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Walker on the box in the Czech Republic as Turrini takes the win! 2024 European Quadcross Championship Round 3 – Report & Results

Walker on the box in the Czech Republic as Turrini takes the win! 2024 European Quadcross Championship Round 3 – Report & Results

The EMX Quad European Championship took to Kramolin, in the Czech Republic for the third round of 2024.

Following a night of heavy rain, which followed previous wet weather during the week, the decision was made to abort all track activity for Saturday and run all the sessions on Sunday, with a short qualifying and the championship races.

Race 1

The threat of poor weather still loomed overhead, however, it held out for the first race of the weekend as 23 quadcross competitors took to the gate, with Turrini leading the charge from the front which would be a lead which he would not relinquish throughout the 25 minutes + 2 laps opening race. It was great to see Turrini turn his fortunes around after a dismal Heerde, and would put his title bid back on track.

Harry Walker, try as he might, could not quite get the better of the reigning champion and would settle for second position. We mentioned in the pre-race build-up that Manfred Zienecker may well be a dark horse this weekend, and this would prove to be the case as he was right in contention throughout much of the race, defending his position from Mark Mclernon, Mike van Grinsven and Joakim Granli. As mentioned at the second round, van Grinsven has not been on the championship for over 4 years, and it is fantastic to see him battling for the high point-scoring positions.

The single-line that had formed around this Kramolin circuit would prove beneficial for the Italian, as he came to complete the race in first position, to put his championship contention back on track, and to make amends for the difficulties he and his team experienced in the deep sand of Holland. Completing the podium was the red-plate holder, Harry Walker, who was joined by the highly impressive Frenchman, Sylvain Petit.

Race 1 Results

Race 2

The ruts had certainly dug up as the second race of the weekend for the European Quadcross championship took to the gate for their final time of the weekend, and this would undoubtedly work more favourably for some riders, than others.

In the early stages of the race, it was the German rider, Manfred Zienecker, who led from the Northern Irishmen Mark Mclernon and Patrick Turrini, however, with the deep ruts making overtaking difficult, there were only a handful of opportunities for Turrini to place himself ahead of Mclernon. Zienecker, in the meantime, sought about extending his race lead throughout these early stages and the good news for Turrini was that Harry Walker was languishing down in fifth position. It is worth mentioning that the Norwegian riders of Joakim Granli and Tarald Hellebust were doing themselves no disgrace by both being inside the top seven places.

A rare mistake from the race leader saw Mclernon decimate the gap between himself and the German, and the battle at the sharp end of the race was stoked. Only half a second separated the main contenders in this race at the halfway point, however, Zienecker soon reacted to the error and stretched his advantage once more. Drama just a couple of laps later as Mclernon was seen stopped on the inside of the circuit, and this would promote the chasing pack up a position respectively and, more importantly, this would place Harry Walker inside the top three positions behind his arch-rival. At this time, he could not rest on his laurels as Joakim Granli was breathing heavily down his neck, only a second behind the championship leader.

The chequered flag beckoned the #89 Honda of Manfred Zienecker who would claim victory in the second race of the weekend, by 11 seconds over the overall winner Patrick Turrini, with Harry Walker keeping a hold on the red plate in third position.

Race 2 Results

Overall Results

Words by FIM Europe – Images courtesy of EMX Quad Championship