The 2012 Enduro World Championship continues at pace this coming weekend when the series touches down in Torres Vedras, Portugal – the fourth round of the eight-event championship. Leaving behind the muddy and rutted event that was last weekend’s GP of Euskadi, the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing are looking to put what was largely a fruitless race behind them as the EWC series reaches it’s mid-way point.
Looking for race winning success eight-time Enduro World Champion Juha Salminen, who claimed his third podium result of the 2012 season last weekend at the GP of Euskadi, heads into the Portuguese event determined to close the gap on his Enduro 2 championship rivals. Enduring mixed fortunes during this season’s first three GPs, Salminen, who last year claimed a winning result in the Enduro 1 class in Portugal, has shown that he has the speed to place his TE310 on the top step of the podium. With the GP of Portugal featuring a technical Extreme Test, Juha is focused on not only a double podium result but also a return to the winning performances he claimed in both Chile and Argentina.
Competing alongside Juha in the Enduro 2 class Italian Alex Salvini is also determined to improve on his GP of Euskadi result. With conditions expected to be drier in Portugal than they were in Northern Spain Salvini, like Salminen, is confident of improved results.
Sitting in seventh and ninth positions respectively in the Enduro 1 World Championship Matti Seistola and Lorenzo Santolino struggled to secure the results both know they were capable of claiming at the GP of Euskadi. With the GP of Portugal marking the mid-way point of the series, and with the fifth stop of the championship the team’s home race in Italy, both are determined to return to the top of the class in Torres Vedras.
2012 EWC Standings (after three rounds)
1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 120; 2. Simone Albergoni (Honda) 83; 3. Rodrig Thain (Honda) 74; 4. Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) 68; 5. Eero Remes (KTM) 63; 7. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 51; 9. Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) 44
1. Pela Renet (Husaberg) 96; 2. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 92; 3. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 86; 4. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 77; 5. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 61; 6. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 58