Finally the team is back racing together after Manuel’s injury that kept him away from the start line for six weeks, this time the guys travelled to discover Ireland for the second round of the Enduro World Series.

An unexpected sunny weekend was the setting for an exciting race on the hills of Wicklow, over a course of nearly 50 km, 7 special stages and 1,800m in altitude in one day. The trails were fun but very technical, and an incredible number of spectators flocked to the event, supporting each athlete with a unique enthusiasm!
A perfect organizational machine managed the Irish round, taking great care of every single detail throughout the weekend.
Manuel took part to the race, he finished with an 80th place, managing to maintain a good points score for the series general classification.Valentina ended her race in 22nd, having had a couple of crashes and making a few wrong choices on the setup of the bike.

Manuel:
Honestly when we left home I did not think I would be putting a number board on the handlebars, but testing in the days before the race, I was able to make it all together thanks to the really fun trails and the fact that it did not rain for the entire event.
I am very happy to have finished the race, 80th is not a position I aspire to, but in this case and coming back from injury, it is a good starting point. Certainly Scotland it will be more challenging, but I’m feeling recharged and refocused! Now I feel better and I know I can go back to work hard to get back in shape.

Valentina:It was a really long race, almost seven hours without a break, with short transfers but very intense stages. For me it was a day of ups and downs and definitely could have gone better, but because of a few crashes and a bad decision on the setup of the bike, I ended up just outside the top twenty. The beauty of racing though is that every time you learn something new and important to be able to keep and put into practice in the next race, so I’m super motivated to do well in Scotland.

Now a very short break after the race and tomorrow practice begins in Peebles in Scotland, ready for the third round of Enduro World Series this weekend!

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