Johnny-Aubert Johnny Aubert - © Red Bull Content Pool

This weekend sees the launch of the 2012 FIM Enduro World Championship season with the first event in Talca, Chile. To celebrate such joyous news, we’re breaking down the competition to its vital statistics…

 

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That’s the estimated population for the city of Talca, an economic centre known for its wheat and wine located 255 km (158 mi) south of Santiago. Much like the side of Del Boy Trotter’s Reliant Regal, the inhabitants of Talca have an unofficial saying, ‘Talca, Paris & London’, which came about after a local hat shop claimed it had branches in the French and English capitals. One genuine fact the city can lay claim to is the honour of hosting the inaugural FIM Enduro World Championship event of 2012, the first of eight such challenges dotted around the world over the coming months.

 

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Changing lanes from the normal Spanish and Portuguese season opening events, the GP of Chile will feature three very different tests in challenging 30-degree temperatures. There’s the Cross Test, the Extreme Test and the Enduro Test, with the general consensus being that the latter may well be the deciding factor in determining who gets the top prize at the weekend.

 

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The first-ever World Enduro Championship took place in 1990 when it superceded the FIM European Enduro Championship (which itself had been running since 1968). For the first three years, from 1990 to 1993, the WEC featured six different classes (80cc and 500cc two-stroke and 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc four-stroke) but was eventually whittled down over time to the competition classes of Enduro 1, Enduro 2 and Enduro 3 that we have today.

 

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The mid-point of the Noughties saw the introduction of a new class, the Enduro Juniors. This allowed riders under the age of 21 (later amended to 23) to fight for their very own trophy. A female-only class, Enduro Women, was introduced in 2010.

nullDavid Knight - © Red Bull Content Pool


 

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25 points is awarded to the winner of each class at each event. The next 19 fastest riders are then given points according to their final position, with 22 going to the second fastest, 20 for the third-placed rider and so on.

 

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Since the introduction of the Enduro 1, 2, 3 classes, Spanish rider Ivan Cervantes has won the four time across various classes (E1 in 2005 and 2006 and E3 in 2007 and 2009). Other Red Bull-backed riders to make a splash at the championships include David Knight (E3 in 2005, 2006 and 2010) and Johnny Aubert (E2 in 2008 and 2009).

 

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While we’re on the subject of Johnny Aubert, the two-time world champ, KTM rider and lifelong petrolhead, will be back on your computer screens on Tuesday, March 27, with the Johnny Au Show. He’ll be going behind the scenes of this gruelling season and giving us all the latest info straight from the track. Check it out right here and on Johnny’s official site.

 


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