Fourth round in Finland – 3nd and final day in Heinola
Finland wins in Finland
On the third and last riding day at the finals of the European Enduro Championship in Heinola, Finland, the national teams' scores were decided:
The "Heinola MotoKlub" (HeMK) had prepared the final motocross on the former MX World Championship track very well and could therefore be carried out without problems.
The riders went to the start in classes, but their results were also evaluated across the board for the teams.
In the end it was not surprising that host Finland won the Trophy with Roni Kytönen, Antti Hänninen, Mika Tamminen and Eemil Pohjola. Second was the Trophy from Slovakia and third was the team from Sweden.
Finnish rider Pohoja had already secured his individual title as European Champion in the class over 250 ccm four stroke the day before. But the most outstanding rider from the Finnish team was undoubtedly Roni Kytönen: The 19-year-old junior not only won the European Champion title in the junior class E1, but also became champion of all classes in the overall ranking. In addition with the Trophy (see above) and his team from "Kytönen Motorsport" he also won the Trade Team title.
20 years after his father Vesa had become World Champion, his son Roni now had the greatest possible international success in the finals of the European Enduro-Championship.
In the Junior Trophy the team from Sweden won with individual European Champion Max Ahlin, Albin Norrbin, Oscar Ljungström and Noah Largen, ahead of Finland and France.
The Swedes were also at the top of the women's podium: They won the women's trophy with European Champion Hanna Berzelius, sisters Martina and Emilia Reimander and Emma Wennbom, ahead of Finland and England.
But the Finns were successful again in the senior category: The senior trophy was won by Janne Mukkala, Santeri Enjala, Mika Paavola and Marco Leponiemi ahead of Sweden.
But because the championship had not been decided prematurely in all classes, attention in the second race of the day was focused on the leader Sebastian Krywolt: The Pole defended not only his lead but also his European championship title in the senior class with a day's victory.
The Italian Maurizio Micheluz didn't have such an easy time: The Husqvarna rider started the last day with a lot of points advantage, but in the cross-race of the 250 cc two-stroke class he only finished third. But that was enough for the already 36 year old rider, to also defend the European Championship title in the 250 2-stroke class.
Double success and other titles
Local hero Roni Kytönen was able to clinch both possible titles early, on the second day of the European Enduro Championship finale in Heinola, Finland.
With an overall victory of the day, the Husqvarna rider not only clinched the title in the small cubic capacity class juniors E1, but also the European Champion title in the overall standings of all drivers.
But in the first of the three laps it didn't look like that yet: In the second special stage, the 19-year-old had crashed and lost about 20 seconds to the competition. He followed this gap and made up for it in five tests. At the beginning of the third lap he was able to take the lead again and then kept his nerve and extended his lead to over 15 seconds.
Jed Etchells, the Briton, was the only one who had a real chance to win the title. He "excused" his second place on the day by saying that it wasn't as wet and slippery as it have been on the first day.
At the same time some titles in the different classes were decided prematurely:
With another day's victory the Swedish Hanna Berzelius on her Husqvarna secured the title in the women's singles with another day's victory.
Her only 17-year-old compatriot Max Ahlin became European Champion in the juniors under 21: The Husqvarna pilot took no risks, was in the class, so far unbeaten only second behind his compatriot Albin Norbbin, but that was enough for the early title.
In the cubic capacity junior class E2-E3, Jed Etchells, beaten by Kytönen, won the day on the Sherco by almost two minutes and at the same time won the early title. He thus follows in the footsteps of his British compatriots Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman, who were also successful in the European Championship.
Although local hero and guest starter Mika Tamminen beat Jiri Hadek from the Czech Republic today, the KTM rider still won the European Championship title in the two-stroke 250 cc class early.
After Patrik Markvart had already been awarded the title in the small four-stroke class up to 250 ccm on the first day, the title in the large four-stroke class over 250 ccm went to local hero Eemil Pohjola on the second day. He won all the races with his TM.
At the final Motocross on the last day on the former Motocross World Championship track in Heinola, besides the victories in the event classification, the championship titles for the seniors and the small two-strokes up to 250 cc have to be riden out.
English victory in English weather
The partly heavy rain had made the track and special stages at the finale of the European Enduro Championship in Heinola, Finland, particularly difficult and demanding. On the slippery stones and smooth roots the motorcycles had to set the best times.
