New stops and classic favourites are back to test the best extreme enduro riders.
Extreme enduro is no-holds-barred, balls’n’all off-road motorcycle racing. It’s tough. There’s nothing in the motorcycle world that comes even close to the technical and physical challenges of this section of the sport.
And that’s saying something.
Outdoor motocross is rated as one of the world’s most physically demanding sports, leaving ball games like soccer a long way behind, and motorcycle trials at world-championship levels is one of the scariest things on the planet. But neither of them can compete with extreme enduro for sheer terrifying, gut-busting action.
And we’re big fans here at WTW.
Here And Now
The World Enduro Super Series (WESS) is the Big Kahuna of extreme enduro, and the 2019 schedule has been announced with a mix of classic favourites and new events to test the world’s best enduro riders. Here’s a breakdown to bring you up to speed before the series kicks off in Portugal in May:
- Briton Billy Bolt edged out German Manuel Lettenbichler to claim the inaugural 2018 WESS crown after eight thrilling enduro rounds on European courses
- The 2019 WESS championship will offer another true test of enduro skills
- Extreme XL Lagares launches the season again in early May with the riders having to race Endurocross, Urban and Hard Enduro straight out of the gate
- The Trèfle Lozérien AMV’s 600km follows in France before the riders tackle the legendary Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria. Up to 1800 riders will vie for one of the 500 places on Sunday’s start line
- Italy plays host after that in a provisionally scheduled summer stop with five great days of Hard Enduro to follow at the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs
- September sees a return to Hawkstone Park, which delivered some of the best 2018 racing as riders went bar-to-bar around the sandy Shropshire circuit
- The third Classic Enduro event will be in Spain at the Solsona Enduro with Germany’s popular Getzen Rodeo rounding off the season in early November.
WESS Managing Director Philipp Stossier declared: “After what’s been an incredibly successful debut season, we’ve worked tirelessly to bring together what we feel is an enduro championship that both competitors and fans of the sport want. We can’t wait for the new WESS championship to get started.”
WESS Series Manager Winfried Kerschhaggl added: “Traditional enduro is always close to our hearts, fuelling our passion for racing, and for that reason, it has led to the addition of two Classic Enduro events.”
Extreme enduro is tough, but it has fun bits as well.
World Enduro Super Series — 2019 Schedule
Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
Round 4: Classic Enduro (Italy) TBA
Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
Round 7: Solsona Enduro (Spain) October 5-6
Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2-3