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Enduro Chronicles : PREMIERE - Tough One Race - Episode 1

A new series from the folks at Red Bull - this new series follows the best Hard Enduro Athletes around the world on the biggest and most famous events of the season. It features the many different characters of the Enduro Motocross sport, and cultural background stories as well as the technical innovations of the bikes to really show the sport of Enduro Riding in its full variety.

In the PREMIERE episode of Enduro Chronicles, we're at the season opener Tough One event in Shropshire, England, where we meet one of the sports top riders, Graham Jarvis.




There's seven episodes available HERE.


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Round #3 - Ontario Mini Enduro Championship (Kids Enduro)


Wiesner Insurance Ontario Mini Enduro Championship
Round #3 – Shelburne

The final round of the Ontario Mini Enduro Championship is set for this weekend. Sunday September 30th at the O’Neill farm just south of the town of Shelburne, an exemplary course has been designed that will be sure to entertain.

Momentum is growing with this revolutionary competition series that is focused entirely on young and new riders. The “multi loop – timed special test” format works extremely well in challenging the fastest riders out there as well and being un-intimidating for the newest riders that are just starting out.

At this final round, riders will visit a whole new course that includes a giant “Grand Prix” style motocross track as one of the three special tests. This test features smooth, rolling hills and wide sweeping corners. Once again, exciting and fun for the experienced racer as well as the first time rider. There is a long adventurous loop spread over the 100 acre property.

Conditions are perfect on site with the weather forecast looking to be co operative with temperatures in the mid teens.  Wiesner Insurance will once again provide the post race BBQ including a hot chilli lunch, hot dogs and burgers for all in attendance.

World Enduro Canada will be providing expert electronic timing for immediate results. Transponders will be on hand for any rider that requires one. The awards ceremony is always a highlight with the kids accepting their medals and providing entertainment for the crowd with their acceptance speeches. We hope to see a strong contingent of Yamaha riders out as just like round #2 at the Billings Ranch in Guelph, there will be a lot of Yamabucks to be won for top finishing Yamaha riders. Our sponsor Royal Distributing has also provided gift certificates redeemable at all four of their locations and online ordering.

Being the final round of the Ontario Championship series, champions will be declared in all three classes. Championship plaques will be there are ready to be handed out so it will be an exciting day for our up and coming racers.

Visit www.worldendurocanada.com for all news, results and contact information.

The O’Neill farm can be located at 515509 Second Line Amaranth, RR#1 Shelburne, Ontario.

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Husqvarna Enduro Team prepare for GP of Argentina

The Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing’s participation in the Enduro World Championship continues this weekend with Matti Seistola, Lorenzo Santolino, Ricky Dietrich, Juha Salminen, Alex Salvini and Romain Dumontier competing in the GP of Argentina, round two of the 2012 EWC series.

As the final leg of the championship’s visit to South America for a second consecutive weekend the event will take riders to a never before scene location. In contrast to last weekend’s Chilean terrain, the tracks and trails in and around San Juan after crossing the Cordillera of Andes , will present new arid and rocky challenges.

The 50km lap, which features one extreme, one motocross, and one enduro test, will be ridden four times each day.

Enjoying a winning start to his participation in the 2012 Enduro World Championship having topped the Enduro 2 class on day one in Chile Juha Salminen starts the GP of Argentina second in the E2 championship standings, just three points behind class leader Ivan Cervantes. Looking to continue his good form, Juha will again start at the front of the E2 class, which, like in Chile, could well prove to be extremely important in the expected dusty conditions.

Juha’s Enduro 2 class mates Alex Salvini and Romain Dumontier will also be looking for success in Argentina. Salvini, who after a frustrating opening day placed a creditable third on day two, will be looking to lift himself up from his current position of sixth in the E2 standings. Likewise Dumontier is also determined to improve his results in what will be only his second event as a ‘senior’ class rider.

In the Enduro 1 class all team riders will be looking to improve on their results from the GP of Chile. Spain’s Lorenzo Santolino delivered the best performance for the Husqvarna Enduro Team with a fourth place result on day one. Frustratingly mistakes on the second day prevented Santolino repeating his impressive results.

For Enduro 1 class team leader Matti Seistola the GP of Argentina will offer the chance to put right to disappointing results at the season opener. Like many riders, Matti saw his day one result spoiled due largely to catching slower riders on the enduro test. Day two saw an improvement with Matti placing fifth but the Finn was anything but pleased with his results and is determined to finish on the podium on both days in San Juan, Argentina.

