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FIM EUROPE ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP

1st day of the final

On the first day of the Borilli European Enduro Championship 2022, in Rüdersdorf (near Berlin), Belgium's Erik Willems was crowned European Champion of all classes. An eleventh place overall was enough for the Husqvarna rider. "It went pretty well at first, but then I had a heavy crash at the beginning of the second lap in the extreme test, which cost me a minute. From then on it was really just a fight to actually make it to the finish in one piece." But Willems managed to do so in the end, even ahead of his biggest pursuer, Briton Daniel Mundell. In his E2 cubic capacity class, however, the title decision is once again postponed until the last day.

With a class win, Italian Alessandro Rizza could also already secure his championship title. A 23-point lead can no longer be caught by Martin Gottvald. The title is all the more remarkable because the victory was achieved with the 125cc bike, which was actually considered to be low in displacement and power.

Carlo Minot was also able to celebrate his title early in the Junior 1 class: With his class victory, he extended his lead over Simone Cristini, who was only sixth this time, to an unassailable 22 championship points.

The championship was also decided in the women's class: guest entrant Francesca Nocera from the Motocross World Championship won the day's classification, but Briton Nieve Holmes was able to extend her lead in the championship ahead of Marie Vide Holt with a second place, so that she was also able to secure her championship title early.

At the top of the overall standings, however, it was all about other riders: Italian Enrico Rinaldi, battled with German Jeremy Sydow: Rinaldi, who had been European champion in the junior class last year, led the field by a narrow margin. But the GasGas rider had already twisted his ankle in the very first special stage and struggled throughout the day not only with the competition but also with his pain. On the last lap, ex-MotoCross rider Sydow was able to pass. In the very last stage, the decision was made in favour of Rinaldi: "This stage was not yet so worn out and that made it less painful," the Italian explained his good time. Sydow, on the other hand, apologised that he had to overtake some slower drivers on the 11-minute-long stage, which would have cost him time. In the end, Enrico Rinaldi won the overall classification after one hour and eight minutes of special stage time, with just 4.39 seconds ahead of Sydow.

FIM Europe: Enduro 2022 - Double victory for Rinaldi at the last round

On the second day of riding at the final of the European Enduro Championship in Rüdersdorf (near Berlin), Germany, the last championship titles were awarded:

It got very dramatic in the Youth class for the under 21s. After a major crash on the first day of riding, Manuel Verzeroli, who had been leading the championship until then, slipped back to second place. As a result, Frenchman Clement Clauzier was leading the standings. Not only the championship, but after a slip by Verzeroli in the very first special stage, also the day's classification. But in the penultimate special stage of the day a crash by Clauzier dropped him to fourth place in his class. This meant that Verzeroli would win the championship again. Clauzier once again put everything into the last test, but he stumbled again and the Italian Vezeroli won the day's classification and the championship. It was a tearful finish for the Frenchman who had already had his hand on the championship title. But in fact Verzeroli was so fast that he even finished fourth in the overall standings for all riders that day.

The decisions in the E1, E2 and E3 cubic capacity classes were somewhat less spectacular:

Defending champion Maurizio Micheluz finished second in the E1 class behind guest entrant Edward Hübner from Germany. This is the 14th time Micheluz has been European Champion, in the cubic capacity classes and even in the overall! But the 39-year-old is not thinking about quitting yet, why should he with this success.

In the E3 class, only the duel between the Belgian Dietger Damiaens and the Frenchman David Abgrall was left: After the Briton Daniel Mundell had not started due to injury, Damiaens had a 7-point lead over the Frenchman. In the daily classification Damiaens had to admit defeat to guest starter Luca Fischeder from Germany, but in the end he was at least 23 seconds faster than Abgrall and took the championship title: "I didn't expect this myself at the beginning of the season," the KTM rider was pleased to say.

In the E2 class, Erik Willems fought his way through the day once again: after his crash on the first day of riding, he could only ride on Sunday with lots of painkillers. "I knew I could still be champion in the class, but actually my body was against it," said the Belgian, who had already become champion of all classes, overall, on the first riding day. His rival in the E2 class, Nicola Recchia from Italy, was only twelve points behind. In the day's classification, the struggling Willems only came eighth, but Reccia was "only" second behind his compatriot Giuliano Mancuso. This brought him 18 championship points and Willems still 8 points, so that the Belgian on the Husqvarna could take home two titles this weekend in addition to his pain.

The actual competition on this day was again won by Enrico Rinaldi from Italy, but this time ahead of another German, Luca Fischeder. However, Rinaldi was only there as a guest entrant, not least to support his team and the Trophy.

A plan that worked out perfectly, because in addition to the individual rankings, the Nations Trophy was also held at the weekend: Italy won the Trophy ahead of the Netherlands and Norway. The Junior Trophy went to the young riders from France ahead of Italy and the Czech Republic.

In the senior category, host Germany won ahead of Slovakia, and in the women's category, only one nation entered four riders, so the Italians won without any competition.

Riders, teams and officials were of the opinion that this final proved more than worthy of an Enduro European Championship from a sporting and organisational point of view. In addition to the special ambience of the paddock in the Museum Park, there was also the almost summer-like weather. Together with the challenging special stages, MC Woltersdorf as host had once again set a milestone.

All results, the championship standings, the complete information on the competitions and even more can be found at:

https://www.enduroeuropean.com/