ENDURO 1: MICHELUZ PRODUCES HIS BEST EVER RESULT & VILANOVA BACK IN CHAMPIONSHIP

Round: 4 – Bergamo, Italy
Circuit: Valli Bergamasche
Date: 18 June 2006
Crowd: 28500
Temp: 28ºC
Weather: Sunny

Italian UFO Corse Yamaha rider Maurizio Micheluz produced his best ever World Enduro Championship result at the 40th GP Valli Bergamasche finishing in third place in the Enduro 1 class on day one. Having performed consistently in the first three rounds of the ’06 WEC series Maurizio claimed his first ever world championship podium aboard his WR250F placing behind reigning E1 world champion Ivan Cervantes and countryman Simone Albergoni. Winning the first test of day one in the E1 class, and then going on to perform well throughout the day, Maurizio again rode well on day two to finish fourth. Despite not managing to place on the podium for a second time Maurizio’s results lifted him to fourth in the Enduro 1 world championship standings where he lies just nine points adrift of third.

The fourth round of the ’06 World Enduro Championship saw Spaniard Arnau Vilanova make his debut ride for the UFO Corse Yamaha team having been forced to sit out the first three rounds of the WEC series due to injury. Disappointingly for Arnau a lack of race pace and fitness resulted in him placing in 11th on day one. With day one having taken its toll on Arnau he opted not to start day two.

Claiming a double class win in Italy was reigning Enduro 1 world champion Ivan Cervantes. With his team-mate Alessandro Belometti having set the pace for much of day one Ivan inherited the lead when Belometti bent his rear sprocket and dropped seven minutes. Joining Cervantes on the podium on day one were Simone Albergoni and Maurizio Micheluz while on day two it was Belometti and Albergoni who stood either side of Cervantes on the rostrum.

Maurizio Micheluz (UFO Corse Yamaha) Enduro 1 class – Day 1: third, Day 2: fourth “I am really happy with my weekend because I finished in a good position on both days. I am really happy with my result from day one because I claimed my first ever world championship podium. Finishing on the podium for the first time at my home GP is great. It was a really difficult race though, especially because of the heat and the dust. It was really physical on both days. Although it was a difficult race we have to remember that this is enduro. But I hope that the races don’t get any harder than this.”

Arnau Vilanova (UFO Corse Yamaha) Enduro 1 class – Day 1: 11th, Day 2: DNS “It was a really difficult race to start my ’06 world championship. Since I injured my foot I have been training at home but that is very different to racing at world championship level. I struggled a little bit but I didn’t make any big mistakes. I need to work on my speed because the other riders have been racing all season.”


Race classification Enduro 1
Round: 4 – Bergamo, Italy
Circuit: Valli Bergamasche

Race 1: 1 Laps
Pos.  Rider Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
1   I. Cervantes KTM  ESP  84′ 21.040
2   S. Albergoni Honda  ITA  +6.790
3   M. Micheluz Yamaha  ITA  +1′ 51.530
4   B. Oblucki Husqvarna  POL  +2′ 17.810
5   R. Bazzurri Husqvarna  ITA  +2′ 29.000
6   F. Blanc KTM  FRA  +4′ 8.760
7   N. Deparrois Husqvarna  FRA  +4′ 56.750
8   H. Rodrigues Yamaha  POR  +5′ 9.630
9   J. Gauthier Honda  FRA  +5′ 49.710
10   M. Pievani KTM  ITA  +6′ 15.740
11   A. Vilanova Yamaha  ESP  +7′ 6.700
12   F. Georgsson KTM  SWE  +9′ 5.270
13   N. Nicoli KTM  ITA  +9′ 44.670
14   N. Joye KTM  CHE  +11′ 0.710
15   A. Belometti KTM  ITA  +21′ 21.230

Race 2: 1 Laps
Pos.  Rider Manufacturer  Nat. Total Time
1   I. Cervantes KTM  ESP  85′ 0.410
2   A. Belometti KTM  ITA  +40.500
3   S. Albergoni Honda  ITA  +1′ 31.020
4   M. Micheluz Yamaha  ITA  +3′ 21.490
5   R. Bazzurri Husqvarna  ITA  +4′ 46.090
6   H. Rodrigues Yamaha  POR  +5′ 12.850
7   M. Hartmann KTM  GER  +5′ 35.200
8   M. Pievani KTM  ITA  +6′ 30.140
9   N. Deparrois Husqvarna  FRA  +6′ 44.330
10   F. Scovolo Suzuki  ITA  +7′ 46.440
11   F. Blanc KTM  FRA  +9′ 54.470
12   F. Georgsson KTM  SWE  +11′ 1.650
13   N. Nicoli KTM  ITA  +11′ 27.800
14   N. Joye KTM  CHE  +14 ‘ 25.940
15   B. Oblucki Husqvarna  POL  +20′ 47.250

Championship standings Enduro 1

Pos.  Rider  Manufacturer  Nat. Points
1   Ivan Cervantes KTM  ESP 194
2   Simone Albergoni Honda  ITA 165
3   Alessandro Belometti KTM  ITA 138
4   Mauricio Micheluz Yamaha  ITA 129
5   Bartosz Oblucki Husqvarna  POL 127
6   Petri Pohjamo TM  FIN 105
7   Helder Rodrigues Yamaha  POR 97
8   Nicolas Deparrois Husqvarna  FRA 75
9   Freddy Blanc KTM  FRA 74
10   Mike Hartmann KTM  GER 70
11   Peter Bergvall Suzuki  SWE 52
12   Julien Gauthier Honda  FRA 43
13   Frederik Georgsson KTM  SWE 41
14   Roberto Bazzurri Husqvarna  ITA 32
15   Joan Jou Yamaha  ESP 27
16   Robert Carlsson Yamaha  SWE 26
17   Manuel Pievani KTM  ITA 24
18   Andre Raphael Kawasaki  FRA 24
19   Pär Olsson Yamaha  SWE 19
20   Evrard Gutkin TM  FRA 18
26   Fernando Ferreira Yamaha  POR 13
27   Alexandre Mendes Yamaha  FRA 12
30   Arnau Vilanova Yamaha  ESP 10
32   Andre Fernandez Yamaha  POR 6
34   Santos Helio Yamaha  ESP 4

Manufacturers standings Enduro 1

Pos. Manufacturer Points
1  KTM 194
2  Honda 165
3  Husqvarna 137
4  Yamaha 134
5  TM 105
6  Suzuki 77
7  Kawasaki 24

 

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