On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 175
The first of three days of competition saw 400 racers start on the Spiaggia delle Ghiaie , a beautiful white pebble beach along the northern coast of the island . Eight nations were represented in the Trophy teams , including Finland , Germany , Austria , France , Spain , Switzerland , Poland , and Italy , along with 85 club teams and 121 individual competitors . Riders would face two enduro tests , a cross test , and an acceleration test . France ’ s Trophy Team , comprised of Laurent Charbonnel ( KTM 400 , A5 ), Stephane Peterhansel ( Yamaha 250 , C6 ), and Thierry Viardot ( SWM 250 , C6 ), was able to take strong lead on the day , with a cumulative finish time of 3.07 minutes ahead of Team Germany and 16 minutes ahead of Team Austria .
Overall , however , it was Italy ’ s Matteo Rubin ( C6 ), a member of the Moto Club Gaerne Vintage Silver Vase Club Team aboard a KTM 250 , was able to take a narrow lead in the four tests over Peterhansel by 1.52 seconds . Third place saw Peterhansel ’ s fellow countryman and Silver Vase Club Team rider Nicolas Paganon ( C6 ) finish 43 seconds behind . Scuderia Norellia Vintage Silver Vase Club Team ’ s Paolo Giulietti ( C7 ) finished in fourth , only 51.64 seconds behind the lead , with Team Italy ’ s Trophy rider Tullio Pellegrinelli ( C7 ) closing out the top five , only 53.06 seconds behind .