Enduro World Championship 2013 Rd. 5 & 6

Nambotin and Cervantes both 1-1 in GP of Spain

KTM Factory riders Ivan Cervantes and Christophe Nambotin both picked up double victories at Puerto Lumbreras in Spain this weekend when the 2013 Enduro World Championship resumed here in southeast Spain for rounds five and six of the GP of Spain.

Enjoying riding in front of his home fans, Cervantes celebrated his return to the KTM Factory Team with two wins in the highly competitive Enduro 2 class and Nambotin continued the form he found in 2012 to be the dominant rider in E3.

On Sunday Antoine Meo re-established his dominance in the E1 class after a crash on Saturday saw him finish fifth. Although he reported some pain in his leg after Saturday’s crash, he showed no signs of discomfort on Sunday, winning four of the 12 tests and never finishing lower than second place. It was also a good weekend for Cristobal Guerrero of Spain who started the season in the four rounds in South America still hampered by the after effects of shoulder surgery. He was fast enough on Saturday to take the third place and on Sunday finished a creditable fourth.

Johnny Aubert also had a strong 3-4 result in the E2 over the hard, rocky and dusty terrain, even though he is often more at home on the grassy slopes of France.

But Cervantes was clearly in his element riding in the hot dusty terrain and got ample encouragement from the Spanish fans. On Saturday he won four tests and six on Sunday and now trails the class leader Alex Salvini by just nine points after six rounds. The two wins were the first of the season for the KTM renaissance rider, happy to be back in the KTM kit.

After Saturday’s race Cervantes underlined that the E2 class is one of the most competitive in the current season. “After seven hours on the bike there are three or four riders within a few seconds of each other. That’s not only physically exhausting; it’s also mentally draining,” he said.

The normally omnipresent Antoine Meo was the unluckiest of the KTM factory riders on Saturday. He crashed hard in the opening Enduro test after colliding with a big stone going into a fast right hand corner. The impact winded the French rider and the crash cost him valuable time and bent his handlebars but when Meo hit the track on Sunday there were no visible signs of this setback as he went on to dominate the class.

Spain’s Laia Sanz was also in good form after making the switch this year to a KTM. She secured a 1-1 result in the two opening rounds of the Women’s 2013 Championship.

Summing up the weekend, factory team boss Fabio Farioli said he was very happy with his riders. “Cervantes had a great result this weekend, Antoine came strong on Sunday after his crash and Nambotin was very fast, especially on Sunday. It was a good result for Aubert to finish 3-4 in the competitive E2 class and it was a very strong performance from Guerrero. This was a very physical race and I didn’t expect him to be so competitive this quickly after his shoulder injury. This would have been a very tough race for him.”





















J. Edmunds photos.

The KTM Enduro Factory Team race again next weekend in Portugal for Rounds 7 & 8.

E1 Results
1, Antoine Meo, France, KTM (weekend result 5-1)
2, Eero Remes, Finland, TM
3, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
4, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM (weekend result 3-4)
5, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna

E1 Standings after Round 6
1, Antoine Meo, 111
2, Juha Salminen, 90
3, Matti Seistola, 89
4, Eero Remes, 79
5, Thomas Oldrati, 64

E2 Results
1, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM (weekend result 1-1)
2, Alex Salvini, Italy, HM-Honda
3, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
4, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM (weekend result 3-4)
5, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg
Other KTM
6, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM
10, Oscar Balletti, Italy, KTM
11, Armand Monleon, Spain, KTM
12, Roni Nikander, Finland, KTM
13, Cedric Cremer, Belgium, KTM

E2 Standings after Round 6
1, Alex Salvini, 109
2, Ivan Cervantes, 100
3, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, 93
4, Johnny Aubert, 88
5, Victor Guerrero, 58

E3 Results
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM (weekend result 1-1)
2, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
3, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM
4, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg
5, Luis Correia, Portugal, Beta
Other KTM
6, Manuel Monni, Italy, KTM
9, Marcus Kehr, Germany, KTM
13, Andrea Belotti, Italy, KTM

E3 Standings after Round 6
1, Christophe Nambotin, 110
2, Joakim Ljunggren, 97
3, Aigar Leok, 87
4, Luis Correia, 72
5, Manuel Monni, 71
Other KTM
6, Marcus Kehr, 53

EJ Results
1, Matthew Philips, Australia, Husqvarna
2, Giacomo Redondi, Italy, KTM
3, Mario Roman, Spain, Husaberg
4, Daniel McCanney, Great Britain, Gas-Gas
5, Robert Kvarnstrom, Sweden, Beta
Other KTM
9, Rudi Moroni, Italy, KTM
13, Nicolas Garcia, Spain, KTM

EJ Standings after Round 6
1, Matthew Philips, 103
2, Giacomo Redondi, 98
3, Daniel McCanney, 86
4, Mario Roman, 65
5, Robert Kvarnstrom, 62
Other KTM
7, Rudi Moroni, 54

Youth Cup
1, Jamie McCanney, Great Britain, Husaberg
2, Albin Elowson, Sweden, Husaberg
3, Dawid Ciucci, Italy, KTM
Other KTM
5, Matteo Bresolin, Italy, KTM

Youth Cup Standings after Round 6
1, Jamie McCanney, 114
2, Benjamin Herrera, 95
3, Albin Elowson, 76
Other KTM
4, Matteo Bresolin, 65
5, Dawid Ciucci, 58

EW Results of Round 2
1, Laia Sanz, Spain, KTM (weekend result 1-1)
2, Jessica Gardiner, Australia, Sherco
3, Jane Daniels, Great Britain, Husaberg
4, Juliette Berrez, France, Yamaha
5, Jemma Wilson, Australia, Honda
Other KTM
6, Audrey Rossat, France, KTM
8, Rosa Romero, Spain, KTM

EW Standings after Round 2
1, Laia Sanz, 40
2, Jane Daniels, 32
3, Jessica Gardiner, 30
4, Juliette Berrez, 28
5, Audrey Rossat, 21


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