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Jane Daniels & Jed Etchells shine at the opening round of the 2023 Assoluti d'Italia
Jane Daniels put in two podium performances at the first round of the 2023 Assoluti d'Italia enduro championship on March 4-5. Teammate Jed Etchells meanwhile scored two highly-impressive top-10s in the talent-packed Assoluta (Overall) class. It was the first official outing this season for the JET Fantic Racing team which also saw solid performances from third teammate Harry Edmondson. All riding Fantic XEF 250s.
An ideal warm-up to the 2023 EnduroGP season, the race weekend offered a technical course with four special tests repeated three times each day, all before a large and excited crowd who had flocked to the Ligurian village of Andora (in north west Italy, close to the border with France).
For the occasion, the Moto Club Alassio, in collaboration with Track Inspector Mario Rinaldi, designed a race as challenging as it was spectacular, composed of a Cross Test on the beach of Andora, followed by an Extreme Test on hard and rocky terrain of 3.5km, a second cross test of the length of 2.5km and an Enduro Test lasting more than seven minutes in a wood.
Jane Daniels, on her season debut, immediately achieved excellent results, with a double podium in a class that included two of her rivals for the women's world championship. On day one Jane finished in second place, the following day taking the third step of the podium.
Jed Etchells also performed superbly, taking two excellent ninth places to go seventh in the standings of the hard-fought overall championship class - a field packed with top EnduroGP riders.
Reigning youth world champion Henry Edmondson, racing the four-stroke Fantic XEF 250 for the first time, used the weekend to familiarise himself with his new bike, so while not featuring on the leaderboard was showing his technical skills in all special tests.
The team will compete next at the second round of the Assoluti d'Italia di Enduro on March 18-19, in Grado on the Adriatic coast in North East Italy.
Matthew Savi, team manager: