EWC 2013 – GP OF FRANCE

EWC 2013 – GP OF FRANCE

The KTM Enduro Factory Team went into the final two rounds of the 2013 season with two of three senior World Championship titles to their credit but what should have been a great French party for Antoine Meo and Christophe Nambotin was a washout.
Heavy rain fell at the venue of St. Flour, France during Round 13 on Saturday making some of the track impassable and the competition was halted before the end of the program. Then on Sunday riders were only able to contest four cross tests.

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J.EDMUNDS PHOTOS.

E1 World Champion Antoine Meo was up for some fun and opted to ride the KTM 125 EXC in the last rounds. He came out on top on Saturday and finished fourth on Sunday to add a few more points to his impressive overall season’s tally. Teammate Cristobal Guerrero crashed on Saturday and hurt his ankle but rallied to get back into the action in Sunday, finishing seventh.

The E2 and EJ titles were up for grabs and both were settled on Saturday, the final senior title going to Italian Alex Salvini. Frenchman Johnny Aubert battled through the tough conditions at the weekend to claim a 7-2 results for the final two rounds while E2 teammate Ivan Cervantes of Spain came away with a 2-5. Cervantes finished in third overall in the championship with Aubert in fourth place six points behind him.

The weekend was also a mixed one for E3 World Champion Christophe Nambotin. He had a very strong ride on Saturday to occupy is usual top step on the podium but suffered a high speed crash in the third cross test on Sunday and was forced to retire. Nambotin won by an incredible three minutes on Saturday but said later that the rain had made it a very tough race. “All of a sudden the rain made things incredibly tricky. I tried to ride as smooth and carefully as possible and it worked out. I’m pleased to have won.”

On Sunday Nambotin took a heavy fall after hitting a rock buried in the dire as he cam out a hill at high speed. He hit the ground with a big impact but was able to walk away unaided after a few minutes. Medical staff confirmed he had not been injured but he decided to sit out the rest of the race.

Nambotin’s 55-point lead in the points was testament to his excellent season, as was Meo’s 74-point winning margin. Both riders claimed their titles with two rounds still in hand.
Enduro World Championship, Round 14 at St. Flour, France
E1 Results (Scores in parenthesis for Rd. 13-Rd.14)
1, Jeremy Tarroux, France, Sherco, (6 – 1)
2, Eero Remes, Finland, TM, (2 – 2)
3, Marc Bourgeois, France, Yamaha, (7 – 3)
4, Antoine Meo, France, KTM, (1 – 4) – on KTM 125 EXC
5, Anthony Boissiere, France, Sherco, (11 – 5)
Other KTM
7, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM, (0 – 7)
10, Johnny Walker, Great Britain, KTM, (9 – 10)

E1 Standings after Round 14
1, Antoine Meo, 264 (2013 World Champion)
2, Juha Salminen, 190
3, Matti Seistola, 185
4, Eero Remes, 177
5, Jeremy Joly, 136
Other KTM
6, Cristobal Guerrero, 133

E2 Results
1, Alex Salvini, Italy, HM-Honda, (1 – 1)
2, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM, (7 – 2)
3, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg, (5 – 3)
4, David Knight, Great Britain, Honda, (8 – 4)
5, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM, (2 – 5)
Other KTM
10, Oscar Balletti, Italy, KTM, (9 – 10)
11, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM (15 – 11)

E2 Standings after Round 14
1, Alex Salvini, 263
2, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, 216
3, Ivan Cervantes, 211
4, Johnny Aubert, 205
5, Oriol Mena, 136
Other KTM
6, Victor Guerrero, 127
9, Oscar Balletti, 83

E3 Results
1, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg, (DNF – 1)
2, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM, (7 – 2)
3, Luis Correia, Portugal, Beta, (10 – 3)
4, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg, (2 – 4)
5, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco, (3 – 5)
Other KTM
8, Marcus Kehr, Germany, KTM, (6 – 8)
DNF, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM, (1 – DNF)

E3 Standings after Round 14
1, Christophe Nambotin, 250 (2013 World Champion)
2, Aigar Leok, 197
3, Joakim Ljunggren, 191
4, Luis Correia, 164
5, Mathias Bellino, 133
Other KTM
8, Manuel Monni, 115
9, Marcus Kehr, 114

EJ Results
1, Loic Larrieu, France, Husaberg, (NC – 1)
2, Jamie McCanney, Great Britain, Husaberg, (NC – 2)
3, Danny McCanney, Great Britain, Gas-Gas, (1 – 3)
4, Gianluca Martini, Italy, Beta, (7 – 4)
5, Matthew Philips, Australia, Husqvarna, (2 – 5)
Other KTM
6, Rudi Moroni, Italy, KTM, (8 – 6)

EJ Standings after Round 14
1, Matthew Philips, 243
2, Giacomo Redondi, 196
3, Daniel McCanney, 186
4, Mario Roman-Cerrano, 167
5, Loic Larrieu, 154
Other KTM
9, Rudi Moroni, 102

Youth Cup
1, Jeremy Miroir, France, Yamaha, (2 – 1)
2, Michele Marchelli, Italy, Husaberg, (8 – 2)
3, Mika Barnes, France, KTM, (9 – 3)
Other KTM
9, Bradley Freeman, Great Britain, KTM, (20 – 9)

Youth Cup Standings after Round 14
1, Jamie McCanney, 214
2, Albin Elowson, 214
3, Benjamin Herrera, 180
4, Jesper Borjesson, 138
5, Dawid Ciucci, 127
Other KTM
8, Matteo Bresolin, 87
9, Mika Barnes, 86

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