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Double Delight For Wil Ruprecht at GP of Portugal
TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht has claimed his second WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship day win of 2022, earning a hard-fought victory on day two of the GP of Portugal. Added to his day one win, Ruprecht made it a perfect weekend at the office with the Australian now leading the overall EnduroGP class with two rounds of the series completed.
In what proved to be another titanic battle at the sharp end of the results sheet, Ruprecht was challenged in the scrap for victory by KTM’s Josep Garcia and Andrea Verona (GASGAS) with the Spanish and Italian duo ultimately placing in second and third respectively in Peso da Regua.
In the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship class, Fantic’s Jane Daniels remains unbeaten so far in 2022, the British rider delivering a fourth consecutive winning performance on day two.
- TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht scored his second EnduroGP class win of 2022 in Portugal
- Ruprecht now heads the FIM EnduroGP point standings after round two
- Jane Daniels extends her lead in the Women’s category with another victory
The FIM EnduroGP paddock woke to further warm weather and dry conditions in Peso da Regua on Sunday. With all four special tests taking a beating on the opening day of racing, it would prove to be an exceptionally tough and demanding day for all competitors with three laps and 12 special tests to complete.
Ruprecht and Garcia go head-to-head in EnduroGP
At the head of the EnduroGP class, day one winner Wil Ruprecht (TM) picked up where he left off on Saturday by placing quickest in the opening Just1 Enduro Test. The Australian had clearly done his homework overnight, immediately pulling over eight seconds on Josep Garcia (KTM) in second, with Verona on his GASGAS in third. A fast-starting Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) sat fourth after test one.
Three tests in and the top three remained the same at the end of the opening POLISPORT Extreme Test, but importantly Garcia had halved the gap to Ruprecht. The fight for fourth was ever-changing with Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) on top form. He headed Thomas Oldrati (Honda), Theophile Espinasse (Beta), and Salvini by just one second.
After the second ACERBIS Cross Test, Ruprecht was pulling clear of his rivals, building an 18-second advantage over Garcia. But that almost all but disappeared on the following test as a major mistake cut that lead back to five seconds. Garcia was back in touch and duly won the following AKRAPOVIC Super Test to enter the final lap within shot of Ruprecht.
Sensing the attack, Ruprecht won the next two tests to keep the Spaniard at arm’s length. And despite Garcia posting faster times in the final two tests, it wasn’t enough as Ruprecht rode to victory over Garcia and Verona. Behind the top three, it was veteran Oldrati who finally got the better of those around him to take fourth, with Espinasse completing the top five.
Enduro3 victory for Guarneri, Verona and Ruprecht top Enduro1 and Enduro2
Beginning to make Enduro1 his own, Verona secured his fourth victory of the season. Oldrati fended off a late charge from Espinasse to claim the runner-up result by seven seconds.
In their battle for overall supremacy, Ruprecht and Garcia again ruled the roost in Enduro2. This time, Ruprecht topped the podium, with Garcia second. Making a welcome return to the top three, Salvini took third by six seconds from Nathan Watson (Honda).
A new winner emerged in Enduro3 with Fantic’s Davide Guarneri claiming a memorable win. In what is his 22nd year of world championship level competition, the Italian proved he’s just as competitive as ever. Delivering his strongest ride of the season to date, Persson placed second and looks like a rider to watch for at round three. Frenchman Antoine Basset (Beta) was third, netting his first podium result of the championship to date.
Enjoying a perfect weekend in Peso da Regua, Fantic’s Jane Daniels swept all special tests to win the Women’s category and further extend her championship lead. Rieju’s Mireia Badia took second, with Portugal’s Rita Vieira ending her home GP in third.
No stopping Zach Pichon in Juniors
Team Sherco CH Racing’s Zach Pichon has established himself as the rider to beat in the Enduro Junior class, claiming yet another convincing win on day two at the GP of Portugal. The Frenchman placed over 51 seconds clear of Beta’s Luc Fargier. Fantic’s Jed Etchells completed the top three.
After knocking on the door during the previous three days, Samuli Puhakainen (TM) made it fourth time lucky to win the Youth class. A great ride from the Finnish rider saw him claim a 41-second margin of victory over Harry Edmondson (Fantic) and Kevin Cristino (Fantic).
After two exciting back-to-back rounds to start the season, the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship continues with round three in Italy on June 24-26.
Wil Ruprecht (TM): “It’s been an awesome weekend going 1-1. Conditions were dry, dusty, and proper tough. I’m pleased with myself to have ridden maturely and strong on both days – it was a fine line between pushing hard and pushing too hard and crashing. We’ve got a few weeks to go until round three and motivation is high to keep this rhythm going.”
Josep Garcia (KTM): “Overall it’s been a solid weekend finishing second each day. I wanted to fight more for the win today, but I just wasn’t able to make it happen. I couldn’t get the better of that Enduro Test. I’ll try to work on that and be stronger next time out in Italy.”
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “Third both days is really nice and first in Enduro1 is great. I felt like I improved during the weekend on what were tough special tests. It’s my home GP next in Italy – I’m excited for that!”
Zach Pichon (Sherco): “Overall, it’s been a great weekend with wins on both days and a lot of space between me and the second-placed rider. Despite the rain at the start on Saturday, I was able to have some good times on the Enduro test, so I could open up an advantage in my class. I lost a little time on the Extreme Test, but overall day one was good. Sunday was super rough conditions but it went well.”
