Last year the FIM and ABC Communications decided to open the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship calendar up to include new race formats, as has been demonstrated in 2017 with the addition of the rally-style Päijänne Enduro in Finland at the end of March, and the forthcoming GP of the United Kingdom (which will feature an Enduro Sprint on Saturday and GNCC on Sunday)...
For next season, the FIM and Alain & Bastien BLANCHARD (ABC Com), with the support of Alex SALVINI and Giovanni COPIOLI (FMI President), have found an agreement with the Off-Road Park of Pietramurata in Italy, to add a Hard Enduro race to the 2018 calendar!
"The Wall" was created in 2015 under the initiative of Umberto TRENTINI and his daughter Sara, who is a multiple Italian Trials Champion. While Extreme riders Jonny WALKER (GB - KTM) and Alfredo GOMEZ (E - KTM) have won the first two editions, this event also attracts EnduroGP riders such as Alex SALVINI (I - Beta), Ivan CERVANTES (E - KTM), Thomas OLDRATI (I - Husqvarna) and Davide GUARNERI (I - Honda).
This year the venue plays host to the Trial GP on the 16th and 17th of September, and the third edition of The Wall Hard Enduro in October. Off-Road Park is very active in various different disciplines of off-road competition, and the team were immediately interested in the opportunity to make 'The Wall' a part of the 2018 EnduroGP Grand Prix calendar.
Alain BLANCHARD: “Our objective is to find exciting racing venues which will attract spectators. We did not want to add a race to the calendar which would be so extreme that the riders would require help from the public or marshals, or that would endanger them physically, or be so impossible that it would turn into a sort of circus. That’s why "The Wall" is a perfect addition; it is a Hard Enduro race that can be integrated into EnduroGP. It will be a very physical race and very technical, but not impossible, and it will demonstrate our sport and its ethics in the best way.”
So we’ll meet on Saturday 30 June 2018 at the Off-Road Park of Pietramurata, in Italy’s Trento region, for an exciting and innovative Trentino GP, where we should see Extreme riders such as WALKER, JARVIS and GOMEZ challenge against the likes of HOLCOMBE, LARRIEU, WATSON, and SALVINI!
Save the date, this race will be unmissable!
The full 2018 Calendar will be announced soon...