Enduro European Championship: season finale in the Netherlands

Enduro European Championship:
season finale in the Netherlands

After the races in Italy, Czech Republic and Poland, the Enduro European Championship stops in the Netherlands for the fourth and last round of the season.
A thrilling season finale in Hellendoor, 140 km east of Amsterdam, in which the FIM Europe President Mr Martin de Graaff participated.

Mr Martin de Graaff, FIM Europe President
“It has been a pleasure that my country hosted the final round of the Enduro European Championship. The race started with a prologue on Thursday afternoon, while on Friday and Saturday there were 12 special tests with great challenges in all classes. The very experienced organizer has done a great job with riders and teams. This has been a particular season due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, but the Enduro and Rally Commission worked very well during the year in order to guarantee a fully calendar and is already working on the new one”.

Day1 – Three early champions 
The first champions were already crowned on day1: Pyry Juupaluoma from Finland, Thiebaut Passet from France and Jaromir Romancik from the Czech Republic.
In fact, the finale of the Enduro European Championship already started on Thursday evening with a Specialtest on the deep sand motocross track of the organizing Motorclub Nijeverdal Hellendoorn (MCNH). The winner was Krystof Kouble, who is still fighting for the title in the junior class and in the overall ranking. But this test counts only as the first of eleven of day1 and there he had to give up the lead to his Italian competitor Enrico Rinaldi.
In the under 21 class with the 125 cc bikes won the 18 years old Pyry Juupaluoma.
In the large two-stroke class over 250 cc, the win went to Thibaut Passet, securing the title. At the end of the day, the Beta rider had more than half a minute over the day’s runner-up Lukasz Kurowski from Poland. Passet’s direct opponent in the championship, Jiri Hadek from the Czech Republic, finished third and the French’s lead grew to an unassailable distance.
In the class of four-strokes over 250 cc, Jaromir Romancik finished fourth in the day’s classification, directly behind his rival in the championship, Tom Elwood from England. The day’s win went to Belgian Dietger Damiaens ahead of Dutchman Wesley Pittens, who already had a bit of a home advantage because they are used to the sandy surface. Thanks to 24 points of advantage Romancik gets an early success.

Day2 – Decision on the very last day
Krystof Kouble from the Czech Republic finished the season as the new champion!
He had not won by the halfway point, but was already leading because his adversaries were making life difficult for each other. Especially his biggest competitor, the Italian Enrico Rinaldi, did not manage well at all. Towards the end of the day things went a little better, but the wrong lane choice in the last extreme test cost him almost half a minute and threw him back sixth in the overall standings. This ate up his points lead and Kouble was crowned the new champion.
The only consolation for Rinaldi is that he still managed to secure the title in the Junior 2 class.
This challenge shows that the European Enduro Championship is a forge for young talents: once again a junior won the overall standing, as it has been seen again and again in the last years.
Former senior champion Arne Domeyer reported back to the championship with two special tests wins in the Netherlands. But he finished third in the championship as he missed the race in the Czech Republic: ahead of him Andrea Belotti from Italy and Martin Gottvald from the Czech Republic.
In the women’s category, Justine Martel from France did not do well on either day, but two third places were enough to take her the first championship title.
Maurizio Micheluz, on the other hand, had won his eleventh championship title in the 250cc two-stroke class and also became champion of the trade teams with the Italian team “Diligenti Racing”.

In the Trophy challenge won the Czech Republic ahead of Italy and the Netherlands. In the Junior Trophy France won ahead of the Netherlands and Germany.

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