Jane Daniels (Fantic): “It’s been a great weekend for me here in Portugal. I made a small mistake in the Super Test on Friday night, but I wasn’t too worried about that. I just got on with things as best I could on day one and tried my best to find smooth lines on the tests. To come away with two class wins, and with two good advantages over the second-placed rider on both days, it’s great. »
Results: Round 2 – GP of Portugal
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 56:54.39; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 57:00.48; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 57:18.66; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 58:13.88; 5. The Espinasse (Beta) 58:21.54; 6. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 58:22.76; 7. Nathan Watson (Honda) 58:29.11; 8. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 58:43.81; 9. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 58:50.53; 10. Matteo Cavallo (TM) 59:08.90…
Championship Standings (After round 2 of 7)
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 68pts; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 67pts; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 67pts; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 45pts; 5. Nathan Watson (Honda) 39pts; 6. Brad Freeman (Beta) 33pts; 7. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 30pts; 8. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 26pts; 9. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 25pts; 10. Theophile Espinasse (Beta) 21pts…
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Wil Ruprecht Claims First EnduroGP Victory Of 2022 With Day One GP Of Portugal Win
Australian Wil Ruprecht (TM) has raced to overall victory on day one of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship’s GP of Portugal. The TM rider put together a sensational day’s racing, coming into his own during the super challenging and all-important third and final lap of the day in Peso da Regua. In topping the results, he claimed his first overall EnduroGP class victory of the season.
Ruprecht was made to work extremely hard for the day win, joined on the podium by KTM’s Josep Garcia who finished in a close second. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) completed the EnduroGP podium on the opening day of racing at round two.
Fantic’s Jane Daniels kept her winning streak alive by claiming a dominant victory in the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro Championship.
- TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht tops EnduroGP for the first time in 2022
- A crash denied Sherco’s Hamish MacDonald of a possible debut EnduroGP
- Fantic’s Jane Daniels once again topped the Magnorange FIM Women’s
Recharged following last weekend’s season-opening ACERBIS GP of Spain, the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship served up another tough day in the saddle, this time on day one of the GP of Portugal in Peso da Regua. With darkness falling on Friday night’s AKRAPOVIC Super Test, Josep Garcia (KTM) managed to top the time sheets, despite being the final rider to take to the start.
With Saturday beginning with a wet and slippery start, it was Sherco-mounted Hamish MacDonald who mastered the technically demanding JUST1 Enduro Test to top the time sheets. In doing so he established himself at the top of an early battle for the lead ahead of Ruprecht and Josep Garcia (KTM), with the Spaniard a further eight seconds back in third.
The tables turned slightly on the following ACERBIS Cross Test as Ruprecht set the quickest time to edge himself in front of MacDonald. The New Zealander was refusing to be out done and in posting the fastest time in the AKRAPOVIC Super Test, MacDonald was back in the lead as they began lap two of three.
After the POLISPORT Extreme Test on lap two, MacDonald looked to be on course to take a debut EnduroGP category win as the 2020 Junior champion headed the field by a very impressive 11 seconds over Ruprecht and Garcia. However, a major crash on the final JUST1 Enduro Test would prove the undoing of MacDonald. Crashing, injuring his knee, and losing over one minute and 47 seconds, the Sherco rider tumbled down the running order and will have to wait another day to claim that elusive EnduroGP win.
MacDonald’s loss was Ruprecht’s gain, as the Australian began the final three tests of the day with a near 10-second lead. Garcia gave chase, and despite a blisteringly fast AKRAPOVIC Super Test, he couldn’t overhaul his rival.
Behind the top two, Verona rode a relatively lonely race. Unable to bridge the gap to the leaders he placed 46 seconds adrift of Ruprecht, while also heading fourth placed Thomas Oldrati (Honda) by 71 seconds. Beta Factory Racing’s Brad Freeman toughed out day one for fifth, finishing eight tenths of a second behind Oldrati.
Class wins for Verona, Ruprecht, and Freeman
Finishing the day on the overall podium in third also led Andrea Verona to his third consecutive day win in Enduro1. Pleased with his efforts and finishing a strong fourth overall in EnduroGP, Thomas Oldrati finished as runner-up in Enduro1 to Verona, once again making good use of his vast experience. TM Racing’s Matteo Cavallo completed the podium in what was a positive day for the Italian manufacturer.
Adding to his success in EnduroGP, Wil Ruprecht won the Enduro2 category. Garcia kept him honest, finishing three seconds adrift. Claiming a welcomed podium result, Honda Racing Redmoto World Enduro’s Nathan Watson placed third.
Brad Freeman continues to prove that he’s the rider to beat in Enduro3, securing yet another victory. Fantic’s Davide Guarneri has established himself as the next best rider to the Brit, securing his third runner-up result on the trot. Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikael Persson was a new name to take to the podium, with the Swede coming home in third.
Daniels makes it three wins in Women EnduroGP
Placing fourth in Friday’s Super Test, Fantic’s Jane Daniels looked to have given hope to her classmates in the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship. However, she quickly restored normal order by kicking off Saturday with the quickest time in the JUST1 Enduro Test. There was no stopping her thereafter as she raced on to win by almost two minutes. Mireia Badia (Rieju) was second, while home favourite Rita Vieira (Yamaha) took third.
The Junior category saw the now-familiar name of Frenchman Zach Pichon ride to victory. The Team Sherco CH Racing rider was again impressive, claiming seven of the day’s 13 special test wins. The battle for the remainder of the podium was a tight affair, with Luc Fargier (Beta) holding off Jed Etchells (Fantic) for second.
