WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship heads to Portugal for Round 2 – Preview
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.
Stay tuned to www.endurogp.com throughout the weekend for championship updates and live results, and to @enduro_gp on Instagram for event story content.