2012 Enduro World Championship – Standings

Enduro 1:1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 40; 2. Rodrig Thain (Honda) 32; 3. Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) 25; 4. Simone Albergoni (Honda) 23; 5. Jeremy Joly (Yamaha) 21; 6. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 21; 9. Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) 16; 12. Ricky Dietrich (Husqvarna) 9.

Enduro 2:1. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 34; 2. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 31; 3. Pela Renet (Husaberg) 30; 4. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 26; 5. Oscar Balletti (Beta) 25; 6. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 23; 13. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 5.


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Husqvarna’s 2012 Enduro World Championship Team Ready For Action

After the great successes of the 2011 Enduro World Championship – winning both rider and manufacturer titles in the Enduro 1 and Enduro 2 classes, Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing will start the new season once again focused on success. With a revised rider line-up the squad are looking forward to competing in what will undoubtedly be a highly competitive eight-round series.

Competing exclusively in the Enduro 1 and Enduro 2 categories for 2012, the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing squad has one goal – to repeat last year’s TE250 and TE310 powered championship-winning successes. With a gruelling series taking riders to Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland and France, competition in all classes will be tougher than ever.

The first of this season’s eight Grand Prix, the GP of Chile will take place in the capital of the Maule region in the city of Talca where 25-degree temperatures await the riders and teams in and around the foot of the Cordillera of Andes. For the first time in its Enduro history, the Federation International Motociclisme has awarded the Federacion Motociclisme de Chile the honor of hosting the first round of what is expected to be a thrilling season.

The tracks, trails and special tests are expected to be very dry, dusty, challenging and rocky.

Leading Husqvarna’s EWC assault is Juha Salminen. The 2011 Enduro 1 World Champion moves up into the Enduro 2 category for 2012, where he will race aboard a TE310 machine. The most successful EWC rider ever, Salminen will start the new season hopeful of securing a ninth world championship title. With his vast racing knowledge, skills, and his will to deliver Husqvarna further titles, Juha will head a three-rider team in Enduro 2 alongside Alex Salvini and Romain Dumontier.

Looking to deliver his best EWC season to date following numerous impressive performances during this winter’s FIM SuperEnduro World Championship series, Alex Salvini starts 2012 determined to secure a top three overall result. Improving greatly during 2011, Salvini now has the experience to match his speed.

Romain Dumontier joins the team for 2012 fresh from his outstanding performances in the Enduro Junior class of the EWC in 2011. Stepping into senior competition for the first time, the determined Frenchman knows that he faces many challengers in the competitive Enduro 2 class but is unwavering in his belief that he will fight for regular top five results.
Spearheading the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing squad’s Enduro 1 class attack is Finland’s Matti Seistola. A multiple podium finisher during 2011, Matti’s goal is to do what countryman and friend Salminen did last year – secure the Enduro 1 title.

Racing alongside Seistola will be Spaniard Lorenzo Santolino and US EWC first timer Ricky Dietrich. Fifth in the 2011 Enduro 1 series standings, Lorenzo, with Husqvarna backing, looks to further improve his World Championship ranking. For Ricky Dietrich moving to Europe to compete in the EWC series represents a major change of direction in the young American’s career – one he’s unquestionably looking forward to. With speed to match both Seistola and Lorenzo, Ricky will ensure Husqvarna enjoy a highly competitive presence in the Enduro 1 class.

Juha Salminen – E 2: “I think it will be an interesting year for me competing in Enduro 2, which will bring some extra motivation for success. It will be a tough championship for sure, but I view it much the same way as any other season I’ve raced. As always my goal is to win and I will ride at my maximum ability in order to try and do that. I’m enjoying riding the new TE 310. It feels exactly like my TE 250 but with more power - I haven’t had to change anything on the bike.”

Alex Salvini – E 2: “Last year was quite tough as it was my first season in the world championship. It was a big step but I learned a lot from it and I’m ready to improve in 2012. I’m looking forward to racing in Enduro 2. It’ll be a tough class with a lot of competitive riders but I’m focused on securing a strong result. I’ve made some good progress during the winter months and feel happy with my speed on the TE 310. My goal is to finish top three overall and hopefully with a strong start to the season in South America it will be possible.”

Roman Dumontier – E 2: “I’m really excited for the start of the season. After a successful number of years competing in the Junior class I am now able to move into the Seniors classes with one of the best teams in the paddock. Competition in Enduro 2 will be very strong but I think a top five result will be possible.”