At first, 19-year-old Roni Kytönen was able to use his home advantage and took the lead - but always the Englishman Jed Etchells was at the back. After the first lap, he found the right suspension setting on his new Sherco and pushed the Finn in front of him. At the end of the second lap he was able to take the lead with less than a second. But already in the next special stage Kytönen took the lead back again. But then Etchells drove 13 seconds faster than all other riders in the next test and laid the foundation for his first overall victory of the day. "In the rain and mud and right through the woods, I trained a lot in the winter, conditions like these suit me," the 18-year-old junior rejoiced afterwards.
In the championship, Kristof Kouble, the leader, had not started due to injury and then Albin Elowson from Sweden, who was on third championship position, dropped out abger a crash in the morning on his way to the first special stage, also dropped out after a crash.
This allowed Kytönen to take the lead in the championship and further extend his lead over the competition.
In the cubic capacity classes, the first champion was already crowned prematurely:
Patrik Markvart from the Czech Republic can already be celebrated as the champion in the 250 cc four-stroke engine class: The KTM rider had already won all the races this year and is therefore already unbeatable in the lead, although there are still two days to go.
In the women's event, day winner Hanna Berzelius from Sweden may be able to secure her title on the second of the three driving days: competitor Nieve Holmes from England still suffers from her injured shoulder and, in addition, she jumped down the drive chain twice in the special stage, which is why she lost the shot.
Final in Finland
The final oft he European Enduro Championship will take place coming weekend in Heinola / Finland.
The former motocross world championship track has already hosted many international enduro competitions. From Friday, September 6, 2019, to Sunday, September 8, 2019, the European Championships will be staging their championships over three days. Two days are dedicated to the terrain and the special stages, on the last day there will be a final motocross contest for the last positions.
That's why the cross-country course in the north of Heinola is also the place for the paddock and the administration. And to make it even easier for the teams, the second time control will also be there, so that there will be short distances for all the staff.
But it won't be any easier for the riders: they will each have to complete three laps on the 55 km long track and complete every lap all the three different special stages.
The final decisions will then be made on Sunday at the final cross of the individual classes. Afterwards the medals for the European Championship will be awarded at the award ceremony.
Because it will take three days, 90 championship points will be awarded in this last competition. So theoretically the first 10 in the championship can become overall winners.
Czech rider Kristof Kouble is currently leading with eleven points ahead of Ronny Kytönen. But maybe the Finnish rider has a home advantage and can still beat his competitor? The 19-year-old had already managed this at the last race in Latvia. But that alone will not be enough for him this time, when the Czech takes second place every day. Kouble has to stumble at the same time to clear the way for Kytönen to win at home.
Double victory for Kytönen
The only 19-year-old junior Rony Kytönen from Finland won the third round of
the European Enduro Championship in Madona, Latvia, on the second day with
another day's victory in the class and the overall ranking and not only the
overall victory over both days, but he also extended his lead in the junior
class „E1“. For the young rider this is the first overall victory in the
European Championship. "This gives me a lot of self-confidence," said the
Husavarna rider, whose father Vesa, a former enduro world champion (1999),
had accompanied him on this trip.
Second became Albin Elowson, only 18 seconds behind. But the Swede knows
that he was ill just before the competition and had to take antibiotics,
which is why he was physically behind. "But the more I ride, the better." He
was also reconciled with the fact, that he naturally won the big four-stroke
class and, despite his retirement in Slovakia, slipped back to second place
in this championship. "And I had a small crash on the very last special
stage, which certainly cost me ten seconds.
The international competition again took place in the two-stroke driver
classes: In the small-capacity category, Maurizio Micheluz from Italy won
and in the large-capacity category, Dennis Schröter from Germany won.
In the senior category, defending champion Sebastian Krywult from Poland was
able to win the second day one despite his knee injury and extend his lead.
The British rider Nive Holmes did not manage the trick: After her right
shoulder was dislocated on the first day when she came into contact with a
tree, she could only ride the second day in pain. Nevertheless, she finished
third, but lost the championship lead to Hanna Berzelius from Sweden.
The upcoming final, in early September in Finland, will certainly be
exciting: Kytönen has shown that he can beat the still overall leader
Kristof Kouble and in Finland he would also have a home advantage.
Juniors fight to the end
At the third round of the European Enduro Championship in Latvia the juniors
fought for the overall victory until the last special-test on the first
competition-day: Up to this tim the Finn Roni Kytönen was still back:
"Things didn't go so well in the very first test, but I almost caught up
until the end - I knew that I simply had to risk everything.“ - The
Husqvarna rider did as he said and even managed to take seven seconds off
championship leader Kristof Kouble. So finaly the Finn finally won the day.
