News 8 Aug 2022

Third-consecutive Enduro1 title claimed by Verona in Hungary

Category podiums for Australians Ruprecht and Milner.

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A double Enduro1 victory for GasGas Factory Racing’s Andrea Verona saw him clinch his third-consecutive world title in the category at round six of the 2022 EnduroGP World Championship in Hungary.

With Verona’s nearest E1 rival Thomas Oldrati ninth on day one, the EC 250F rider carried a 40-point advantage into stage two where he claimed the title in style – on the top step.

“It’s such a great feeling to have now won three Enduro1 titles in a row and the last two with GasGas,” Verona explained. “It’s been an incredible effort from the whole team to build me such a great bike and I have to thank everyone involved with what we have achieved over the last two seasons.

“The level in EnduroGP is so high right now that mistakes can easily happen. I had a couple of small crashes Saturday which cost me some time and maybe some positions in EnduroGP, but I ended up third on Saturday and second on Sunday which increased my lead to 28 points.

“I won both days in Enduro1 which was enough to secure the title a round early so now, the focus is on the final round in Germany and the EnduroGP title. I need to be as prepared as possible for that one and I’m looking forward to the battle.”

Verona also leads the EnduroGP standings entering the final round at Germany by 28 points ahead of Australian Wil Ruprecht. The TM Racing rider suffered a mechanical issue on day one but rebounded to finish third in stage two, and second in Enduro2 on the day. Australia’s Daniel Milner finished third in E1 for stage one, but was forced to retire on the final day in Hungary.