After Pinamar, the South American SuperEnduro adventure with the fourth stage of the 2015/16 season in Brazil this Saturday, February 27th but more specifically in Belo Horizonte, in the now well-known Mineirinho.
For the third time in a row, Brazil will host a round of the SuperEnduro. This is again possible thanks to the agency Quanta Sports, famous in the world of motorcycling in South America to host numerous riding courses with David KNIGHT, Taddy BLAZUSIAK or Graham JARVIS, who are responsible for organising the event in close collaboration with the FIM, ABC Communication and the CBM (Confederação Brasileira de Motociclismo).
Sebastião LAGO and Simona SANTOS, Quanta Sports directors, decided to ride the wave of the previous two editions by organising the third round of the Brazilian SEWC. "Although the second edition was a small drop in attendance compared to the first, the enthusiasm for the discipline in Brazil is very important! Each time it's a true spectacle between the riders and the spectators! This is a major opportunity to promote motorcycle sport in Brazil and I think now all Europeans racers know what reception will be reserved and what awaits them at Mineirinho,” tells Sebastião LAGO.
For this, the "Mineirinho" of Belo Horizonte will be again part of the Grand Prix; this venue is the largest sports arena in Brazil and can accommodate up to 25 000 people. It is facing the famous stadium Mineirao, "notorious" for Brazilian football after the semi-final of the World Cup Football 2014 lost by the Selecao 7-1 against Germany. The "little Mineirao" is now one of the great halls of SEWC. The atmosphere is festive, and the relationship between the public and the riders is exceptional!
Belo Horizonte, the third largest city in Brazil after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is located in the state of Minas Gerais of which it is the capital. This city of 2.4 million inhabitants has a tropical climate and is located 450 kilometres north of Rio de Janeiro. "BéHaga", as Brazilians call it, is a new and modern city. It is the richest city in the country due to its great mining tradition and its past where the miners made its prosperity in the eighteenth century throughout the state of Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte is also the hometown of Dilma ROUSSEFF, the current President of Brazil...
Last week, the Grand Prix AMV Seguros of Argentina saw a new leader emerge after the great performance of Jonny WALKER (GB - KTM). Now 11 points ahead of Cody WEBB (USA - KTM), the British rider will certainly want to increase that advantage before returning to Europe for the last two Grand Prix.
But WEBB, disappointed with his performance in Pinamar (3rd), will want to reconnect with his good memories of last season when he managed to get his first SuperEnduro victory in this same Mineirinho. This duel will once again be transformed into three-way battle.
Indeed, Colton HAAKER (USA - Husqvarna) seems more and more comfortable with the race format of SEWC and can become a real threat. If he finds the right rhythm in Belo Horizonte, he could become a major factor in the end of season title fight.
It could have been a quartet but unfortunately Taddy BLAZUSIAK's (PL - KTM), fractured thumb forced him to throw in the towel in Argentina and thus draw a line under this Brazilian Grand Prix. His absence will allow Alfredo GOMEZ (ESP - KTM) and Taylor ROBERT (USA - KTM) to fight for fourth in the provisional standings (only 4 points separate).
They should also play a luxurious referee between the leading trio as Ty TREMAINE (USA - KTM) who seems to finally take all the importance of the Prestige category and can clearly fight for the Top 5. Mario ROMAN (ESP - Husqvarna), will seek to make up for his somewhat disappointing performance in Pinamar, while Kevin ROOKSTOOL (USA - Sherco) will want to get a little closer to the race leaders.
Note the arrival of the young French Aurélien ADDESSO (F) with his Beta 300 RR while Dani GIBERT (E - Sherco) is also out after injuring his scaphoid last weekend.
In Junior, Manuel LETTENBICHLER (D - KTM) suffered his first defeat of the series in Argentina losing points to his nearest rival Luis OLIVEIRA (P - Yamaha). He still retains a comfortable lead in the classification (29 points) but can't afford another loss.
OLIVEIRA where the surrise performer in Argentina (with Benjamin HERRERA) proving that LETTENBICHLER is beatable. We bet that the Yamaha rider will look to fight for victory again. He should be supported in this task by the South African Blake GUTZEIT (RSA - Husqvarna), close to the podium in Argentina, and Germany's Tim APOLLE (D - Husqvarna). For his part, the young Mathias MARTINSEN (NOR - KTM) will continue to garner points and above all experience for the future seasons.
For the second and final race outside Europe, we should see a thrilling fourth round. See you Saturday, February 27 at the now legendary Mineirinho in Belo Horizonte where the stars of SEWC promise an action packed show in front of the warmth of the Brazilian public.