News Archive 2017
4th round in Slovakia - Day 3 - "The Italian Job"
The Italian Job” - Not just a classic film, but the result of an enduro season:
The third and last day of the final round of the Enduro European Championship took place in Gelnica / Slovakia, on Sunday, 15th of October 2017. But the result seems rather mediteran, because in the overall rating of all riders, three Italians were at the top of the podium: The new overall champion is the Junior Matteo Pavoni, who is also champion in the junior class !E1! on the 250th four-stroke KTM.
His already 34 year old countryman Maurizio Micheluz,took second place and Oscar Balletti cam third, both on a 300cc Husqvarna-2-stroke bike.
On this last day in the season, only the final motocross should be count. But on the way, the favorite for the motocross, the Czech Jaromir Romancik crashed on the stage and injured his face. Fortunately not hard, because in the end he could still win the day, not only in his E2 class, but also in the overall evaluation.
The real fight for the European Championship took place in the sixth place: In the race of his class Micheluz had presented the time, at which Pavoni would have to be measured. In fact, the junior in his race with the seven rounds, needed not quite longer as a second and was able to defend his championship. But for Micheluz, it was enough for the European Championship title in the E3 class, ahead of his fellow competitor Balletti.
So it is no wonder, that the three togeather with their countryman Lorenzo Macoritto, also brought the national trophy to Italy. Macoritto had even been the second-fastest of all riders in the final motocross.
In the junior class, the 20-year-old, Joakim Grelsson was already the champion. His Swedish national, Calle Johansson, was still Vice-Champion, while the Frenchman Neels Theric was placed third. These were the three special prices that the promoter Wolfgang Butzner had donated: a work pavilion and Metzeler tires for tosupport the youngest riders.
In the senior E2 class the Briton Jamie Lewis once again showed his skills and became second behind the guest starter and cross-specialist Romancik and secured himself on his Yamaha the title before the German Marco Neubert and the Sweden Oliver Nelson.
With the veterans, the decision in the championship was still outstanding. But in the beginning the leader in the championship, Arne Domeyer, was only third after the first lap, while his German countryman Sven Kiedrowski had taken the lead from the title defending champion Sebastian Krywult from Poland. Displacement technology, Domeyer was under these two riders, but he could still move past Krywult and secure the title.
Riders, Teams and new organizers are already planing the upcoming season 2018.
More is coming soon this way.
4rd round in Slovakia - Day 2 - First champions at the second day
The second day of the three-day final round of the Enduro European Championship took place in Gelnica / Slovakia, on Saturday, 14 October 2017. One day before the ultimate end of the championship, the in four different classes the champions are crowned already. They had reached so many points in advantage that they can no longer be called up.
The first new champion was Joakim Grelsson in the youngest of the junior class, in the U20 class for the 125cc riders. In the morning the Swede was still just nine points ahead, but his fellow countryman and challenger Calle Johansson got technical problems and fell out prematurely. So the KTM rider was able to catch up no longer and won this title as well as the working-pavilion, the promoter Wolfgang Butzner had donated as support for the youngest drivers for the championship title.
Pavoni was also a new champion in the Junior E1 class. The KTM rider could have finished fourth in the class on this day to catch the title, but he became faster ever: Not only winning his own class, in the very last special stage, he did the fastest time of all riders and rise up to seconds overall. Still, the Italian does not celebrate his championship, because on the last day he will definitely want to win the overall title, where he is in the lead with only seven points. That means he had to finish forth position to be sure to win the overall als well.
In the senior Enduro1 class, the Swede Andreas Linusson secured his title prematurely: his competitor Daan Bruijstens from Holland did not manage with the conditions on the ground and landed on the first two days on the ninth and eighth in the class. This gave the KTM driver Linusson, who took no risk, a fourth place to go uninhibitably into the lead.
The fourth title of the day was to Jessica Gardiner: The Australian woman is riding with a French license and therefore can be rated for the European Championship. Despite injured shoulder and despite the unusual motorcycle, the Yamaha she-rider again won the class and has so much advantage that she cant be caught up any more.
