Matt Wragg reports from PinkBike: Italy was the first country to have an enduro national championships, crowning their first champion last year. As the championship rolls into Pogno this weekend, riders will fight it out for the coveted tricolour champions’ jersey. Only one man has ever worn that jersey – Andrea Bruno. The big man from Cuneo comes into this weekend off the back of a win at the last round at Punta Ala, one where the form sheet said he shouldn’t do well. But Pogno is the backyard of his two big rivals, Davide Sottocornola and Alex Lupato, and you can bet that they are going to want to hammer home that advantage.

While only an Italian can win the championship, this is still a full round of the Superenduro PRO series and a more than a few foreign riders have made the trip over to come and race. Not least among them, Nico Vouilloz. It’s is his first Superenduro race of this year, last year he looked to dominate every race he entered, but had no luck with mechanicals. Al Stock will be looking to go one better than his second at the last round in Punta Ala, if he hadn’t crashed on stage four it was his win for the taking. Nico’s fellow countryman, Karim Amour, hasn’t won a Superenduro PRO round in a while and will definitely be after a win. One rider who was looking strong for this weekend, especially if it keeps raining, was Paul Aston, but he’s out with a broken hand from training. Read more