Fantic enjoyed finishing 1-2 in the Youth class, with Kevin Cristino topping the standings. He was chased home by teammate Harry Edmondson in second. Sherco mounted Thibault Giraudon took third.
Wil Ruprecht: “This victory tastes good – it was hard fought for. It was a shame to see Hamish crash out of the fight because we were having an incredible battle. The pace was hot up front, and I think I’ve a few places I can improve on, to push again for the win tomorrow.”
Josep Garcia: “It worked out into a good day at the end, but I lost some time in the beginning. The Enduro Test was not my best on the first two laps, and I lost ground there. I got into the swing of it on the final lap and closed the gap to Will, but I ran out of time at the end.”
Andrea Verona: “Finishing third, I’m pretty happy about that. The Enduro Test wasn’t my best and I’ve places to improve on there. Also, let’s see how the weather is tomorrow, there might be some rain on the way!”
Results: Round 1 – GP of Portugal
1. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 1:08:14.76; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 1:08:18.41; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 1:09:01.08; 4. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 1:10:13.00; 5. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:10:13.81; 6. Nathan Watson (Honda) 1:10:16.65; 7. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 1:10:57. 55; 8. Matteo Cavallo (TM) 1:10:58.09; 9. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:10:59.34; 10. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 1:11:05.37…
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2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship heads to Portugal for round two
The 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship moves on at pace with the towns of Peso da Régua and Armamar welcoming competitors to the GP of Portugal this coming weekend. Just seven days after the series-opening ACERBIS GP of Spain, and for the second weekend running, close to 150 riders will take on the challenges of the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship.
- Peso da Régua & Armamar host the GP of Portugal this weekend
- WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship makes second stop of 2022
- Hot, dry, and challenging weekend lies ahead for all riders
Just as they did in Spain, competitors will face hot and dry conditions, with temperatures at the GP of Portugal set to climb well above 30 degrees during the weekend. The combination of hot weather, the always technical Portuguese terrain, and three laps of a 70-kilometre course on both Saturday and Sunday, ensures that the second round of the championship will unquestionably be a demanding one.
The AKRAPOVIC Super Test will kick off the proceedings on Friday night at 19.00, with each of the following two days of competition seeing riders first head from the start to the JUST1 Enduro Test. A traditional, Portuguese-style mountaintop special test awaits the riders, who will need to be at their very best right from the start of each day. Next up, competitors will take on the ACERBIS Cross Test before reaching what will be the mid-lap Time Check. Next, as they head back towards the paddock in Peso da Régua ahead of their second and third laps, riders will complete the short but technical POLISPORT Extreme Test.
Verona leads the way in EnduroGP!
Stepping up to announce his arrival as an EnduroGP class title challenger, Italy’s Andrea Verona (GASGAS) hit the ground running at the ACERBIS GP of Spain with his 1-2 overall result, putting him four points clear at the top of the early championship title race. Smooth and fast throughout the first stop of the championship, Verona will be focused on further consistent rides at the GP of Portugal.
Alongside Verona, four other riders showed they had the pace to put their names at the top of the EnduroGP results, awarded to the event’s best performing rider, irrespective of their class or bike capacity. Josep Garcia (KTM) overcame the mistakes he made on day one in Spain to win on day two, while Steve Holcombe (Beta), Brad Freeman (Beta), and Wil Ruprecht (TM) also showed impressive pace. Together with the likes of Hamish MacDonald (Sherco), Nathan Watson (Honda), Thomas Oldrati (Honda), Davide Guarneri (Fantic), and Daniel Milner (Fantic) there’s no shortage of EnduroGP class competitors gunning for the podium this weekend in Portugal.
Tight at the top of E1, E2, and E3 classes
Dominating both days in the Enduro1 class at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, Andrea Verona (GASGAS) unquestionably starts as favourite to top the E1 class at the GP of Portugal. Looking forward to taking on the Portuguese special tests, Verona’s most consistent challenger will likely be countryman Thomas Oldrati (Honda). Second both times out in Spain, as well trying all he can to match the pace of Verona, the veteran Honda rider will have Matteo Cavallo (TM), Theo Espinasse (Beta), Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna), and more all breathing down his neck.
The Enduro2 class at the GP of Portugal will be without former world champion Steve Holcombe, as the Brit, who topped E2 on day one at the season opener, has been forced to sit out the second round of the series following a heavy fall on day two in Spain. Despite Holcombe’s absence, Josep Garcia (KTM) will be looking to deliver the form that took him to the day two E2 class win in Spain while trying to extend his lead at the top of the class standings. With Wil Ruprecht (TM) – the most consistent rider in E2 in Spain – just one point behind Garcia in the championship chase, the Australian will be fired up to do all he can to keep himself at the sharp end of the results. With Hamish MacDonald (Sherco), Nathan Watson (Honda), and Daniel Milner (Fantic) all riding well in Spain, there’s going to be no shortage of E2 class competition.
Although not performing at his absolute best on day one at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, Brad Freeman (Beta) still managed to top the Enduro3 class. Taking his 300cc Beta to the win again on day two, the Brit heads into the GP of Portugal sat at the top of the E3 standings ahead of an all-two-stroke top three with Italians Davide Guarneri (Fantic) second, and Matteo Pavoni (TM) third.