In the other classes, and above all in the overall ranking, the decision will only be taken at the final motocross. Class-wise, the drivers are left with a mass start on the slopes and have to drive the best lap time in the seven rounds.
4rd round in Slovakia - Day 1 - Trouble for the leading riders
The first day of the final round of the Enduro European Championship took place on Friday 13th October 2017 in Gelnica / Slovakia. More than 180 km challenging offraod had to be crossed this day.
In the overall, Junior Matteo Pavoni was able to defend his lead with a seventh position this day.
The second of the championship, Oscar Balletti, left his bike with a technical problem and the former third, the Italian Maurizio Micheluz, could catch up hugely: This experienced pilot, who had already been two-time overall champion, was winning the days special tests. Second was the German Marco Neubert in front of Jonathan Rosse from Switzerland.
Micheluz passed his Italian countryman Balletti not only in the class rating, but also in the overall championship, and right now he was only three points behind Pavoni, who had won at least his
junior-class E1 on that day and expanded this the championship lead.
In the senior class E1 the current leader, Andreas Linusson from Sweden, didn’t risk anything and finished fifth position. His challenger Daan Bruijsten from Holland did not manage so well and was even only ninth. 34 points ahead are a lot - but the title is not finally awarded to Linusson.
In the senior class E2 the reigning champion Marco Neubert could not only win the first time this year, but also won nine points against the leader of the championship, the British Jamie Lewis. But the two riders still separate 14 points for the remaining two days.
In the senior class E3, Maurizio Micheluz took the lead in the championship through the overall victory and the failure of his countryman Oscar Balletti. But Balletti will be back with a repaired bike at the start the next day.
The second position in the class was done by local master Stefan Svitko from Slovakia.
With the veterans over 40 years the so far leading Arne Domeyer could calmly approach, because its point projection is sufficiently large. But the reigning champion Sebastian Krywult from Poland was back on his old displacement and instead of the 350th four-stroke engine he now took the first place with the 300-speed 2-stroke engine.
In the women, Jessica Gardiner from Australia fought for the first place in the class. Not only she was hampered by her shoulders but also had to learn in a short period to ride a new motorbike. Her competition-bike had been stolen from the transporter two nights ago. However, the friendly borrowed Yamaha was an unusual 2-stroke.
On the second day, the same distance will be ridden by the competitors. Because the time controls have been quite tight, the riders were given more time on the stage for the Saturday, before the final motocross on Sunday.
The championship-fight in the class for the youngest riders, the Junior-U-20-class could become more interisting: The promotor of the european enduro championship, Wolfgang Butzner, has put into special prices: The winner will earn a working-pavillon, and the riders on second and third position will have Metzeler-enduro-tyres for their bikes. Butzner will support the youngest riders in that way.
4th and final round in Gelnica / Slovakia - Preview
From Friday 13th up to Sunday 15th of October 2017, the final of the Enduro European Championship takes place in Gelnica / Slovakia (nearby Cosice):
More than 120 participants from eleven nations will race the more than 180 km track in usual Enduro-mode for the first two days. The highlight will be the last day, the traditional motocross an Sunday.
Up to now, no title in non class is decided yet – and with three days left, everything is still possible.
This applies both in the individual classes as well as in the overall scoring.
However, three Italians are at the front: Junior Matteo Pavoni has only nine points ahead of his countryman Oscar Balletti and another five points in front of the former champion Maurizio Micheluz.
But the two challenger in the back have no advantage, because in the region were already the team-world championships (ISDE) in 2015. There was Pavoni already with the Italian Junio-Trophy. So he will prepared about the situation of the track by his own experience. Just like Balletti, who was in the Italian trophy two years ago.
Maybe this is also the best condition for the team championship in this European Championship. Because the final in Gelnica is not called mini-sixdays for nothing: There will be not only the final in the individual classes, but also at the same time a national rating over the three days.
