European Enduro Championship at Burg (Germany) - Preview

On the 5th and 6th of August the third round of the European Enduro Championship will take place at Burg, in Germany, close to Magdeburg.
Like in Estonia, where the last round was held one month ago, the locality is plain, without mountains and hills. Nevertheless it includes a track longer than 80 km 95% offroad and will be physically tiring for the riders. The ground will be mostly sandy, in very bumpy woods with a lot of roots. This will be a small home-advantage fort German riders, who are used to all this conditions (here a round of German Championship is being held for 22 years and even this weekend the competition is valid for German Championship, too).
Every three laps there will be a motocross test and two enduro-tests. In addition, there will be a show-start in the centre of the town on Saturday, in order to present the enduro sport to the audience.

Photo© Robert Pairan

A total of 160 riders is going to participate to this round of the European Championship.
The leader of the overall rating, Italian Oscar Balletti (in the photo), arrives with a respectable advantage in front of his countryman Matteo Pavoni. The Junior Pavoni won the second day in Estonia, while Balletti was not particularly successful. The favourite is the reigning German champion Dennis Schröter, a well known specialist of this sandy terrain.
This should not impress the Swede Andreas Linusson: the KTM driver has won all races so far in the E1 class and is aiming at the title.

German riders will be the biggest rivals for the Brit Jaimie Lewis in the E2 Class: the current champion Marco Neubert as well as Davide von Zitzewitz will certainly benefit from their home advantage.

In the E3 class, Oscar Balletti’s lead in championship in the E3 class in not so dominant as in the overall: Rannar Uusna from Estonia might be dangerous for him in the championship, because he is accustomed to such conditions.

Livetiming at the following links:
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2nd day:






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