This will be Dan Atherton’s first race of the season and marks a key stage in the build up to The Enduro World Series.
He will be joined by Matteo Nati who helped Dan to win the final Super Enduro race at Finale Ligure, the pinnacle of last year’s Enduro season. It will be Matteo’s first official event as new Enduro mechanic for GT Factory Racing Team. He will play a key role in the 2013 season supporting Dan and Martin Maes.
Rider: Dan Atherton
Mechanic: Matteo Nati
This race is the first of five rounds of the third national Enduro series. The event is held over a weekend with open practice and seeding taking place on Saturday afternoon and the main enduro event taking place on Sunday.
The exact course is being kept under wraps till the weekend but we’re expecting a mixture of tracks from the Whites level and the Wall courses with some fresh trails to ensure that every stage will be a challenge.
Afan is home to some of the country’s most testing rocky outcrops, the longer stage has a vertical drop of around 250 meters so we’ll be expecting stage times to be between 3 and 5 minutes.
Cold and cloudy – high 3 degrees C
In 2012 Dan rode just one round of the Gravity Series where he suffered a crash and a mechanical during the event but still managed to salvage second place. With far more experience and races under his belt Dan will be looking to start the season on a high and get the first of many wins.
Current situation – Dan’s Perspective
“This will be my first race since I started training with Alan Milway – I’m coming to it after two really intensive training camps that focused on fitness in a big way. I’ve also been training hard on a race replica loop – this weekend it’s for real. It’s a month before the big races start so I’m expecting it to give me a good measure of the areas that still need polishing up. I want the win.”