Superenduro Powered by Sram - Round Two Results and Video

May 10, 2012
by Superenduro  
This past weekend was round 2 of the Superenduro series in Punta Ala, where Matt Wragg kept us all up to date here on Pinkbike. Now the official race video is out, so take a look inside.This past weekend was round 2 of the Superenduro series in Punta Ala, where Matt Wragg kept us all up to date here on Pinkbike. Now the official race video is out, so take a look inside.

The Bandite Bike Park Punta Ala proved to be the perfect venue for the second PRO round of the Superenduro Powered by SRAM in 2012. It also marked a return to the top for Andrea Bruno, in a race that came down to a handful of seconds. In round one at Golfo di Diano Marina it was an all-Italian podium, but would it be again here in Punta Ala? The British invasion of the series continued with Dan Atherton, Al Stock, Paul Aston and James McKnight making the journey over. There were also Slovenian riders, Swiss riders and, for the first time at a Superenduro, a Portuguese rider. Pro downhiller Marco Fidalgo decided a Superenduro race would be the perfect testing ground for his prototype Berg enduro bike.


Punta Ala always provides a real test for the riders, as the race is 60km long and each stage is very different. Racing has been close in the Superenduro series over the last few years, but nobody could have expected how close it was this weekend.

Alberto rockinthemiddle filmer is mounting the Contour on Paul Aston bike

Andrea Bruno (Transition - Team Ready2Ride) came back to his winning ways, regaining the red leaders plate with his first win of the year. Al Stock (Kona - Bike Team Nissan o'Clock) looked to be on the verge of his first Superenduro win, but crashed hard on stage three, coming in second, still only 2.3 seconds off the win. Just 0.7 seconds behind Al was Davide Sottocornola (Ibis - Cicobikes Team Endura) and another tenth back was Dan Atherton (GT - GT Factory Racing Team).

Andrea Bruno faces the rocky section of the PS2

Fifth, and what would usually still be close, was Swiss rider, Lukas Anrig (SantaCruz - Drift Racing), 12.3 second back. Vittorio Gambirasio (GT - Team 360 °) took sixth, Manuel Ducci (Ibis - Team Life Cycle) seventh and the other Swiss Michael Sharer (Cannondale ) eighth. Ninth position was Leoluca Scurria (Specialized - Surfing Team Shop Torpado) and top ten was closed out by Francesco Fregogna (Lapierre).

The womens race was over the same, demanding 60km course as the mens race. Maria Federica Zanotto (Trek) took the win, ahead of Team Cicobikes Endura Marianna Uttini and Chiara Pastore. Fourth place went to Valentina Macheda (Ibis - Team Life Cycle), followed by Laura Rossin (Giant).

Al Stock s strong race started on stage one The Guardian. He was leading the race but due to a head-first crash near the top of stage three threw the race wide-open.

Al Stock’s strong race started on stage one, The Guardian, taking a 4.2 second win over Lukas Anrig and 6.1 seconds from Alex Lupato. Winner of the prologue the day before, Dan Atherton was 8.3 seconds, followed by David Sottocornola 12.8 seconds off the lead. Rain had been forecast the day before, but held off, giving the advantage to riders who stayed on the dry tyres.

Filmed & Edited by rockinthemiddle.com

On Stage two Rock-Oh Andrea Bruno came into his own on the technical lower section to take the win. Davide Sottocornola was 4.8 seconds back, followed by Al Stock 10.5 seconds back, Leoluca Scurria 13.2 seconds back and Dan Atheron 13.4 seconds back. Vittorio Gambirasio rounded out the top five, just 15.4 seconds back after a small crash. Alex Lupato’s hope of victory were dashed as a drivetrain problem lost him more than a minute. After stage two was the quick break at the pits, where he re-built his bike and headed back out to try and at least win a few stages.

Transfer stage

Lukas Anrig had other ideas on stage three though and put 5.5 seconds into Lupato and dropping him to second place. Atherton was third, 6.4 seconds back and Bruno seven. Gambirasio took another fifth 7.4 seconds back, four tenths ahead of Sottocornola who was edged in to sixth. A Stock blew his lead with a head-first crash near the top of the stage and threw the race wide-open.


On the final stage, The Sentinel, Atherton took the win, just ahead of Stock. Second wasn’t quite enough for Al to make up the time he lost to Andrea Bruno on stage three though. Sottocornola grabbed third and a fourth for Bruno, 3.5 seconds behind Atherton was enough to seal the win.

For Superenduro now come two weeks off, before the Sprint race at Palazzuolo sul Senio (FI), in the heart of the Apennines on 27 May.

Andrea Bruno came back to his winning ways regaining the red leaders plate with his first win of the year in front of Alex Stock and Davide Sottocornola.

Maria Federica Zanotto took the win ahead of Marianna Uttini and Chiara Pastore.

Additional weekend coverage from Matt Wragg can be seen and read here:

Friday - Arrival
Saturday - Practice
Sunday - Race Day

www.superenduromtb.com


25 Comments

  • 8 2
 I really like the looks of those red Marzocchis! Big Grin
  • 5 2
 There are always konas on the podiums. . .
  • 5 1
 More like Ibis.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, always Ibis Frown
  • 1 0
 Yeah! Always Ibis!!! :-)
  • 1 1
 Yeah red zocchi's look sweet!
  • 4 0
 yeah team Transition!
  • 2 0
 Is anyone else grimacing while looking at that 661 XC knee pad and then the brick stairs?
  • 2 1
 There are ladies racing, too. right?
  • 2 1
 I think Dan was surprised he didn't win
  • 4 0
 No, he was pissed he didn't win. Big difference in that he will train even harder from now on.
  • 1 0
 can somebody tell me what the difference between downhill and enduro is?
  • 1 0
 Looks fun!
  • 1 0
 i like it
  • 3 3
 Way to go Dan!
  • 4 4
 Kind of confusing in the article, what did Dan place?

*edit nevermind I just saw it.
  • 4 10
flag konabike4321 (May 10, 2012 at 22:35) (Below Threshold)
 Why did you take the time to write that comment and then figure out your mishap, then post the comment and just look like a tool, lol. If you get what im sayin
  • 2 0
 My "Way to go Dan" comment is a congrats to him getting back into competitive/podium shape - competing with this crowd and holding his own. He's a contender and he knows that and what he needs to do.
  • 3 0
 I was talking about "smells'" comment obviosly. Yours def. Didn't seem stupid
  • 1 0
 i must be blind but where did Dan place?
  • 2 0
 A bit confusing - on STAGE ONE you can count him back to 4th place, (he won the prologue the day before) On STAGE TWO, you can count him back to 5th (although it says another rider rounded out the top five) On STAGE THREE Dan was 3rd. On the FOURT and final STAGE - Dan won 1st. Depending on the others, Dan most likely ended the day 4th/5th overall.
  • 1 0
 ahah okay cheers bud.
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