Daniels and Pichon race ahead in respective EW and EJ classes
In the Magnorange FIM Women´s Enduro Championship Jane Daniels (Fantic) arrives in Peso da Régua full of confidence and looking to secure a second consecutive double class win. Topping the results comfortably at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, the Brit showed that she’s very much the rider to beat this season. Spain’s Mireia Badia (Rieju) will be hoping she can claim her first win of the season, while Rita Vieira (Yamaha) and Rosie Rowett (KTM) look set to fight for the final podium place.
Proving that a lack of experience doesn’t have to mean that podium results aren’t possible, Zach Pichon (Sherco) has established himself as the leading front-runner in the Enduro Junior class. With the Frenchman winning on both days at round one, Finland’s Roni Kytonen (Honda) placed as runner-up on both days with Jed Etchells (Fantic) third. In the Enduro Youth class, Harry Edmondson (Fantic) and Kevin Cristino (Fantic) will continue their battle to be the class’s fastest rider.
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship Calendar
Round 1 – ACERBIS GP of Spain – Lalin – 6-8 May
Round 2 – GP of Portugal – Peso da Règua – Armamar – 13-15 May
Round 3 – GP of Italy – Carpineti – 24-26 June
Round 4 – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas – 1-3 July
Round 5 – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica – 29-31 July
Round 6 – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg – 5-7 August
Round 7 – GP of Germany – Zschopau – 14-16 October
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FIM EnduroGP documentary series Dust to Dust
being produced in 2022
PRIME STADIUM is pleased to announce that a behind-the-scenes documentary TV series is being produced during the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship and will be aired on an international streaming platform later this year.
“Dust to Dust” will be produced by Portuguese company Motorcycle Sports in collaboration with the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship. In it, viewers will be able to follow the many stars of the FIM EnduroGP series, riders like Josep Garcia (KTM/ESP), Andrea Verona (GASGAS/ITA), Brad Freeman (Beta/GB), Steve Holcombe (Beta/GB), and many more, as well as the managers of the most prestigious teams.
Featuring exclusive material and set to run over 10 episodes, Dust to Dust will show both the stories of the championship’s promising up-and-coming young riders, as well as the elite riders from the world’s most esteemed enduro series.
The aim of the series is to give viewers access, for the first time, to all the challenges and pressures that both riders and teams face, both inside and outside the GP environment. In addition, it aims to show the demands placed upon everyone working within the series, at all levels, and to showcase the passion that exists within the unique FIM EnduroGP paddock environment.
This new documentary series joins Motorcycle Sports’ already wide range of sports content productions, such as Motorcycle Sports (SportTV’s weekly series), AutoGear (SportTV’s weekly series), and Rout-e (Sustainable mobility with Turismo de Portugal).
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Josep Garcia claims home win on day two of
ACERBIS GP of Spain
Josep Garcia (KTM) gave his Spanish fans plenty to cheer about on day two of the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship opener in Lalin, Spain, as the KTM Factory Racing star battled his way to the top step of the EnduroGP podium in impressive style.
Day one winner Andrea Verona (GASGAS) continued to prove himself to be a serious contender for the 2022 EnduroGP title by backing up his day one victory with a runner-up finish to Garcia. Defending EnduroGP champion Brad Freeman (Beta) regrouped impressively following a disappointing performance on the opening day to complete the overall top three.
The Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship saw Fantic’s Jane Daniels make it two wins from two starts as the Brit earned a deserved victory on Sunday.
- KTM’s Josep Garcia took a home win on day two of the ACERBIS GP of Spain.
- Day one winner Andrea Verona and Brad Freeman joined Garcia on the EnduroGP podium.
- Double delight for Fantic-mounted Jane Daniels who won the Women’s class.
After an exciting start to the ACERBIS GP of Spain on day one, all eyes were on the front runners in the EnduroGP class to see who would take victory on day two. Brimming with confidence following his maiden EnduroGP victory on day one, GASGAS Factory Racing’s Andrea Verona had his sights set on a repeat win and what he hoped would be a perfect scorecard at round one.
However, determined to make amends for his ninth-place result on Saturday, defending EnduroGP champion Brad Freeman (Beta) came out swinging to win the opening POLISPORT Extreme Test.
The battle was fierce on the opening lap with Josep Garcia (KTM) winning both the ACERBIS Cross Test and JUST1 Enduro Test to build a 16-second lead over Verona and Freeman. TM’s Will Ruprecht and Steve Holcombe (Beta) completed the top-five at the end of lap one.
Freeman again posted the fastest time on the POLISPORT Extreme Test at the start of lap two. But Garcia had the ACERBIS Cross Test and JUST1 Enduro Test mastered as he built his advantage to 22 seconds, with just one lap to go. Controlling his lead on the final lap, Garcia ended day two as the EnduroGP winner.
Behind the Spaniard it was an intense and close fight between Freeman and Verona for the runner-up result. Freeman made it three-for-three in the POLISPORT Extreme Test with another fastest time. As they entered the final test of the day, the duo were separated by just eight hundredths of a second.
All to play for, Verona laid down a scorcher to top the time sheets by four seconds and with it end his day as runner-up. But more importantly he wrapped-up his participation in the ACERBIS GP of Spain as the early EnduroGP championship leader.
Enduro1, Enduro2, and Enduro3 class wins for Verona, Garcia, and Freeman
In Enduro1 it was all about Verona, just as it had been on day one. His battle for position in EnduroGP saw him power ahead to a one-minute margin of victory over Thomas Oldrati (Honda). Matteo Cavallo (TM) rounded out the top three.
