The magnificent Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1992, is once again the setting for a battle. This time, the fight will be between the participants of the second event in the FIM Indoor Enduro World Championship, which will be Sunday 6th February. It is the 12th edition of the Indoor Enduro in Barcelona and the longest established in this new speciality.
The competition started in Genoa, Italy, and the position of the Finnish rider, Mika Ahola (HM-Honda), gives him a certain advantage over the rest of his rivals as the championship is somewhat shorter than initially programmed. Precisely for this reason, the other two riders who joined the winner of the first event on the podium, the Swedish rider Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberf) and the favourite and current champion Tadeusz Blazusiak (KTM), will be looking to reduce the six and eight points of advantage that Ahola holds in the general classification after his win in the PalaFiera in Genoa.
The Italian rider Thomas Oldrati (KTM) cannot be dismissed either, having performed very well to a home crowd, and is only one point behind Blazusiak. Oldrati is also one of the few who has managed to win a final heat in the Palau Sant Jordi. The name of Iván Cervantes (Gas Gas) must also be added to this list of names. The Catalan rider from Cambrils was not able to participate in Genoa due to a back injury, which he has now recovered from. He has few chances of the title, but this will in no way prevent him from wanting to win before his public.
Other riders to watch out for in this second FIM Indoor Enduro event are the champions David Knight (KTM) – winner of the FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup 2008, and Juha Salminen (Husqvarna), the runner-up Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) and Cristóbal Guerrero (KTM), and, in addition, the fifth and sixth classified in the provisional, Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) and Alfredo Gómez (Husaberg),
The Indoor Enduro will be sharing the event, as in Genoa, with the Indoor Enduro X-trial. In this case it will be the third event in the 2011 SPEA FIM X-Trial World Indoor Championship, with Toni Bou leading. This weekend, the Palau Sant Jordi will see a total of 54 world titles in different disciplines meeting under the same roof.
The event will start at 17.30 on Sunday 6th February. The doors of the Palau Sant Jordi will open at 16.30. The next event in the FIM Indoor Enduro World Championship, the third and last in the competition, will be held in Lisbon (Portugal), on Saturday 5th March in the Restelo Stadium in the Portuguese capital.