The organisation in Gelinca is very well done: There will be short ways to the three different tests and the two time-controls. Very easy for all the teams, fans and spectators.
You can also visit there page under http://enduro-gelnica.sk/en/
Provisional dates for the EEC 2018
Here are the new dates for the Enduro European Championship 2018
They are provisional.
Italy / Venue tbc
Romania / Bacau
Sweden / Skovde
Poland / Kielce - (3 days Final)
Official starter list for Gelnica is online
3rd round in Germany - 2st day - Junior takes the pole
After the third round of European-Enduro-Championship there is a new leader:
The only 19 years old Matteo Pavoni from Italy took the pole in the overall-championship after another total win at the second day. It wasn`t a perfect day for the KTM-rider, because a crash in the endurotest took him some seconds. But in the end he won in this strange and sandy conditions. Sand seems to be a lucky thing for Pavoni, who made his title in the „under 20 class“ on the sandy ground of the euopean final 2016 in the Netherlands. This year climbing up into the Junior-E1-Class, from the 125 cc 2-stroke bike to the 250 cc 4-stroke KTM, he won both days the overall in Germany and took the pole in the Championship.
Second position of the day was his fellow countryman Maurizio Micheluz, which is fighting in the E3-class.
The special-tests have had been quit narrow, with tough single trails through the woods, so that more horspower does not mean to be faster. Thisfore on third position is an other junior, one with the small 125 cc bike from the „under 20 class“, the Swede Joakim Grelsson with his KTM.
In the senior-class E1 it was Andreas Linusson with his KTM to take the sixt time a victory in a row! „The secret of my success is, that I try to ride as save as possible, and I have had only one small crash this weekend.“ Second and third position went to Jeremy Carpentier from France and Daan Bruijsten from the Netherlands, like the day before.
In senior-class E2 the Brit Jamie Lewis won again on his Yamaha. This time in front of Wesley Pittens from the Netherlands and Oliver Nelson from Sweden.
Second position in the overal means victory in the senior-class E3 for Maurizio Micheluz and his Husqvarna. The German Enduro-Champion Denis Schröter had a problem with his shoulder after a crash, but he fight for third position, behind the Italian Ocar Belletti, who is still leading the championship in this class.
Third position in the overall was the victory for Joakim Grelsson in the junior „under 20 class“. Second position was to his contryman from Suede, Calle Johansson in front of the Brit Alex Walton.
The overall-winner Matteo Pavoni took the victory in the juniors-class E1 of course. Second was the Suede Pontus Skoog and Krystof Kouble from Czech.
In the juniors-class E2/E3, with the bigger bikes the podium was totaly to the french riders: Yesterdays second, Max Vial took the first position with the Husqvarna in front of David Abgrall, who is still leading the championship in the class, and Isaac Devoulx
First day the veteran Arne Domeyer had to stop the race with an injured wrist after a crash. Second day he won all the tests exept the last one: „At the end the pain was to big,“ said the German, who extend his lead in the veterans-class, while the reiging champion Sebastian Krywult from Poland was fighting with technical problems an time penalitys on seventh position. Second position was to Janis Vinters from Estonia in front of Juha Potsaari from Finland.
At the „trade-teams“ the weekend-victory for both days was to the host „Enduro dmsj German1“ in front of „Osellini Team“ from Italy and Eqipe Enduro Armee De Terre“ from France.
Now there will be nearly 10 weeks summer-holidays for the European Enduro Championship: The final competition will take place for three days, from 13th till 15th of October in Gelnika/ Slowakia.
3rd round in Germany - 1st day - juniors ahead
At the 5th of August 2017 the first day of the third round of European-Enduro-Championship took place in Burg / Germany (close to Magdeburg).
The over 74 km long circuit was ridden three times in a row and included the three tests every round. At the end the junior-riders have had been the successfull riders in the overall result.
One reason was surely the upcoming heavely rain in the last lap, when the early started juniors have had less rain than the later coming classes.
