Finally! After several long months of preparation, the FIM Maxxis World Enduro Championship was back in business this weekend at the 83rd edition of the legendary Finnish Päitsi race. On snowy and frozen ground, the stars of EnduroGP had to adopt a new riding style, quite different from their usual, and that of course benefited the local riders…
“JUKOLA, REMES & MCCANNEY… First 24MX Leaders of 2018!” verder lezen
The Finnish ‘Päitsi’, an event with over ninety years of history in this Nordic country, has given a welcome for the second year running to the ‘white hell’ of Lake Päijänne. This was an extremely tough event marked by the freezing temperatures and the great banks of snow in the stages. The young rider Eemil Pohjola rode brilliantly on his GasGas bike, taking it to the very top of the podium on the second day in the Enduro World Championship.
“Pohjola and GasGas victorious in E1 in the Enduro GP of Finland” verder lezen
Päijänne, the great Finnish adventure, ended on a high this afternoon in the capital city of Helsinki after a shorter second day of racing (7 hours and 20 minutes!). Sunday was not only less taxing in terms of tests, but also in terms of temperature! Indeed, the temperatures finally began to rise into the ‘plus range’ as Helsinki approached, and the snow was less abundant over the twelve special stages of the second day of the Grand Prix of Finland.
The legendary Päijänne nevertheless remains a race for the specialists and in this game the local riders still appear to be unbeatable, despite the enormous amount of progress shown by the regulars of the Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship, who today really managed to worry the fast Finns.
“A Legendary Course for the Heroes of Enduro…” verder lezen
The winter is long in Finland… since late November, the cold and the snow has taken hold of this Scandinavian country. Six months later, this cold snap seems never-ending. And while southern Europe is waking up at the beginning of spring, the thermometer continues to flirt happily below minus 10 celsius in Finland. Vierumäki, 200 kilometres north of Helsinki, was where the riders started the 83rd edition of Päijänne, in temperatures of -13 degrees!
This first round of the Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship offered a completely different setting than that of the 2017 edition, where snow was scarce. However, that didn’t discourage the 180 riders of the Grand Prix of Finland who raced relentlessly for twelve hours and thirty minutes, with sixteen timed special tests spread over more than 400 kilometres…
“Don’t mess with the Finn!” verder lezen