Just over five seconds behind Garcia, Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) secured the runner-up spot in Enduro 2 having topped three of the day‰Ûªs special tests.
Showing just how close things were at the top of the E2 class, Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) rounded out the podium in third ‰ÛÒ less than 10 seconds behind winner Garcia. Husqvarna mounted Italian Thomas Oldrati claimed his best result of the season so far in fourth while Manuel Monni (TM) also secured a strong result on day one of his home GP with fifth.
Due to illness, Eero Remes (TM) struggled throughout day one in Italy. Although managing to maintain his lead in the E2 championship standings he could only manage an eighth place result.
In the Enduro Junior class Davide Soreca (Honda) enjoyed the largest winning margin of all classes, finishing comfortably ahead of Swede Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) after a consistent day‰Ûªs racing. Some 13 seconds adrift in third was Mikael Persson (Yamaha).
Andrea Verona (TM) was the winner in the 125cc Enduro Youth class, finishing ahead of Ruy Barbosa (Husqvarna) and Alex Iscala (KTM).