Riders: Morgan Lesiardo, Enrico Rinaldi, Claudio Spanu
Italy has enjoyed incredible success in the Junior division of the FIM International Six Days’ Enduro over recent years and headed into the 2022 edition as reigning champions following victory on home soil last season.
Staged at Le Puy-en-Velay in southern France at the end of August and start of September, the event saw the World’s leading Enduro nations go head-to-head and the young Italian team of Morgan Lesiardo – Sherco, Enrico Rinaldi – GASGAS and Claudio Spanu – Honda did not disappoint, making it two FIM Junior World Trophy wins in a row and three since 2018.
With main rivals Finland pushing hard throughout the six days of competition, the Italian trio kept their cool and led the event from the opening day.
It was not until day five that the Finnish threesome finally managed to outpace the leaders, but by then the damage had been done and the Italians held a comfortable advantage heading into the final day’s traditional Cross Test.
It was the USA’s Austin Walton – Husqvarna who claimed the final day win of the week from Lesiardo and the individual Junior winner was France’s Zachary Pichon – Sherco who won the first five days before coming home fourth in the Cross Test.
Australian riders also shined on day six to secure third in the Junior World Trophy competition from Great Britain with Spain completing the top-five, but the overall honours went to Italy by just under three minutes from the flying Finns.
FIM International Six Days’ Enduro Junior World Trophy Champions: 1986, 1988, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2018, 2021, 2022
Team manager: Giovanni Copioli
Riders: Lorenzo Macoritto, Manolo Morettini, Matteo Pavoni
HOME HEROES #2
While Italy’s senior squad was doing the business in the World Trophy competition, its young riders were sprinting away with the Junior World Trophy at this year’s FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE).
Hitting the ground running to finish the opening day just over one minute ahead of strong teams from France and the USA, the talented trio of Lorenzo Macoritto (TM), Manolo Morettini (KTM) and Matteo Pavoni (TM) looked impressive from the get-go in the Apennine Mountains in the north of the country.
Pavoni in particular produced a stand-out performance on the opening day, posting the second-fastest time out of all the riders competing across all classes and was just twenty-one seconds behind Spain’s Josep Garcia (KTM) at close of play.
Team USA posed the biggest initial threat to Italian dominance, but a crash by Austin Walton (Husqvarna) on day four dropped the Americans down to fourth behind France and Sweden and took some pressure off the Italians’ broad shoulders.
With a solid foundation to build upon and cheered on by the partisan fans, the Italians never looked back and continued to extend their advantage over successive days with a series of cool, controlled performances and by the end ran out worthy winners with a margin of eight minutes and thirty-one seconds separating them from the French team.