Defending E2 world champion back inside top three at round five.
A solid performance during day one in Slovakia saw Australia’s Wil Ruprecht score his first EnduroGP World Championship podium of the season at the fifth stop on the 2023 calendar.
It was a challenging event for all following the tragic passing of Jaroslav Diro during the Super Test at round five, with Ruprecht riding to a season-best result of third in the difficult circumstances.
“It was devastating to learn the passing of Jaroslav Diro and he was in my thoughts all day,” said Ruprecht after day one. “He was one of us and I send my condolences to his family. Despite the difficult circumstances, it is nice to be back inside the EnduroGP top three after a tough start to the year. The course was good today and I hope to carry my form into tomorrow.”
The Sherco Racing Factory Team rider’s performance on day one also placed him third in the E2 category, while Daniel Milner’s (TM Racing) event was brought to a premature end after a high-side on the second lap on Saturday. He tried to continue but was struggling to keep his balance and focus after landing on his head.
Ruprecht finished day two 15th in Slovakia, fifth in the E2 class, and he is now 14th and sixth in the EnduroGP and E2 championship standings respectively.
In terms of EnduroGP winners in Slovakia, Steve Holcombe (Beta Factory Racing Enduro Team) stood tall on day one while Andrea Verona (GasGas Factory Racing) was victorious on day two.