The Enduro2 class was the Garcia show. The Spaniard had the category on lockdown and secured a 59-second win over Ruprecht. Sherco’s Hamish MacDonald finished just five seconds behind the TM mounted Australian for third and earned his first podium of the 2022 season.
Up to speed on day two, Freeman left few opportunities for his Enduro3 classmates. Convincingly winning all nine tests, he ended his day over one minute and 42 seconds clear of Fantic’s Davide Guarneri in second. Another solid outing for senior class rookie Matteo Pavoni (TM) saw him finish third.
Daniels and Pichon win again in Women and Junior classes
Dominating the Magnorange FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship in Spain from start to finish, Fantic’s Jane Daniels made it two wins from two starts in Lalin with a dominant class win on Sunday. Ever consistent, Mireia Badia (Rieju) took the runner-up spot with Rita Vieira (Yamaha) finishing third ahead of her home round of the series next weekend in Portugal.
Quick to build on his debut Junior win from day one, Sherco’s Zach Pichon claimed the top step of the podium on day two. Son of multi-time FIM Motocross World Champion Mickael Pichon, Zach looks determined to bring more world championship glory to the Pichon household in 2022.
Fantic again raced to top honours in Enduro Youth, though this time it was Kevin Cristino who took the win. Teammate Harry Edmondson made it a 1-2 for Fantic, while Samuli Puhakainen (TM) completed the top three.
After an exciting and explosive start to the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the series heads to Peso da Regua for the GP of Portugal next weekend, May 13-15.
Josep Garcia (KTM): “It’s fantastic to come away with the EnduroGP win today. I was riding good yesterday, but an early crash left me playing catch up. I didn’t want that to happen today, so I kept things clean on the first lap. Once I got into the lead it gave me confidence to push a little more.”
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “It’s been a great weekend and to start the championship off by taking an early lead in the points is incredible. The tests were tough to master and it’s been a real challenge. Today we had a big fight for the podium. Josep was just a little faster, but I gave it everything on the final test to get second.”
Brad Freeman (Beta): “It’s not really been the start to the championship I hoped for, but I’m glad to have turned things around today. I gave it everything on the final lap but I just came up a little short for second. To be honest, following my recent injury and catching Covid, it’s the best I can do at the minute. It’s still early days, so we’ll try to improve a little bit more in Portugal.”
Jane Daniels (Fantic): “It’s been a great start to the championship. To win both days was awesome. Overall, I felt like I had a solid weekend with no major mistakes or problems. I’m looking forward to the next round.”
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship
ACERBIS GP of Spain
Results (EnduroGP) – Round 1, Day 2
1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 58:11.12; 2. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 58:29.44; 3. Brad Freeman (Beta) 58:33.58; 4. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 59:10.45; 5. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 59:15.64; 6. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 59:29.70; 7. Nathan Watson (Honda) 59:39.23; 8. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 1:00:16.54; 9. Matteo Cavallo (TM) 1:00:23.37; 10. Daniel Milner (Fantic) 1:00:29.65…
EnduroGP Championship Standings (After round 1)
1. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 37pts; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 33pts; 3. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 28pts; 4. Brad Freeman (Beta) 22pts; 5. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 21pts; 6. Nathan Watson (Honda) 20pts; 7. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 19pts; 8. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 19pts; 9. Davide Guarneri (Fantic) 12pts; 10. Daniel Milner (Fantic) 11pts…
SOLID START TO ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MIKAEL PERSSONHUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER TAKES HIS TE 300 TO FIFTH ON DAY ONE AND FOURTH ON DAY TWO IN SPAIN
Making both his and Husqvarna Factory Racing’s full-time return to the FIM EnduroGP Word Championship, Mikael Persson has delivered two strong days of racing at the opening round of the series in Lalin, Spain. Placing fifth in the Enduro3 category on Saturday, Persson went one better on Sunday to claim fourth, missing out on a podium place by less than five seconds.
Riding a 2-stroke TE 300 in the E3 class, Persson had anticipated that it would take him a little time to dial himself in to the highly competitive EnduroGP world championship. However, after placing fifth on the Friday night Super Test, the 27-year-old delivered a solid opening day of racing on Saturday, finishing fifth quickest, one minute and 13 seconds down on the class winner.
Sunday went even better for Persson. Feeling more at home on his TE 300, the multiple Swedish Enduro Champion was able to push hard on the dry, dusty tests, once again improving his speed as the day continued. Finishing inside the top five on the final five tests secured Mikael fourth in the E3 class, just 4.54 seconds behind third. Happy with how his weekend went, and with the progress he and the team made together, Persson is now looking forward to taking the fight to Portugal next weekend.
The 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship continues with round two in Peso da Régua and Armamar, Portugal next weekend – May 13-15.
Mikael Persson: “It’s been a tough weekend, but it feels really good to be back racing EnduroGP. Both days have been long with some difficult tests and some long transfers. For me, the tests were quite broken, and in these conditions, it’s been quite a steep learning curve. But I’m happy with how I rode, and we were able to make some improvements on the bike as the weekend went on. Day one went ok, but I felt under a little bit of pressure and made a few too many mistakes – not a perfect day that’s for sure. On day two, I was able to relax a little more on the bike and because of that my speed was a lot better. It felt good to be fighting for the podium too, and a little closer to where I want to be. Overall, I’m very happy with the weekend and we’re going in the right direction. I’m going to try and keep the momentum going into Portugal.”
