro European Championship from a sporting and organisational point of view.