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Top Brits target World Enduro series opener

The 2018 World Enduro Super Series gets underway at Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal from May 11-13 with the first ever round of the new mixed-discipline format.

Here is all you need to know:

– The 14th edition of Extreme XL Lagares will mix EnduroCross, Urban and Hard Enduro motorbike action as the search begins for this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

– 254 competitors from 18 countries will take to the start line in the Penafiel region of Portugal for three days of enduro racing over slippery and rocky terrain.

– South African Wade Young will be looking to defend his 2017 crown for Sherco Factory Racing from his rivals including last year’s runner-up Jonny Walker of Britain.

– Walker’s Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mates Josep Garcia (Spain) and Nathan Watson (Britain) will also feature as will the returning Taddy Blazusiak (Poland) and Cody Webb (USA).

– Elsewhere, three-time Portugal winner Graham Jarvis leads Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s hopes for victory alongside British compatriot Billy Bolt.

– 47 Pro riders from 13 nations will start the first 2018 round with Spain’s Mario Roman, Travis Teasdale (South Africa) and home hope Diogo Vieira also out to impress.

– Racing begins Friday with Endurocross in Quintandona, then Urban on Saturday as riders take to world heritage city Porto’s narrow, cobbled streets before Sunday’s Hard Enduro back in Quintandona.

World Enduro Super Series 2018 calendar

May 11-13: Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal
May 31-June 3: Red Bull Hare Scramble, Austria
June 8-10: Trefle Lozerien AMV, France
July 24-28: Red Bull Romaniacs, Romania
September 8-9: Red Bull 111 Megawatt, Poland
October 26-27: Gotland Grand National, Sweden
November 10: Red Bull Knock Out, The Netherlands

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