2023 Enduro Vintage Trophy: Italy lead with one day remaining – day 3 results and gallery
Results from day three at the 2023 FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy in La Cerdanya, Spain where Team Italy head the standings ahead of France and Germany.
Clocking two laps of a 48.5 kilometre course with two special tests per lap, day three was shorter but still tough enough to make sure riders were challenged on Spanish Pyrenees trails.
Carrying a reasonably comfortable lead after this last day of the enduro tests, defending EVT champions Team Italy head France and Germany with Tem USA fourth and Portugal completing the top five.
Italians Enrico Tortoli, Giorgio Grasso and Tullio Pellengrini, like some of the riders in the entry list, may be familiar to anyone who was riding and racing when these various vintage bikes were new.
2023 EVT day three team contest results:
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The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy (EVT) brings together riders from all over the world with legends of the sport popping up inside the tests including one of the best female riders on the planet, Mireia Badia turning her hand to vintage enduro.
Another rider winding back the clock and enjoying racing in Spain is American team rider Lendon Smith. As the owner of seat manufacturer Seat Concepts, Lendon has seen his passion for older motorcycles grow into a business. “Around 2004 I started making seat for vintage bikes. It just about paid enough for myself and some friends to go racing at that time. Around 2009 I got more serious with the business, and I decided to try and make seat for more bikes, for modern bikes. Slowly, things took off and from dual sport and adventure we moved into competition motorcycle seats and today we have 46 employees. Things have worked out pretty well.”
Competing in his first EVT, Lendon (right) is enjoying his racing more than ever. “I didn’t get into dirt bikes until I was 14, but by the time I was 18 I was Florida state Hare Scramble champion. After that life, family, and business kind of curtailed my motorcycle racing. But when I turned 50, I told my wife I wanted to start racing again. And that’s kinda lead to me racing here at the EVT.
“I used to do a lot of vintage motocross racing. But this is my first EVT and probably my first vintage race in 12 years. It’s awesome here in Spain, so much fun. I wasn’t expecting the trails to be as good as they are. They’re incredible and the scenery has been just amazing. I saw my bike a few days before the race, so it’s taken me a few days to get to grips with it, but I’m having a great time. Day three has been great for me and I can’t wait for the final day motocross races.”
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The final day, Saturday, is the traditional MX taking place at the Sant Marc circuit which will be followed by Prize Giving Ceremony.
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