Matti Seistola – E1: “It was nice to win some races in 2011 but this year I want to try and win the world title. It will be important to remain competitive at every round of the championship and try to push for the win. I’ve learned to be more calculated and patient with my riding, which I think will help me throughout the season to be one of the top riders. I’m looking forward to getting started again and I’m excited to start the championship in Chile.

Ricky Dietrich – E 1: “This will be a big year for me but a learning one as well. I’m really thankful for CH Racing Husqvarna for giving me this opportunity to compete in the Enduro World Championship and hopefully I can reward them with some solid results.”

Lorenzo Santolino – E1: “My goal is to keep improving in the Enduro 1 class. There will be many fast riders in my class but I believe that I am one of them and I will be focused on finishing inside the top five at each round of the championship while also pushing for a podium result. I’m really happy with the TE 250, I feel very comfortable on the bike and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing 2012

Enduro1 - Matti Seistola (Finland) TE 250
Enduro1 - Lorenzo Santolino (Spain) TE 250
Enduro1 - Ricky Dietrich (USA) TE 250
Enduro2 - Juha Salminen (Finland) TE 310
Enduro2 - Alex Salvini (Italy) TE 310
Enduro2 - Romain Dumontier (France) TE 310

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Juha Salminen has taken the win at the "Rund um Zschopau" Enduro classic

Munich. Juha Salminen has taken the win at the "Rund um Zschopau" Enduro classic. The Finn held off fellow countryman Eero Remes to give BMW their first victory at the prestigious event. The race held on Saturday marked the final round of the German Enduro Championship. Salminen won the overall and the E2 class.

Zschopau used to be the center of the sport in former East Germany. The region has plenty of enthusiastic fans who showed up in thousands to witness brilliant motorsport and what Enduro racing is all about: man and machine fighting the elements.

World Championship runner-up Salminen came to Saxony to end the season with a win, fully aware that Remes was going to be his main contender. By taking the prologue on Friday night, Salminen fired an early warning, but the 33-year-old had to suffer through the following day like everyone else before finally stepping on top of the podium. The BMW factory rider won by 0.04 seconds over Remes, with Markus Kehr and Samuli Aro next on the list of results.

Juha Salminen: "What a perfect end to the season. Zschopau has always been a great event. The race and the special tests were among the best of the year, better than most of the World Championship rounds. It´s really special to win in front of this huge crowd. Eero gave me a hard time, guess I had that little bit of extra luck. The bike worked perfectly."

"Rund um Zschopau"
1. Juha Salminen (FIN), BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 48:55,25
2. Eero Remes (FIN), KTM, 48:55,29
3. Markus Kehr (GER), KTM, 49:36,11
4. Samuli Aro (FIN), KTM, 50:03,05
5. Marko Straubel (GER), KTM, 50:26,04

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World Enduro Canada - schedule and other news

Here's the latest news from the World Enduro Canada Enduro series. Seems there's quite a bit of news in this one. If you've been following Canadian Motorcyle Rider news the past few weeks, some of this may be a repeat for you but here it is!

World Enduro Canada press release -

2009 Schedule
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Blairmore, AB July 4th & 5th
Penticton, BC July 11th & 12th
Labelle, PQ September 12th & 13th
Parry Sound, ON September 19th & 20th

Sponsors
Honda, KTM, BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Inside Motorcycles, MXP Magazine, Pirelli, Brian Kurtz Trucking, West Jet

Inside Motorcycles Junior Award – Inside Motorcycles is proud to announce they will be awarding $500 to the top Junior at each round. Juniors will be defined as any rider 20 years of age or younger as of the first event on July 4th. IM understands the junior riders are the future of the sport and they want to promote younger riders to develop their Enduro racing skills.

Pro Riders - Pro riders will all be running permanent numbers for the duration of the series. Confirmed Pro Riders who will be contending the entire series;

o Patrick Beaule – KTM #5
o Jake Stapleton – Yamaha #17
o Brian Wojnarowski – Yamaha #2
o Alan Lachapelle – KTM #111
o Bobby Prochnau – KTM #7
o Jason Schrage – KTM #8
o Cory Grafunder – KTM # 118
o Guy Perret - #190
o Guy Giroux – BMW # 801
o Jay McGregor – Husaberg #56
o Lee Fryburger – Husaberg #96
o Shane Cuthbertson – Husaberg #20
o Kevin Cockayne – KTM #417
o Noel Bolso – KTM #28
o Chris Van Hove – Husqvarna #21
o Bryan Marshall - #24

For the Pro class there will be 100% Pro Payback which will pay back as far as 10th place.