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Victory For Andrea Verona As 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship Gets Underway In Spain
Italy’s Andrea Verona (GASGAS) has claimed first blood at the end of the first full day of competition at the opening round of the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the ACERBIS GP of Spain in Lalin.
In what boiled down to a three-way fight for victory, the GASGAS Factory Racing rider emerged victorious from the final Just1 Enduro Test to secure his maiden EnduroGP overall win. With less than four seconds separating the top three, Britain’s Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Australia’s Will Ruprecht (TM) completed the EnduroGP podium on day one.
- GASGAS’ Andrea Verona secures the first EnduroGP win of the 2022 season.
- Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Wil Ruprecht (TM) finish second and third.
- Jane Daniels claims victory for Fantic in the Women’s category.
The long-anticipated start of the 2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship began in earnest with the traditional Friday evening AKRAPOVIC Super Test. Italy’s Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) put in the best time to top the standings, but with Holcombe, defending FIM EnduroGP World Champion Brad Freeman (Beta), and Verona in close contention, the fight was on.
Holcombe wasted no time in getting up to speed on Saturday morning, winning the opening POLISPORT Extreme Test by an impressive seven seconds to take an early lead. From good, things very quickly went bad for the Brit as a heavy fall on the ACERBIS Cross Test saw him lose precious seconds. At the end of the opening lap the positions had changed – fastest in the JUST1 Enduro Test, Verona headed Holcombe by less than two tenths of a second, with Honda’s Nathan Watson close behind in third.
Throughout the day the positions chopped and changed, and with Australian Ruprecht joining the mix, it was all to play for on the final lap. Entering the final test, Holcombe, Ruprecht, and Verona were separated by just two seconds. But with the Italian bettering his rivals, he exited the JUST1 Enduro Test as a first-time EnduroGP class winner.
Behind the top three of Verona, Holcombe, and Ruprecht, a blisteringly fast final test by Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) slotted him into fourth. Mistakes throughout the day ultimately kept Garcia off the podium. A strong ride from Watson saw him end the day fifth overall. A difficult season opener for Freeman dropped him to ninth, but he will look to rebound on Sunday.
Verona, Holcombe, and Freeman win in Enduro1, Enduro2, and Enduro3
As the EnduroGP class winner, Verona naturally also topped the Enduro1 category, to get his title defence off to a perfect start. Behind him, Honda’s Thomas Oldrati earned a hard-fought second, with Beta-mounted Frenchman Theophile Espinasse third.
With the top Enduro2 competitors fighting for the EnduroGP overall, the pace was high. Despite a small mistake on the final test, Holcombe hung on to win by just one tenth of a second from Ruprecht. After a mixed start, Garcia came on strong in the closing stages to finish third and place just two seconds behind Holcombe.
While things didn’t go his way in the EnduroGP category, Freeman still put in a winning ride in Enduro3. Class newcomer for 2022, Davide Guarneri (Fantic), who starts his 20th season of world championship competition in 2022, didn’t waste any time in settling himself in and muscled his way onto the podium in second place. Matteo Pavoni (TM), Junior champion in 2021, made a strong step up into the senior ranks to finish on the podium in third.
Daniels, Pichon, and Edmondson top Women, Junior, and Youth podiums
The Women’s class was all about one rider – Jane Daniels. The Brit was the rider to beat winning all but two special tests to secure a commanding 70-second margin of victory on her Fantic. Rieju mounted Mireia Badia enjoyed a strong ride to take second, with Rosie Rowett (KTM) third.
In the Junior category a new name rose to the top step of the podium as Sherco’s Zach Pichon raced his way to victory. After losing a lot of time on the opening ACERBIS Cross Test, Pichon battled his way back to the front, edging out Honda’s Roni Kytonen for the win. Fantic’s Jed Etchells placed one second behind Kytonen for third.
The Youth class saw another victory for Fantic with Harry Edmondson topping the podium. After a tight battle with Samuli Puhakainen (TM), Edmondson won by just seven tenths of a second. Sherco’s Thibault Giraudon completed the top three.
Andrea Verona (GASGAS): “It feels amazing to get my first victory in EnduroGP class. This year my goal was to try and win EnduroGP at least once, so to do it on day one is incredible. Hopefully this is just the start of more victories to come.”
Steve Holcombe (Beta): “Things started off great on the first extreme test, but I had a massive crash on the next cross test. But I’m pleased with how I regrouped and was able to get back in the battle for the win. I’m a bit gutted to have missed out at the end, but I’m fired up to go again tomorrow!”
Wil Ruprecht (TM): “What a way to open the season, it was crazy close all day! I am happy with how I’m riding, so I’m pleased to be on the podium in this company. I’ll regroup and get ready to go again tomorrow.”
2022 WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship
ACERBIS GP of Spain
Results (EnduroGP) – Round 1, Day 1
1. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 59:24.16; 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 59:27.76; 3. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 59:27.92; 4. Josep Garcia (KTM) 59:30.17; 5. Nathan Watson (Honda) 59:40.09; 6. Hamish MacDonald (Sherco) 1:00:10.06; 7. Thomas Oldrati (Honda) 1:00:13.39; 8. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:00:22.43; 9. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:00:44.58; 10. Theophile Espinasse (Beta) 1:00:47.54…
JOSEP GARCIA READY TO FIGHT FOR 2022 ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GLORYRnd 1 preview, EnduroGP 2022 – Lalin, Spain
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Josep Garcia is ready to take on the 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship. The two-time Enduro2 World Champion will again compete aboard the KTM 350 EXC-F as he sets out to defend his 2021 E2 title as well as fighting for victory in the prestigious, overall EnduroGP category.