"In the end, Roni was simply faster than me," Kouble admitted without envy,
but he still keeps his lead in the championship for a long time. Of course,
both riders also won their respective cubic capacity classes at the same
time: Kytönen the Junior class E1, and Kouble on the KTM the Junior class of
the more powerful E2 and E3 machines - ahead of the Brit Jed Etchells.
The next Finn, Eemil Pohjola, took third place in the overall standings, but
he was also able to win the big four-stroke class ahead of Albin Elowson
Directly behind these two riders, the Swede Max Ahlin rode his brand new
125cc Husqvarna to fifth place in the overall standings and once again
clinched a victory in the class of the youngest riders with the small 125cc
motorcycles. Ahlin had just switched from KTM to Husqvarna the week before.
It also became highly international in the two-stroke class: Maurizio
Micheluz, an Italian, won the small-capacity category and Dennis Schröter, a
German, won the large-capacity category.
A total of seven different nations were represented in the top 14 of the
The organizer in Madona had proved its worth on this first day of riding: No
problems at all on the track or in the special stages, so that the second
day will be done according to the same schedule as this first day.
The award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 16:30 at the central square
Third round in Latvia
The European Enduro Championship will move to Latvia for the third round of the four competitions: the paddock and the administration will be located in the middle of Madona on the coming weekend of 29th and 30th of July 2019.
On Saturday and Sunday, the 100 riders from 14 nations will be sent out for the three laps from 8:00 a.m. onwards. There are around 180 km to be ridden daily and two different special stages to be completed in each lap. The Enduro test and the Crosstelst are not far apart, so that it will be easy for spectators and teams to follow the competition.
It won't be that easy for the riders, because in Madona regular international competitions, from the Enduro Sprint to the Baltic Enduro Cup, have been taking place for several years now. So that there is a lot of experience with challenging course management, but also with the organization of such events.
To set the mood for this international competition, an official opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening at 6:30 pm.
The Czech rider Kristof Kouble turned out to be the favourite. Behind him are Albin Elowson from Sweden and Roni Kytönen from Finland, who even won his junior class in the World Championship two weeks ago. This will provide excitement, as the top drivers in the championship and in the individual classes will of course all be at the starting line..
Overall-win to Kristof Kouble in Brezno / Slovakia
The Czech Kristof Kouble surprisingly won the second day of the second round of this year's European Enduro Championship in Brezno, Slovakia: The previous day's winner, Albin Elowson, have had led more than half the time, but a gearbox damage on his motorcycle caused the Swede to check out prematurely. Shortly before, his compatriot Mikael Persson, yesterday's third overall, had retired after a crash with electrical problems.
The only 19-year-old junior Rony Kytönen from Finland was able to finish second in the overall standings ahead of the Brits Jed Etcheles. In this order was the overall standings over the two days and Kouble continues the championship-lead in the overall class.
Both top-riders also won their cubic capacity class: Kouble the junior class 2/3, Kytönen the junior class 1. Etcheles starts as a junior with Kouble in the same class and therefore became second there.
The only Italian at the start was the former European Champion Maurizio Micheluz, who won the 250cc two-stroke class and finished fourth in the overall standings on day two. Directly behind him in fifth place was the only 17-year-old Max Ahlin, who finished fifth in the overall standings in the 125cc Youth Cup.
In the women's class, Audrey Rossat, the former European Champion of 2014, won: The French rider benefited from her great experience on the demanding course and ended the day with the least penalty minutes - all other women, if they ever reached the finish line, had also been late on the course.
Because of the bad weather with heavy rain, the organiser had defused parts of the track and the special stages. That was a good thing, because it was still difficult enough - in the end only 70 of the 107 participants who originally started on the first day crossed the finish line.
Albin Elowson wins first day in Brezno / Slovakia
The Swede Albin Elowson won the first day of the second round of this year's European Enduro Championship in Brezno / Slovakia, in the overall standings: The Husqvarna rider gradually managed to get ahead of championship leader Kristof Kouble, who in the end added up to over half a minute.
Both riders also won their cubic capacity class, Elowson the four-stroke 250cc class and Kouble the junior 2-3 class.
