European Enduro ChampionshipSecond round in Croatia – Day 1

The defending champion Maurizio Micheluz won the first day at the second round of the Enduro Championship in Buzet (Croatia).

Second position, Tom Sagar, who fought more with the power of his KTM 450 than with the other competitors: “In the narrow routes it is very hard to get close to the small machines with this big bike”, said the Briton satisfied after the competition. Ranked third overall all classes then one of the “small” motorcyles: the Swiss Jonathan Rossé, who did not only take the second place in the E1 class, but with his 250cc four-stroke Yamaha also conquered the third place in the overall standings.

This is the final standing as fot the first three positions, but it also the E1 class podium of the E1, with the Italian Micheluz on the Husqvarna in front of Rosse and the Frenchman Fortunato Benoit.

In the E2 class the British rider Tom Sagar is the winner ahead of Italian Diego Nicoletto, who gained the second place when the Estonian Rannar Uusna fell back after two rounds: “I still have pain in my shoulder, but it is slowly getting better. Last time it was in the first round, now in the last two special stages,” was the comment from Uusna.

In the E3 class, of the largest and most powerful motorcycles Slovakian Radek Toman was the winner. He was in second place for a long time, but the leader Mark Risse from Germany crashed out on the penultimate special stage and still had a small lead. But then the Beta rider got nervous and lost the victory in the very last special stage, closing less than one second behind Toman.

The victory in the Veterans-class went again to the eight-time European champion Werner Müller from Austria: right in the very first lap he extended his lead and won the match with two and a half minutes gap ahead of Czech Martin Gottvald and the Finn Juha Puotsaari. In the overall ranking of all classes with a total of 201 participants the 47-year-old gained the 25th place.

The victory in the Women’s class, as in Italy, was to the Finnish Sanna Karkkainen before the Italian Cristina Marrocco and the Swedish Hanna Berzelius.

In the class of the youngest riders, up to 20 years, the Italian Lorenzo Macoritto on KTM gained the victory in front the British Lee Sealey and the Italian Mirko Spandre.

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