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Miranda Factory Team on a demanding journey

Enduro World Series-E 2021 | Finale Ligure - Italy

Miranda Factory Team on a demanding journey

The penultimate round of the EWS-E 2021 took place today in the iconic Italian town of Finale Ligure. It is a place with a huge tradition in the EWS, not only for the huge variety of trails, but also for the beautiful landscapes from the mountains to the Mediterranean sea. The hub of the event was located in the picturesque commune of Pietra Ligure, where, curiously, the Miranda Factory Team was crowned World Champion last season.

In this demanding edition, the participants had a total of 12 special tests (3 power-stages), three laps and a course of approximately 70 km (3000m of accumulated altitude). Similar to the inaugural journey of Crans-Montana, the Miranda Factory Team colors were showcased in Finale Ligure by the portuguese trio Emanuel Pombo, Tiago Ladeira and Nuno Reis with the KTM Macina Prowler Exonic.

Emanuel Pombo would become the best portuguese athlete, with an 8th place finish. The Madeiran showed excellent progress in some special tests – highlighting the victory in two power-stages, however near the end of the first lap, a crash left Emanuel Pombo quite injured. “I came out swinging by winning the first power-stage, however after a huge crash on special test four, I ended up with a lot of pain in my right hand. I tried to recover, but on the way down the pain was almost unbearable. So I opted to give everything in the uphills and go controlled in the downhills to not aggravate the injury. In the end I still managed to be eighth, which, considering everything, was a victory to be able to reach the end and collect valuable points for the championship. Now I'm going to find out the extent of my injuries and recover for the last round”.

Nuno Reis - Miranda Factory Team

Nuno Reis, on the other hand, was still looking for his best pace in a sport that he “embraced” on a short notice, and would end the day in 19th place. Significantly improving his performance in the opening round, the young man commented: “It was without a doubt a tough race. I also had some mechanical setbacks, but I'm glad I reached the finish line”.

But the unluckiest portuguese in this Italian round was Tiago Ladeira. In the second special test of the morning, the Miranda athlete hit the rear wheel hard in a rocky section and the problems began. It became impossible to continue the race, even after a repair attempt in record time. Out of the competition, Ladeira took the opportunity to return to the special tests, recording times within the top10. “In a very fast and rocky area, I ended up hitting the rear wheel hard and bending the rim. I returned to the paddock and despite our mechanic's excellent work, when I returned to the race, I continued to lose tyre pressure. Then I took the opportunity to train and the reality is that I felt I could have done another great result. Now I have to rest and focus on the last race at the end of the month”.

Tiago Ladeira - Miranda Factory Team

The final round of the EWS-E 2021 championship will take place on September 30th in Tweed Valley, Scotland. It is the return of the world enduro championship to the UK, after a hiatus of approximately six years.

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