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Italy

At the half way stage in the ’06 FIM World Enduro Championship KTM Factory Enduro Team Farioli riders Ivan Cervantes, Samuli Aro and David Knight currently lead their respective Enduro 1, Enduro 2 and Enduro 3 world championship classes following double class wins by all three riders at the 40th GP Valli Bergamasche it Italy. With Cervantes claiming two important wins in the E1 class, Samuli Aro returning to his best to win in E2 and David Knight continuing to dominate in the E3 class KTM Factory Enduro Team 1 also currently leads the Team competition with KTM Factory Enduro Team 2 lying in third position.

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The fourth round of Italian Enduro Champs was held in the small village of Bosio, just north of the port city Genova. Merriman returned to top form after struggling with Flu and fever in the third round. In cooler than expected, dry conditions Merriman returned to the top of the podium to claim another victory from nearest rival in the championship, Simone Albergoni. After a two week break since the last World Enduro Round in Spain, Merriman has worked hard to make improvements to his bike setup to best suit enduro conditions. His changes were consolidated as he took victory in 6 of the 10 special tests, despite crashing in two tests.

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The opening round of Italian Enduro Champs was held in linguaglossa, Sicily at the base of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt Etna. Heavy rain leading up to the race left most of the track very wet and muddy, however the riders were fortunate that sun prevailed on the day of the race. For this race there was two enduro tests, one cross test and one extreme test. The cross test was mostly on a flat paddock that was very wet as all the springs from the mountain drained out onto it. On the first days there were some big mudholes in the cross test, and almost every rider got stuck at one point or another. On the first day the riders completed four laps of the 45 km course, the enduro and extreme tests are not timed on the first lap. The enduro tests were had a base of hard volcanic rock but were very muddy due to the rain.

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With a second place and two heat wins Stefan Everts claimed victory for the third consecutive time in the Starcross di Mantova race in Italy. Riding in perfect harmony with his new aluminum framed Yamaha YZ450FM, the nine times world champion from Belgium opened the 2006 motocross season in the best possible way.

In the first heat Everts had to give in to Sebastian Tortelli, the French MX250 world champion of 1998 who returned from the US to campaign the 2006 MX1 world championship. In the other two heats Tortelli experienced bike trouble and could not prevent Everts claiming the other two heat wins. Other then Tortelli in the first heat there were no other riders to really challenge Everts. Unfortunately this also the case for Stefan's teammate Cédric Melotte who was not yet able to go all the way, due to a wrist injury that needs more time to heal.

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