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First step into the new season
The new season of the European Enduro Championship starts this weekend, on 6/7 April 2019, in Góis, Portugal (40 km east of Coimbra). As in all the years, there are four different competitions to choose the champions.
In Portugal the participants can expect a circuit in the mountainous terrain of approx. 60 kilometres, which has to be ridden three times a day. This includes three different special stages, a crosstest at Carvalhinha and two enduro tests in Quinta da Capela and nearby in Celavisa.
The centre of the competition is the headquarters of the Góis Moto Clube in the Parque do Baiao (GPS: 40° 9'51.66 "N | 8° 6'42.59 "W). It is not only the paddock there, but also the technical inspection and the parc ferme, where the competition motorcycles has to be parked overnight.
Almost 100 riders from 14 different nations take part in the competition in Portugal. Among them are a very high proportion of Enduro riders from Sweden and Finland, who are not afraid of the long journey.
With 25 participants, the junior class of the under-21 years, with the small 125cc machines, is the strongest group in the field, which is not surprising:
The European Championship has always seen itself not only as a top sport, but also as a way of giving young people easy access to international sport. For this championship class only the national licence of the respective driver is necessary.
Last year's champion, the Finn Roni Kytönen from Finland, has switched up to the strong junior class up to the age of 23 for this season.
The UK will be represented by Alfie Coles and Max Ditchfield in the Under 21s, Jed Etchells Junior 2/3, Luke Parker, Jack Ditchfield, Senior James Jackman, Ladies Nieve Holmes and Rosie Rowett
For those who can't be there themselves, there is live timing:
More information and schedules, results and links, there are always up to
date and right on the official website:
6th/7th of April Góis / Portugal ( www.goismotoclube.pt/ )
18th/19th of May Brenzo / Slovakia ( www.bmt1.sk)
29th/30th of Juni Madona / Latvia ( www.lamsf.lv/en/sports
6th-8th of September Heinola / Finnland ( www.hemk.net )
As in 2018, the final-round in Finland will take three days of competition traditionally, with a final motocross.