Returning to classic enduro action in 2021 following a three-year absence from the EnduroGP paddock, Josep immediately showed his rivals he had lost none of the pace that took him to the 2017 Enduro2 World Championship title. Riding the KTM 350 EXC-F, Garcia topped the E2 timesheets seven times from 12 days of racing last year and completed the season having finished no lower than third. His speed and consistency enabled him to finish as runner-up in the hotly contested EnduroGP class.
Midway through his championship-winning 2021 season, Garcia also added his name to the history books by claiming the overall win at the 2021 International Six Days Enduro, in Italy. The victory also marked a change in his training philosophy, which clearly paid off, as Josep went on to top all four remaining days of the Enduro2 championship, as well as winning three out of four in EnduroGP.
Now, heading into the seven-round 2022 world championship season, Josep is more determined than ever to both defend his E2 crown and go one better in EnduroGP to take his first-ever overall victory in the category. To help achieve that goal, Garcia and the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team have worked tirelessly throughout the off-season, improving Josep’s chosen KTM 350 EXC-F to make the E2 championship-winning machine even more capable and adaptable to the varied conditions expected throughout the 2022 season
Keeping himself sharp and focused over the off-season, Garcia raced the first two rounds of the AMA Grand National Cross Country series in the United States. Although the three-hour races were wildly different to the sprint-style tests of classic enduro, Josep’s speed was evident, with the Spaniard claiming an impressive second-place podium result at round two.
The 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship opens with two back-to-back rounds, starting with Josep’s home race in Lalin, Spain this coming weekend, May 6-8. One week later the series heads to Peso da Régua and Armamar in Portugal for round two. Five further races then follow, held from late June through to mid-October. The 96th edition of the International Six Days Enduro will also be held from August 29 to September 3, where Josep will be fighting hard to make it two overall wins in a row for himself and the Red Bull KTM team.
Josep Garcia: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to racing the Enduro World Championship. After claiming my second Enduro2 title last year and coming second in EnduroGP, the main goal this year is definitely to go one better overall and finish the year on the top step of the podium in the EnduroGP class. When I changed my bike to the KTM 350 EXC-F last year, it definitely gave me some added motivation. Also, a change in my training regime paid off as I was able to take the overall win at the ISDE last year and finish the world championship season really strongly. The bike is perfect as it is light enough to be really aggressive when you want to, and that suits my riding style. But it’s powerful enough to ride smoothly too when conditions are tough. Riding for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing was always a dream for me, and the team have been such a big part of my success over the years in helping to develop the bike and assisting in making me a better rider too – I couldn’t be more grateful for the help they have given me. Looking ahead to round one of the championship, although the terrain should suit me, and it’s my home race too, I’m not taking anything for granted. I feel really good on the bike and I’m fully motivated for the season this year, but it’s still a long championship – I’ll give it my all as usual and always push to win.”
The 2022 FIM EnduroGP World Championship fires into action this coming weekend with round one in Lalin, Spain, from May 6-8. Riders then head straight to Portugal for round two, just one week later on May 13-15.
Calendar – 2022 FIM Enduro World Championship
Round 1: 6-8 May – GP of Spain – Lalin
Round 2: 13-15 May – GP of Portugal – Peso da Regua – Armamar
Round 3: 24-26 June – GP of Italy – Carpineti
Round 4: 1-3 July – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas
Round 5: 29-31 July – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica
Round 6: 5-7 August – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg
Round 7: 14-16 October – GP of Germany – Zschopau
KTM unveils its new SIX DAYS models
As the 2022 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) edges ever closer, KTM has recently taken the opportunity to unveil its new enduro motorcycles, including its SIX DAYS special editions that celebrate the brand’s long and successful association with this historic event. This fact is reinforced with KTM being the first manufacturer to introduce a SIX DAYS model range, a tradition that now dates back almost twenty years.
2023 KTM 450 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
The 2023 KTM SIX DAYS line up comprises of no less than six different models – this includes a duo of two stroke machines and a quadruple offering of four stroke motorcycles, as follows:
2-Stroke: KTM 250 EXC SIX DAYS and KTM 300 EXC SIX DAYS
2023 KTM 250 EXC SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 300 EXC SIX DAYS © KTM Group
4-Stroke: KTM 250 EXC-F SIX DAYS, KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS, KTM 450 EXC-F SIX DAYS and KTM 500 EXC-F SIX DAYS.
2023 KTM 250 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 450 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
2023 KTM 500 EXC-F SIX DAYS © KTM Group
As you would expect, all the KTM SIX DAYS models are designed and built for the rigors of the ISDE and benefit from an array of exclusive parts that includes orange anodised triple clamps, a solid rear disc, plus a softer and grippier seat – finished in blue and red and which incorporates a French flag design with this year’s event set to take place at Le Puy-en-Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.
Confirming and extending their commitment to the ISDE there will once again be a strong orange presence in France later this year as the Austrian brand will soon announce details of their full racing support and rental services, which will be available to all KTM riders.
Keep up to date with all the latest ISDE news at www.fim-isde.com.
