In a tough day of racing, KTM Enduro factory rider Juha Salminen improved on Saturday’s second place when he topped the podium in Vale de Cambra in Portugal on Sunday in Round Four of the E2 World Championships.
Salminen, the runaway winner in the E1 class last season has been on the E2 podium in all four events so far this season. He scored a first and a third in Sweden in the snow in February and his good results in Portugal lay the foundation for his second successful season after returning from USA at the end of 2006.
“Today was hard racing and very tricky especially for the first guys out on the course. It was wet and there was a lot of mud.” Salminen said he is looking forward to the next two rounds in Spain, territory that is very familiar to him because he trains a lot there in the winter months.
Salminen’s factory rider teammate Alessandro Belometti of Italy finished fourth, a repeat of his finish on Saturday. He adds this new 36 world championship points to the 28 he already has collected to stay well up with the elite group in the class going into the Spain races.
Results Round 3
1. Juha Salminen, Finland, KTM
2. Jonny Aubert, France, Yamaha
3. Valtteri Salonen, Finland Husaberg
4. Alessandro Belometti, Italy, KTM
5. Nicolas Paganon, France, Aprilia