So the Italian Mateo Pavoni won the overall ranking with his KTM in front of the Frenchman David Abgrall on the Sherco and his countryman Max Viall on the Husqvarna. After them count Maurizio Micheluz on the fourth place in the overall. The former overall champion from Italy is certainly no onger a Junior with his 34 years.
Best local hero was the reigning German champion Dennis Schröter on the fifth position, who had lost in the first Endurotest over 15 seconds after a crash.
Five times in a row the Swede Andreas Linusson won the Senior-E1-Class in front oft he former junior champion Jeremy Carpentier from France. The Dutchman Daan Bruijsten became the third position.
In the senior class E2, the englishman Jamie Lewis could win against local matadors Davide von Zitzewitz and the reigning European champion Marco Neubert.
As the best professional Maurizio Michelus Husqvarna with the also his classes seniors E3 local champion Dennis Schröter and before the last leading overall championship, the Italian Oscar Ballets. The Este Rannar Usna, who had long been in second place, collapsed at the same time three times slid back and forth, but fought back to the square before Fourth.
As overal-winner, Matteo Pavoni, of course, also won the Junior E1 Class, ahead of Sweden's Pontus Skoog and the Czech Republic's Krystof Kouble.
In the juniors E2 / E3 Class with the big motorcycles: David Abgall took the first place in front of both French Max Vial and Jean-Baptiste Nicolot.
With 33 starting rinders, the U20 class is one oft he most successful youth-promotion of the FIM Europe: Participants have tob e under 20 years old and must only start with 125 machines, according to the driving license already with 16 years. Winner became the Swede Joakim Grelsson in front of his countryman Calle Johansson and the French Neels Theric.
In the veterans over 40 years, the leader of the championship Arne Domeyer, who got injured wrist after a crash, opened the way for the Finns Juha Puotsaari and Tero Koskinen, in front of the reigning champion Sebastian Krywult from Poland.
In the women class, Jessica Gardiner from Australia catches only one minute penalty on the track an won the class with this. Second Marita Nyqvist from Finland was followed by Sweden's Hanna Berzelius.
Even without mountains or heavy uphils this competition was worth for an international competition: more than 95% off-road route and tight stages demand the Enduro riders out. There was no time to rest and the fastest riders needs over an hour and 18 minutes only for the nine special tests. The heavely rain at the end of the day does it make not even more easy for participants.
3rd round in Germany - real enduro, even without mountains
At the 5th and 6th of August 2017 the third round of the European-Enduro-Championship will take place in Burg / Germany (close to Magdeburg).
As in Estonia, the last round, only one month before, the locality is plain, without mountains and uphills.
Nevertheless includes the more than 80 km long track 95% offroad and will be physically tiring for the riders.
The ground will be mostly sandy, in the woods very bumpy with a lot of roots. This will be a small home-advantage fort the german riders, which are used to all this conditions, while there is a round of German Championchip since 22 years. Even at this weekend, the competition is one of the German Championship.
Every three laps there will be one motocross- and two enduro-tests. This adds up to over one hour test-times.
In addition, there will be a showstart in the center of the town in order to present the endurosport to the audience on Saturday.
A total of 160 riders participated in the European Championship run at this first weekend of August.
The leader in the overall rating, the Italian Oscar Balletti, comes with a respectable lead in front of his countryman Matteo Pavoni into this round. The Junior Pavoni has had won the second day in Estonia, while Balletti have had not been particularly successful. Favorit is the reigning German champion Dennis Schröter, who have had already proved himself as a gueststarter in Estonia. In Germany he is well known as a specialist in this sandy terrain.
Dennis Schröter in Burg 2016
This should not impress the Swede Andreas Linusson: The KTM driver has had won all races so far in the E1 class and it seems as if he wants to continue this until he reached the title.
The local 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-points in the E3-class in not this dominant, as in the overall: Rannar Uusna from Estonia could be dangerous to him in the championship, because he is used to such conditions.
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