Of all the competitors hoping for success at this weekend’s EnduroGP of Italy, one rider stands out as a clear frontrunner – defending Enduro1 World Champion, Italian Andrea Verona (GASGAS).
The highest placed Italian in the WPTGlobal FIM EnduroGP World Championship and outright winner of the first day of competition at the ACERBIS GP of Spain, Verona is arguably riding better than he’s ever has done. And, as a proud Italian, would love nothing more than to win on home soil in Carpineti this weekend.
“I can’t wait to race my home GP and compete in front of my home crowd. I’ve raced in Carpineti twice before, in the Italian championship, so I know it’s going to be a great event. Of course, I want to try and win, and give 100% like always, just with some extra motivation to do well.”
Armed with ‘some extra motivation’ to try and win, Verona has been keeping himself busy since round two of the EnduroGP series and is 100% ready to give his all in front of his home fans. He’s also looking forward to more of the close racing that dominated the opening rounds of the series.
“Of course, every rider wants to try and win, and I sure want to try and win this weekend, but the super close racing we had in Spain and Portugal was great. It’s so much fun pushing hard against the guys. For sure this weekend will be like that too. I’ll do all I can to win, but for sure it won’t be easy. But it will be a lot of fun, I’m certain of that.”
So, what are Andrea’s thoughts about the expected dry and hardpack conditions this weekend?
“In general, I really like dry, hardpack terrain. But when I’m walking special tests I always focus on the parts that I know I will really enjoy, and not worry too much about other places. For me it’s easy to get excited about the special tests at the GP of Italy. It’s always a great event.”
Already showing himself as a potential EnduroGP title challenger, Andrea has quietly gone about improving his riding year-on-year – improvements the GASGAS Factory Racing rider says are largely down to taking things step-by-step and improving during the off-season.
“I’m really feeling good with my riding this year. I’m a rider that likes to increase things slowly and I think each year I have improved my speed a little bit, and, well, now I’m able to fight for EnduroGP class wins, which I’m very happy about. During the winter we made some very good testing, and now we are seeing how well my GASGAS works. Now it’s up to me to continue getting the good results.”
I’m ready, my bike is ready, the team is ready… we’re all looking forward to a really enjoyable and positive GP of Italy…”
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Round 1 – ACERBIS GP of Spain – Lalin – 6-8 May
Round 2 – GP of Portugal – Peso da Régua – Armamar – 13-15 May
Round 3 – GP of Italy – Carpineti – 24-26 June
Round 4 – GP of Portugal – Coimbra – Souselas – 1-3 July
Round 5 – GP of Slovakia – Gelnica – 29-31 July
Round 6 – GP of Hungary – Zalaegerszeg – 5-7 August
Round 7 – GP of Germany – Zschopau – 14-16 October