The junior class 1, with the smaller cubic capacity motorcycles, was won by the Finn Roni Kytönen, who had to overtake some slower riders on the track in front of him, otherwise he might have been even better than his fourth place in the overall standings.
How demanding the track and the special stages were is most evident in the women's class: there the English rider Nieve Holmes won - although she got an additional penalty minute on the track: "I was in time at the time control in time, but I still had to refuel," said the Sherco rider, who switched from motocross to enduro only two years ago. "I drove more cautiously and looked more closely so that I wouldn't make any mistakes in the tests," she revealed her secret recipe. That worked because the demanding specials offered many opportunities for mistakes.
The women also had to fight hard on the track, just three of the 13 female riders remained without penalty points.
But because bad weather is predicted for the second day, the organiser has installed some defusing measures on the stage as well as in enduro and extreme tests.
Second round in Slovakia
The European Enduro Championship changes to the second round of the four competitions into Slovakia, next weekend on 18th and 19th of May 2019: The former mining town also has a tradition in Enduro sport. For a long time, the "Sports Training Centre for Offroad Motorcycles" was one of the largest clubs in Slovakia. Numerous competitions took place here, an just last year on round to the Slovak and Czech Championships.
The riders and teams of the European Championship move to the historical market square in the middle of the city, where the paddock and the administration centre are located.
On Saturday and Sunday the more than 100 riders from 13 nations will be sent out for the three laps from 9:00 a.m. onwards. There are around 180 km to be driven daily and three different special stages to be completed in each lap.
The award ceremony will take place on Sunday from 17:00.
To set the mood for this international event, an official opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening at 6 p.m. - together with cultural performances and fireworks at the end.
Czech rider Kristof Kouble turned out to be the favourite at the season opener. Behind him are Albin Elowson from Sweden and Eemil Pohjola from Finland with equal championship-points. But in his Slovak home Thomas Hostinsky should certainly not be underestimated: The Husqvarna rider is already leading his class in the championship classification, the two-strokes up to 250 cc.
Double for Kouble in Portugal
Krystof Kouble from the Czech Republic also won the second day at the start of the European Enduro Championship in Gois, Portugal.
Thus, the KTM rider takes the lead in the overall classification for the first time.
The only 21-year-old motorcyclist naturally also won the junior class E2/3 in which he takes part.
The Swede Albin Elowson not only won the cubic capacity class of the big four-strokes, but also took second place in the overall standings with his
Husqvarna. The Finn Eemil Pohjola, who had been ahead of Elowson the day before, lost some time after a crash, when he had to ride two special stages without clutch.
The Swede Max Ahlin won the youngest of the participants, the 125cc riders up to the age of 21, as he did on day one: The 17-year-old Sherco rider
finished sixth in the overall standings, just behind 125cc last year's winner Roni Kytönen from Finland, who this season moved up to the junior class with the big bikes.
But also in the class no herb seems to have grown against the Husqvarna rider, because in the junior class E1 he also won both daily classifications superior.
The Finn Petri Pohiamo, who has been successful in the Enduro World Championship in the past, won his first seniors' race among seniors who are
over 40 years old. On the first day he had to give up prematurely due to technical problems, so he is still a bit behind in the championship.
Even though there was less rain in Portugal on that day, the track was much more difficult than the day before - the ruts were too deep and cost
additional power. So again there were numerous retirements, even though some riders with technical problems or physical injuries just managed to make it
to the finish. Almost a quarter of the participants dropped out and a further quarter of the participants collected time penalty points due to delays at the checkpoints.
The Góis Moto Clube has done an excellent job as the organiser on site to organise the competition under these difficult conditions in an excellent and trouble-free way.
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Junior Kouble wins the first day
The only 21-year-old Krystof Kouble from the Czech Republic won the first day at the start of the European Enduro Championship in Gois, Portugal.
From the first stage on, the KTM rider took the lead and extended this lead to 22 seconds until the end. After a slip-up in the enduro test his lead had shrunk a little, but overall all participants had to struggle more with the weather conditions than with the competition. Heavy rain and hailstorms had made the track muddy and slippery and had led the organizers to some detours.
The second of the day, the Finn Eemil Pohjamo: took on more than 4,000 km of the journey: The TM-pilot on the 300 two-stroke fought his way up to second place after the first lap and didn't give up after a crash in the crosstest. The third rider of the day, the Swede Albin Elowson, had no chance to get close.
Fourth place went to an even younger rider: The Swede Max Ahlin with the small 125cc machine also won the biggest class in this European Championship season opener.
The Czech rider Zuzana Novackova won the women's race: Not because she was the fastest in the special stages, but because she had collected the fewest penalty minutes on the demanding track: In the end she had a lead of over eight minutes over Hanna Berzelius from Sweden, who is so much faster in the special stages.
All in all, at the end only 13% of the riders quit the competition bevore the end.
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With an overall victory in the final cross, the Italian Alessandro Battig also won the overall championship of all riders at the final of the European Enduro Championship in Kielce, Poland, after his title in the cubic capacity class.
This only was not enough für the Kawasaki pilot, riding für the Italian E50 racing-team, he also won the European title together with the Italian national team!
Alessandro Battig hadn't even expected to go for the whole championship at the beginning of the season - he only took part in the opening event because it started in his home country Italy. Afterwards his team convinced him to contest for the complete series.
So the Italian anthem sounded even more often at the evening award ceremony.
But for the host Poland, 42-year-old Sebastian Krywult won his second championship title in the senior class.
In the women's singles it was KTM rider Sanna Kärkkäinen from Finland who won her second European Championship title in the class after 2015. She won all heats, exept the last day in the final cross. There she had to let the Sherco-rider Nieve Holmes from England take the victory in front of her on the last day.
Kärkkäinen's compatriot Roni Kytönen was able to secure the title with a triple win in Poland for the juniors under 21 years of age, after the leader of the class, the Italian Claudio Spanu, had already dropped out on the first day due to a technical defect.
The two junior classes E1 and the cubic capacity class E2/E3 were kidnapped to France: The small class was won by Thomas Dubost, who rides in the same KTM team as his friend Hugo Blanjoue. Blanjoue was unlucky in the final, when he got stuck at the start and had to fight his way up from last place. As a result, he lost so much time that he could not win the overall standings of all riders.
At the same time as the final, the national competition was also held: the club teams was won by Sweden, as well as the women's teams.
In the juniors, France dominated (with the two European champions) and the team championship went to Italy for the sixth time.
Championship for Micheluz, Montanari and Senior Krywult
On the second day of the three-day finale of the European Enduro Championship in Kielce, Poland, further drivers were able to secure the title.
The Italian Maurizio Micheluz won the two-strokes up to 250 cc with another day's victory, so far unbeaten the championship. But it is not the first title for the Husavarna rider, who has often been at the top of the podium in recent years.
However, Tommaso Montanari won his first European Championship title in the four-stroke class up to 250 cc: The Italian was beaten by local hero Giezma Maciej in the daily classification, but in the championship the KTM rider stayed ahead of his rival Jonathan Rosse from Switzerland.
The Pole Sebastian Krywult is an old hand in two senses: After 2016, the KTM rider again won the senior class for riders aged 40 and over.
On the last day of this final event there will be a final motocross over seven laps each. It is still about the titles in the overall standings, the three junior-classes and in the womens-class.
In addition, there will be a nation classification with national teams at the finals, where Italy still leads ahead of England and Germany.
Alessandro Battig is already champion
Kawasaki rider Alessandro Battig from Italy won the title in his class on the first day of the European Enduro Championship final in Kielce, Poland!
With a further day victory in the class of the four-stroke machines over 250 ccm, he was able to extend his lead unassailably.
In the remaining two days of competition he will concentrate on winning the title in the overall standings in addition. There, too, the Italian is in the lead of the European Championship and with his second place in the overall standings today, Friday, he has come a little closer to this goal. Although he was beaten on this day by his compatriot, the junior Lorenzo Macoritto, he was able to leave his direct rivals in the championship behind, as the Frenchman Hugo Blanjoue only finished third.
In fact, the nightly rain had bound the dust on the dry meadows and fields somewhat, so that this did not become a visual obstacle. But it was still dry and the two special stages were driven accordingly fast, so that for the best riders the times in the eight tests added up to almost exactly one hour special stage time.
Also Battig's compatriots Maurizio Micheluz and Tommaso Montanari can become premature champions in their cubic capacity class the next day, on Saturday: Micheluz had won the day in the two-stroke class up to 250 cc and extended his lead to a respectable 29 points. With a fifth place he would have secured the title.
Montanari in the four-stroke class up to 250 cc has a similar situation: With his victory on the day, he increased his lead to 23 points and can also celebrate his early title win with a second place on Saturday.