The Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing’s Juha Salminen saw his hopes of a double Enduro 2 class win end on day one of the Enduro World Championship GP of Argentina. Leading the E2 class at the time, the Finn was forced to retire after a stone became lodged between the chain and front sprocket of his bike. Salminen bounced back to win the class on day two – his second E2 class win in as many GPs.
Conditions in Argentina were extremely dry and rocky – just as they were one week earlier in Chile. With four laps each day, only the very fittest were able to give their all by the end of the second day’s competition in San Juan.
A cautious sixth on the opening super test on Friday night, Juha Salminen made a determined start to the first full day of competition. Winning three of the first four timed special tests Juha opened up an advantage over Spain’s Ivan Cervantes before his luck ran out and he was sidelined from the event. While in control of the Enduro 2 class Juha’s bike stopped on the motocross test with a stone wedged between the front sprocket and chain. Needing more than 30 minutes to remove the stone, Juha was then only able to ride back to the paddock to prepare for day two.
“I can say it was just bad luck, because something like that happens almost never,” said Salminen. ”Also, there was nothing we could do about it. The day was going really well.”
Determined to show what could have been on day one, Juha topped the opening special test before controlling his class lead. Only twice placing lower than second in class, Salminen won five of the day’s 12 special tests for an overall win by 23 seconds.
Juha’s team-mate Alex Salvini endured a tough two days of competition in Argentina. Enjoying the dry conditions, the Italian placed fifth on both days. On day one Alex won the final motocross test and largely performed well on day two. Mistakes on the enduro test prevented Salvini placing higher up in the results.
Salvini commented, ”I only crashed once all weekend but there were too many small mistakes in my riding. On day two I made a mistake at the bottom of the first steep hill and had to get off and push it, which lost me 20 seconds. It just wasn’t a great weekend for me.”
Spaniard Lorenzo Santolino claimed the best result for the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing in the Enduro 1 class with a deserved fourth on day two. He was still feeling the effects of a crash during the GP of Chile, but Santolino placed seventh on day one, claiming the team’s best E1 class result.
On day two, Lorenzo improved his speed on all special tests to secure a well-deserved fourth. Winning three of the day’s tests the team newcomer placed just six seconds from the podium. Matti Seistola failed to secure the results he hoped he would in Argentina. Ninth on day one, mistakes early in the day derailed his chances of battling for a podium result. On day two, Seistola started well but a heavy fall on the day’s fourth test again stopped him from performing at his best.
GP of Argentina
Enduro 1, Day 1
1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 52:29.63;
2. Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) 53:48.42;
3. Simone Albergoni (HM Honda) 53:51.97;
4. Eero Remes (KTM) 53:53.63;
5. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 54:27.37;
7. Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) 55:02.35;
8. Ricky Dietrich (Husqvarna) 55:05.40;
9. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 55:05.54
Enduro 2, Day 1
1. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 52:03.24;
2. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 52:30.62;
3. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 52:41.49;
4. Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husaberg) 52:58.60;
5. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 53:16.60;
13. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 57:31.93
Enduro 1, Day 2
1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 1.01:50.00;
2. Simone Albergoni (Honda) 1.02:47.88;
3. Eero Remes (KTM) 1.02:53.64;
4. Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) 1.02:59.87;
5. Rodrig Thain (Honda) 1.03:29.58;
9. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 1.05:16.10;
12. Ricky Dietrich (Husqvarna) 1.08:54.26
Enduro 2, Day 2
1. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 1.00:42.33;
2. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 1.01:06.05;
3. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 1.01:06.38;
4. Pela Renet (Husaberg) 1.02:20.71;
5. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1.03:00.23;
12. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 1.06:22.82
Championship points standings
after second GP:
1 Meo ( KTM) p. 80
2. Albergoni ( Honda) 55
3. Thain (Honda) 53
4.Bourgeois (Yamaha) 51
5. Remes (KTM) 48
6. Santolino (Husqvarna) 36
7.Oldrati (KTM) 36
8.Seistola (Husqvarna) 35
11.Dietrich (Husqvarna) 21
1. Cervantes (Husqvarna) p. 69
2.Guerrero (KTM) 58
3.Renet (Husaberg) 54
4.Salminen (Husqvarna) 51
5.Salvini (Husqvarna) 45