The Swedish Albin Elowson won the first day of the second round of the 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.
The Czech Kristof Kouble surprisingly won the second day of the Enduro European Championship.
Because of the bad weather with heavy rain, the organizer + defused parts of the track and the special tests, because in day1 only 70 of the 107 participants crossed the finish line.
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.