Classes

Pros will be divided into four classes with the overall best rider from the entire series being awarded the #1 Plate at the end of the season.

E1 (125 two strokes & 250 four strokes)
E2 (250 two strokes & 450 four strokes)
E3 (Open)
Vet (40 and over)

Amateurs will be divided into 6 classes;

A (advanced skill)
B (intermediate)
C (novice)
Vet (40+)
Super Vet (50+)
Ladies

For the Amateurs there will be an East and West Champion as well as an overall Champion for each class.

Entry Fees
- $100 per weekend. Any riders crossing the Ontario/Winnipeg border to compete will have their entry fee waived.

MCC – Riders will be required to have an MCC membership to compete. They are $25.00 and available on the MCC site www.motorcycling.ca

BMW Signs Guy Giroux -

BMW Canada has announced they have signed Canadian off road legend Guy Giroux to ride the CEC and the FMSQ series in Quebec on their new 450X. Guy is really pumped for the upcoming season. When asked what his goal is for this year he responded “To ride my ass off in the CEC and show everyone how good the BMW is and to retain my number 1 plate in Quebec!” BMW Canada is proud to be one of the CEC series sponsors and is really looking forward to being able to showcase their new off road motorcycle.

Chris Van Hove & Husqvarna -

After some time off from racing Chris Van Hove from Southern Ontario is getting back into action. With assistance from Ross Rocher Sales (Stratford, ON) Chris will be contesting the CEC on a Husqvarna TXC450.

WEC Website-

World Enduro Canada’s website is getting a total makeover and should be up and running by the time you read this. Please visit their site for more detailed information. www.worldendurocanada.com

Transportation -

World Enduro Canada, in partnership with sponsor Brian Kurtz Trucking, is making it easy and cost effective to get your motorcycle and equipment to the “away” events. For $700 your bike and gear (rate includes space for a gear bag, gas can and spare tires) gets a round trip voyage to either the two western rounds in July or for the western riders, the two eastern rounds in September.

Riders will deliver their bike and gear to one of the specified drop locations where Kurtz Trucking will load it up and deliver directly to the paddock of both events. This will be a dedicated truck that will stay at the events and depart for the 2nd event only when all the riders have had a chance to get their bikes ready for the next race. It will then arrive at the 2nd event a few days advance.

There is limited space available on the truck so it is important to make a reservation as early as possible. A $200 deposit is required to secure the reservation. For more information on pick up and drop locations and dates or to book a reservation please contact Trevor Wideman at Brian Kurtz Trucking tjw@kurtztrucking.com or 519-836-5821.

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World Enduro Canada - New off-road competition series in Canada

We're a little behind in releasing this news from the folks at World Enduro Canada. But, better late than never. This is still really interesting and exciting news for off-road competition in Canada.

WEC Press Release
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World Enduro Canada would like to announce the birth of a new off-road competition series in Canada.

As the organizers of two successful World Enduro Championships held in Parry Sound in 2007 and 2006 Stephen Abel, Sean Wiesner and Lawrence Hacking, the principals, in the organization along with a dedicated group of Canadian off-road enthusiasts have formed an alliance which shares a common vision for the future of off-road competition.

"With the experience we have gained from organizing two back to back World Enduro Championships, we have adapted the WEC format into an enduro series that we can realize here in Canada." said Steve Abel. "Our series will begin with 2 events here in Ontario and we have had inquiries concerning the 2009 season from entities in B.C., Alberta and Quebec. We hope to use this year as a pilot project to refine the rules structure and educate event organizers as to the format. The timed special test type of enduro on a closed course is relatively easy to organize, is environmentally responsible, addresses safety concerns, complies with legal issue and is relevant to what is happening in the rest of world. We feel this type of competition is the way of the future,” he continued.

Sean Wiesner added further comments in a recent statement.

"For 2008 we have assembled a 2 race series. Both races are double headers, which mean riders can score points each day at the two-day events. The first will be held at the Ontario Camp for the Deaf just South of Parry Sound on September 13/14. The second round will be the famous Corduroy Enduro held a week after in Gooderham, Ontario. Both events adhere to strict rules, which address the legal concerns, which are the subject of much discussion in recent months. All land use issues have been addressed, a solid insurance policy is in place and parade permits will be used when the course is required to be in public roads. The biggest news is the recent acquisition of a computerized timing and scoring system which provides instant and accurate results using transponders assigned to each competitor."

We hope to see you at what will be another ground breaking moment in Canadian off road history.

Check out www.worldendurocanada.com for all the details.

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