With a total of 160 participants from 13 different Countries, the parc fermé was filled with respectable numbers of riders.
The prologue the evening before was simply evaluated as the first special stage of the first day of riding and was actually so short that there were no evaluation advantages. But more than 1.000 spectators from the city of Skövde took the opportunity to take a close look at Enduro.
The main focus on Saturday was of course the cross-test on the ski slope, which was almost completely overlooked.
After three months without rain this changed in the afternoon – during the last lap it started to rain which was especially good for the dust development.
Frenchman Thomas Dubost (in the photo) had already laid the foundation for today’s win, with a narrow victory in the prologue: in the end, the KTM-rider was eight seconds ahead of Ronny Kytönen from Finland, who is also a Junior, but in the 125cc class. Kytönen took the second place in the very last special stage, where he managed to take eleven seconds off the Dubost countryman, Hugo Blanjoue: thus the winners of the three different junior classes were in the first three positions in the overall standings.
Local hero Albin Elowson (also a junior) retired after a crash in the lead in the first round.
The best non-junior was Italian Alessandro Battig, who has been leading the Championship so far: the Kawasaki rider finished sixth overall and won the four-strokes over 250 cc class.
His compatriot Maurizio Micheluz won the 250 cc two-strokes class and gained the eighth position in the overall.
In the Women’s singles, Finn Sanna Kärkkäinen won again ahead of the two Swedes Emelie Karlsson and Hanna Berzelius.
Among the Seniors, the Swede Anders Eriksson won the day as guest entrant ahead of Sebastian Krywult from Poland, who continues to lead the championship. Eriksson, who lives in the Skövde region and runs a motocross school, had been world champion seven times between 1995 and 2003.
The live timing can be found on the weekend at this link: www.nts-timing.se
The link to a webcam with a view of the cross-check: http://www.webcams-skandinavien.de/Schweden/Cam-Skovde-First-Hotel-Billingehus.php
The website of the organizing Moto Club: https://enduroemskovde.se/en/welcome/
Photo ©Robert Pairan