- Andrea Verona leads the way as EnduroGP heads for Slovakia
- Josep Garcia returns to action following injury
- Beta’s Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman both back on pace
Can anyone reel Verona back in?
In what’s become a super competitive championship battle, we saw the EnduroGP standings turn on their head once again last time out in Portugal. Verona was a big winner at round four, despite not claiming an EnduroGP day win!
The Italian played his hand to perfection, securing a pair of runner-up finishes over the weekend. That outcome sees the GASGAS rider firmly in the championship driving seat with a healthy 23- point lead. Naturally, as we head into round five of seven, Verona will have an eye on the bigger prize of becoming an FIM EnduroGP World Champion, but he’s experienced enough to know there’s still a long way to go. On peak form, claiming another victory will make him tough to beat in the EnduroGP title race.
After an impressive round three in Italy, TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht’s championship lead fell apart in the heat and dust of round four in Coimbra. Just scraping into the points on both days following a big crash on day one, the Australian dropped from first in the standings to second. No doubt he’ll be looking to bounce back in Slovakia, but he’s got a big task on his hands if he’s to reel in Verona, who’s now hit his stride.
While Verona headed home from Portugal as EnduroGP championship leader, Honda Racing RedMoto World Enduro’s Nathan Watson was the standout performer. Achieving a career-first double win in EnduroGP, the Brit was too hot to handle for his rivals. He moves up to third in the title chase and is only three points behind Ruprecht in second.
We missed watching Josep Garcia’s full gas riding style last time out in Coimbra and are excited to see him back in action in Gelnica. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider is healed up from his high-speed get off in Italy and will look to build on his win tally. Fifth in the title chase, Thomas Oldrati has showed real consistency this season, but has yet to deliver a breakout ride.
After a tough first half to 2022, Beta Factory Racing’s duo Brad Freeman and Steve Holcombe are getting back on the pace. With multiple injury setbacks between them, they’ve yet to show their true speed. Defending EnduroGP champ Freeman should prove strong in Slovakia, while Holcombe won’t be holding back either.
Verona, Ruprecht, and Freeman lead Enduro1, Enduro2, and Enduro3
In the individual senior classes it’s all still very close, except in Enduro1. As you might have guessed, Verona has ruled the roost in the quarter litre capacity category since round one. Eight wins from eight starts puts him 28 points clear of Oldrati in second, who in turn is 28 points ahead of TM Racing’s Matteo Cavallo in third.
Ruprecht heads Enduro2. The Australian leads by eight points over Watson and will look to extend that advantage in Slovakia. However, Garcia and Holcombe should present some serious