SALVINI Takes Control of EnduroGP!

Once again, we had an unpredictable Grand Prix full of surprises which went down to the wire with fights that lasted until the last special test of the day.
The Polisport Grand Prix of Portugal also saw the 24MX Leader Plates change hands, we look back on a weekend punctuated by heat and dust…

The biggest change of leader plate comes in the “king” category, EnduroGP. Indeed, with his perfect weekend, Alex SALVINI (I – Husqvarna) returned to equal Eero REMES (SF – TM) on points. But it all comes down to the number of victories, and it’s 3 for the Italian against 1 for the Finn, therefore it’s SALVINI who leaves with the 24MX Leader Plate, and will land in Tallinn in Estonia with the gold plate on his bike. Behind this duo, who have led the charge at the beginning of the season, it is the 2017 EnduroGP World Champion, Steve HOLCOMBE (GB – Beta) who sits third in the provisional standings – although he is only 6 points behind SALVINI and REMES!

In Enduro 1, Jamie MCCANNEY (GB – Yamaha) keeps hold of his 24MX Leader Plate, despite his lead being reduced on Sunday by his biggest rival so far, Brad FREEMAN (GB – Beta Boano). The Boano rider also took his first victory in a Senior class on the second day in Portugal and is only 4 points behind his compatriot… Antoine BASSET (F – Gas Gas), with his two podiums, consolidated his third place.

In Enduro 2, as in EnduroGP, no one could contain the fire of “SALVO” and the Italian pulled 8 points on Eero REMES. Meanwhile Loïc LARRIEU (F – Yamaha) managed two excellent third places which allowed him to take 18 points on the next man, Matthew PHILLIPS (AUS – Sherco).

For his part, Steve HOLCOMBE (GB – Beta) is currently ruling over the E3 category with 14 points advantage on Christophe NAMBOTIN (F – Gas Gas), who was very strong on Portugal’s dusty terrain, and 18 points of Danny MCCANNEY (GB – Gas Gas).

Finally, in the Juniors, Andrea VERONA (I – TM) had to relinquish the 24MX Leader Plate to Beta Boano rider Matteo CAVALLO (I)! Victim of a big crash at the first Extreme Test on Saturday, CAVALLO still went on to take an incredible victory. And on Sunday the Italian dominated the class. He is now 10 points ahead of VERONA while Davide SORECA (I – TM) clings to the Top 3, under threat from Ivan CERVANTES’ protégés, Enric FRANCISCO (E – KTM) and Kirian MIRABET (E – Honda), as well as the Belgian Antoine MAGAIN (KTM).

Two 24MX Leader Plates have changed hands this weekend, with Alex SALVINI showing the ‘killer instinct’ which we’ve not witnessed from him for a few years, and CAVALLO showing his rivals that he’s capable of a very strong pace.
The race for title in all classes is very exciting and we can scarcely wait for the 2nd and 3rd of June and Round 4 in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn!

Provisional Standings:

EnduroGP : 1. Alex SALVINI 84pts ; 2. Eero REMES 84pts ; 3. Steve HOLCOMBE 78pts ; 4. Jamie MCCANNEY 73pts; 5. Brad FREEMAN 60pts…

Enduro 1: 1. Jamie MCCANNEY 110pts; 2. Brad FREEMAN 106pts; 3. Antoine BASSET 80pts; 4. Eemil POHJOLA 60pts; 5. Jiri LEINO 42pts…

Enduro 2: 1. Alex SALVINI 114pts; 2. Eero REMES 106pts; 3. Loïc LARRIEU 89pts; 4. Matthew PHILLIPS 71pts; 5. Thomas OLDRATI 62pts…

Enduro 3: 1. Steve HOLCOMBE 104pts; 2. Christophe NAMBOTIN 90pts; 3. Danny MCCANNEY 86pts; 4. Anthony GESLIN 56pts; 5. Aleksi JUKOLA 40pts…

Junior: 1. Matteo CAVALLO 76pts; 2. Andrea VERONA 66pts; 3. Davide SORECA 46pts; 4. Enric FRANCISCO 42pts; 5. Antoine MAGAIN 41pts…

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