The EnduroGP World Championship leaves behind the icy conditions of Finland and heads to warmer pastures of Spain for round two of the series this weekend.
With TM Racing’s Eero Remes dominating the opener, all eyes will be on the Finn to see if he can take another victory again but with the likes of Matt Phillips (Sherco), Steve Holcombe (Beta) and Christophe Nambotin (KTM), the flying Finn will have his work cut out.
Many were convinced that Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) would not be seen again this season despite his position as the leader of the EnduroGP. Well, he’s back!
The Finn will be present and ready to defend his status of class leader.
He is currently 12 points ahead of Matthew Phillips Sherco) and GB’s Steve Holcombe (Beta).
Nathan Watson (KTM), Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) and Giacomo Redondi (Honda) will all be aiming for the podium as well.
Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) will will aiming for the top five, while veterans Alex Salvini (Beta), Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) and Christophe Nambotin (KTM), must be on the pace of their younger rivals.
In the Youth 125cc class, with the leader Hermanni Haljala (Husqvarna) absent, his compatriot Hugo Svard (Husqvarna) and Italy’s Andrea Verona (TM) will try to take control of the category.
But they will have to face the Chilean Ruy Barbosa (Husqvarna), the Frenchman Leo Lequere (TM).
Throw into the mix the Swedes Emil Jonsson (Yamaha) and Marcus Adielsson (Husqvarna) and the big Spanish armada of the RFME led by Gerard Gomez (KTM).
Laia Sanz (KTM) will face strong competition as the queen of enduro takes on a number of competitors all looking to dethrown the Spanish ace.
Germany’s Maria Franke (KTM), who proved to be Sanz’s biggest rival during her first Enduro season, has worked out her weaknesses in the Xtreme tests during off-season.
Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) will also be in the mix.
She started 2016 by winning four days in a row before dropping at the end of the season.
The action kicks off this Friday, April 21 woth the Akrapovic Super Test from 6pm, and continues over the weekend.