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European Enduro Championship Second day in Rieti

2015-04-12-Maurizio Micheluz Overall-ChampionOn the second day of riding Enduro Championship in Rieti (Italy) the defending champion Maurizio Micheluz (in the photo) was unstoppable again: the newly crowned Husqvarna rider again won the overall title of all riders, as thus the E1 class.

Second in the overall standings, Tom Sagar: “I have had to switch my style. Yesterday I had problems while riding in the sand at home and now on the local stones. This day it was much better”, rejoiced the Briton.In the intermediate state of the championship, the Frenchman Benoit Fortunato is tied for second place. Almost the same picture in the E1 class: there is Fortunato second behind the Italian.
In the E2 class, the result of the previous day was repeated: Sagar wins before the German Marco Neubert and Diego Nicoletti, and so is the state of the Championship after the first two of eight special days.
Martin Sundin from Sweden won again very impressively: “I had more than 20 seconds ahead after the first round. Since I have long wondered whether I should continue to push and the concentration stand by, or if I can even slow down and try to go save. I then decided to go for something in between”, the Husqvarna rider explained afterwards. So of course he leads the championship after his closest rival, the Finn Rony Nikander, who could not race after a knee injury in the morning.
In the women-class again a victory from the Finnish Sanna Karkkainen.
Ex-motocross-rider Nina Klink from the Netherlands ends up in the second place in her first international enduro competition. So she is equal in points with the reigning European champion Audrey Rossat in second place of the Championship.
In the juniors, in the E1 class, the Czech Patrik Markvart took the victory and moved  four points closer to the leader Anthony Geslin, who had lost a lot of time after a crash in one endurotest.
For the youngest, 20 years on 125cc machine, the Briton Lee Sealy got the victory he had missed on the first day with a crash. In the championship he is just two points behind Saturday’s winner Mirko Spandre from Italy.
In the Junior E2 / 3 Class Jeremy Carpentier did not repeat his victory of yesterday: “I did not feel in the cross examination well, at least it was in the enduro test.” This time, second on the day, the Honda rider finished behind Sweden Tommy Sjostrom, but at least he is still in the lead of the championship.

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Next round of the championship is 30th/31st of May in Buzet (Croatia)