BILLY BOLT CROWNED 2022 SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONHUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S BRITISH STAR CLINCHES THE 2022 FIM SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE SERIES IN GERMANY
Delivering yet another showstopping performance, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt has successfully defended his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship crown thanks to a victorious result at the penultimate round of the season in Germany. Winning all three races, plus SuperPole qualification, he simply dominated the proceedings from start to finish. Rising to the fore in Riesa, teammate Colton Haaker made it a Husqvarna 1-2 on the night’s overall podium. Claiming three seconds place finishes, Haaker also moves to second overall in the championship chase.
As winner of all three rounds of the 2022 season to date, Bolt arrived at the penultimate stop in Germany with a healthy 50-point lead in the championship and with the potential to wrap up the title one round early.
Quick to get going, the Brit set a blisteringly fast time in SuperPole to top the qualification by almost one-and-a-half seconds from Haaker. From the drop of the gate in race one, Bolt led the way on his FE 350. Gaining time on the highly technical rock climb, he pulled further and further from his rivals to win by 23 seconds.
Unfazed by the reversed start order for race two, Billy calmly set about his business. Ending lap one in seventh, he then moved his way into the top-four. Up to second, Bolt then found a way past Haaker with two laps to go to take the lead and ultimately the race win.
Knowing a win in race three could seal the world title, Billy set about doing exactly that. Quickly out front, he led all but one of the nine laps. A small mistake midway allowed those behind to close up, but with composure resumed, Bolt raced ahead to win the race and with it successfully defend his SuperEnduro crown.
For Haaker, the penultimate round of the series saw the American deliver his best result of the season to date. Up for the challenge, he hit the ground running in Riesa, taking second in SuperPole.
Enjoying the course, Colton put in a confident ride in race one, moving into second on lap two and holding it for the remainder of the race. Race two saw him lead the majority of proceedings. Holding station out front, he fought hard to keep teammate Bolt at bay. But with two laps to go Billy found a way through and Colton had to settle for second.
In the third and final race, Colton sat in third, but with his eyes focused on second place. Pushing for all his worth, he made a pass stick to take the position on the final lap and with it secure the runner-up place on the overall podium. With his strong performance, Colton now moves into second overall in the championship with just one round remaining in Riesa tomorrow night.
The 2022 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship concludes with round five in Riesa, Germany on March 20.
Billy Bolt: “I’m lost for words. I didn’t get to have this winning moment the first time around, so it’s brilliant to have it here in Germany tonight. It makes it feel that much more real, you know. I knew it was possible to win the title one round early here in Germany, but I was trying not to think about that. I just wanted to enjoy my riding and see what would happen. I felt good on the track and didn’t push past where I felt my limits were. To be a two-time SuperEnduro World Champion is incredible, but it’s very much a team effort too within Husqvarna, my family, and friends. We’ve one more race tomorrow, so we can’t celebrate too much tonight!”
Colton Haaker: “It’s been the best round of the season so far going 2-2-2 for second overall. Second in points now with one round to go, which is cool. But I’m finding it a bit tough to be honest. I’m fighting arm pump a lot and after about three laps I’m almost in survival mode. I feel like there’s more to give. I’m trying to stay positive and work to be better. Tomorrow is the last round so I want to give it my best shot and end it on a high.”
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 4
Prestige Event Classification
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63pts, 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 53pts; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 45pts…
Prestige Race 1
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:26.921; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:49.865; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 8:12.759…
Prestige Race 2
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:28.730; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:37.937; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 7:51.120…
Prestige Race 3
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:38.575; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 7:45.317; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 9 laps, 7:46.502…
Championship Standings (After round 4)
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 249pts; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 181pts; 3. Jonny Walker (Beta) 181pts…
Pre-registration is now open
We are delighted to announce that pre-registration is now open for the 2022 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), which will be held at Le Puy en Velay, France from Monday 29 August to Saturday 3 September.
Interested parties – riders and teams – should make immediate contact with their respective national federations, taking note that the pre-registration will close on 31 March 2022.
© Mathieu Talayssat
The event route has now been confirmed with an average altitude of one thousand metres, rising to one thousand four hundred metres at its highest points, illustrating just one of the challenging elements of this year’s ISDE. The course will incorporate thirteen different special tests – with five tests from this selection being used per day, along with five-time checks / service areas. Some of the service areas will be repeated, with a maximum of three different ones being used on any one day to help reduce logistical costs for the teams.Details of the route
More than six hundred and fifty riders from over thirty countries are expected to descend on France later this year for the ninety-sixth edition of the ISDE, with the home nation are anticipating to be joined by the dominant forces of Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and the USA, to name but a few. The French edition will appeal to all motorcycle fans and to a wider audience as well, through the presence of the top enduro riders in the World. More information regarding riders and teams will be revealed in mid-April once the pre-registration process has been completed. So save the date!
As per previous editions, to assist riders with their logistics, a full range of racing services from the major manufactures and other parties will be confirmed in due course. This will include motorcycle rental, logistical support, spare parts and professional staff with a huge ISDE experience to make sure competitors can concentrate on their riding and can enjoy the best possible sporting adventure. List of Racing Services
© Office du Tourisme Le Puy En Velay
Demand for this year’s ISDE is high, with accommodation in Le Puy en Velay already full booked and neighbouring towns also reporting reduced availability at this early stage. With this in mind, riders and teams are advised to book their accommodation as soon as possible. Discover local accomodations and attractions
For everything you need to know about the 2022 FIM ISDE:FIM-ISDE.COM