In less than two days time the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing will return to Enduro World Championship competition with all team riders setting their sights on success at the GP of Euskadi. The third round of the 2012 EWC series, the event that takes place in Munitibar, Northern Spain on May 5/6 marks the first European stop of the championship following the two opening events in Chile and Argentina.
In the Enduro 1 class Lorenzo Santolino is looking to secure his first podium result of the championship. Carrying some of the best form of his career into his home GP, Santolino has already shown this year that he has the pace to battle it out for a top five result. His focus now is to move inside the top three – a goal that he knows will be anything but easy but one he is ready to achieve.
Santolino’s Enduro 1 class team-mate Matti Seistola is equally focused on reaching the podium. One of the fastest riders in the E1 class last year, Matti’s form at both the Chilean and Argentinean GPs was far from what he hoped for following many months of hard work during the winter. With the series back in Europe, the determined Finn looks to re-start his participation in the EWC series in Munitibar.
Without the cruel luck that forced him out of the first day’s competition in Argentina Juha Salminen would be leading the Enduro 2 World Championship aboard his TE310. Back in fourth in the E2 title chase as a result of his derailed chain, Salminen, who has claimed more day wins in E2 than any other rider, is focused solely on securing more day wins as he looks to close the gap on E2 class leader Ivan Cervantes.
Alex Salvini enters the GP of Euskadi looking to improve on the podium result he secured at the GP of Chile. Unable to break inside the top three in Argentina, following a strong showing in the opening Italian Enduro Championship event Salvini knows he can deliver top three results in Munitibar. Finally, Romain Dumontier will complete Husqvarna’s trio of riders competing in the Enduro 2 class with the Frenchman also confident of improved results.
Fabrizio Azzalin – Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing Team Manager:
“We’re really focused on success now that the Enduro World Championship returns to Europe. The first two rounds of the series in South America were tough for us, not least because of issues with customs as we travelled between Chile and Argentina. Now we have to put that behind us and find our best form. Despite some bad luck and mixed results we showed that our new bikes are both competitive and reliable, which is very important for not only this season but for coming years.
“In the Enduro 1 class Lorenzo Santolino is riding extremely well. He showed that his speed is good in Chile and Argentina and has been riding really well in the Spanish Enduro Championship. We hope that he will now carry that good form over into the EWC, especially his home GP this weekend. Things didn’t go so well for Matti Seistola in South America, and he knows that he must improve. Matti knows that he has the speed to fight for podium results, and a great bike, so now he has to turn things around. Also, the team will be without Ricky Dietrich, who will take an indefinite break from racing in order to deal with some personal issues. We wish him all the very best.
“Juha Salminen continues to impress everyone in the team, and has shown he has the speed to win in Enduro 2. His bad luck in Argentina was so disappointing, but he is a fighter and is only focused on winning races. In the Italian Enduro Championship he was again very strong so we expect more great results from Juha. Also, Alex Salvini is producing some very strong results. He is getting stronger and stronger and together with Juha we hope that the next two EWC races will be good for us. Finally, Romain Dumontier had a good ride in the first French championship event, and he’s looking to improve his results in the EWC.”
2012 Enduro World Championship Standings (after two rounds)
1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 80; 2. Simone Albergoni (Honda) 55; 3. Rodrig Thain (Honda) 53; 6. Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) 38; 8. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 35;
1. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 69; 2. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 58; 3. Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husaberg) 54; 4. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 51; 5. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 45; Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 12;