It’s back-to-back weekends for the Champion Lubricants Enduro Open World Cup too. After Greece they are moving swiftly on to Rovetta in this ‘summer tour’ with the Acerbis Grand Prix of Italy. David KNIGHT (GB - TM) arrives in Rovetta with zero pressure after he secured the Open Senior title in Greece, but there will still be excitement in all three categories, and maybe a new cup winner...

Portugal’s Gonçalo REIS (Gas Gas), a two-time winner in Serres last weekend is only one victory short of becoming Open 2-Stroke World Cup winner! But it won’t be any easy task as we see the return of Nico RAMBOW (D - KTM), Rafal BRACIK (PL - Gas Gas) and Benet GOMEZ (E - Gas Gas). These three riders will try to postpone REIS’ celebrations for as long as possible.
They will also be ‘unknown’ newcomers in the class such as Carlo OBERTO (I - KTM), Roberto GATTI (I - Yamaha), Walter LUDI (I - Beta), Edoardo DERRICO (I - KTM) and Stefano DENTELLA (I - KTM). All of whom would dearly love to taste success in front of their home crowd. Keep an eye out too for Daniel MÖRBE (D - Husqvarna) and Tom KÖLBACH (D - Beta)...

Gonçalo REIS (P - Gas Gas)

Crucial GP for ELLWOOD?

In Open 4-stroke, Tom ELLWOOD (GB - Kawasaki) will aim to get a new double victory and get closer to the title while most of its competitors will not be present such as Fraser FLOCKHART (GB - Yamaha), Mathias VAN HOOF (B - Beta) and Bernhard SCHÖPF (AUT - KTM).
But the Brit will still have to work hard since Robert RIEDEL (D - KTM) will be riding, as will previous podium sitter Jilani CAMBRE (B - Husqvarna)...
A strong contingent of Italian riders represented by Daniele CONSONNI (Honda), Giorgio SFONDRINI (Husqvarna), Nicola LAZZARONI (Honda), Michele DAL PEZZO (KTM), Diego LUPATINI (Honda) and Pietro Enrico COLLOVIGH (Sherco) will be keen to impress at home. Note also the presence of Lithuania’s Arunas GELAZNINKAS (KTM).

Finally, in Open Senior, although KNIGHT has already taken the title, the category remains very interesting and open since many riders will be in the fight for the podium in Rovetta. Werner MÜLLER (AUT - KTM) will seek to consolidate his place on the second step of the podium...
while it’s all to play for between Patrik ANDERSSON (S - Yamaha), Andrea BELOTTI (I - KTM) - who we hope is fully recovered from an injury suffered during training - and Hans Peter MUSIL (AUT - KTM). France’s Pierre HOURDIN (F - Husqvarna) will also give everything to consolidate his place in the Top 10 of the category. But he will have to deal with the Italy’s GRAZIANI, NOVELLA, GHILARDI, MANFE, NORIS, BIGNOLI, ROSSI, REMO and ROLLI, and Germany’s BERGER, SIEBETZ, CONRAD, FRÖHLIG, MÜLLER, LESSING, WOLTER, KLEIN!

There are 55 entries in total for the 5th round of the Champion Lubricants Enduro Open World Cup. And we should have plenty of action in all categories, potentially culminating with the crowning of Gonçalo REIS in Open 2-stroke... All this is sure to thrill the Italian tifosi (fans) who will be present this weekend in Rovetta!

Andrea BELOTTI (I - KTM)