KTM Enduro Factory Racing Team strong in GP of Spain

KTM Enduro Factory Racing Team strong in GP of Spain

Riders in the KTM Enduro Factory Team picked up a slew of podiums in Rds. 5 & 6 of the World Championships in Munitibar in the autonomous Basque region of Northern Spain at the weekend, particularly underlining their dominance in E1 and E3 classes.

The team’s new French signings Christophe Nambotin and Antoine Meo both drew respect and praise from team boss Fabio Farioli when they continued their unbeaten record so far this season. Both riders have cleaned up every round in the E1 and the E3 classes and leave Spain with a perfect scorecard of 120 points each.

“Nambotin was incredible this weekend,” Farioli said. “He was perfect and Meo also was excellent this weekend.” Indeed the pair cleaned up in the majority of the tests over the two days of intense riding on the 3 x 70 km laps. Farioli said muddy and slippery conditions had prevailed over the weekend and the extreme test had proved very difficult because there were many different lines in the mud.

Photos by J.Edmunds @ Enduro21

While Meo won eight of nine tests on Saturday and continued to dominate the E1 class on Sunday, his teammate Eero Remes was not so lucky. Remes finished third on Saturday and was in the lead on Sunday when he was forced to retire with a technical problem.

The E2 class riders also put in a solid weekend, particularly Cristobal Guerrero of Spain who wrapped up the weekend with an excellent 3-2 result. While he didn’t take the outright victories team boss Farioli said he was always very close to the top and was confident that he would be delivering top performances in future rounds. Johnny Aubert, Guerrero’s teammate finished second on Saturday just 20 seconds in front of the winner Pierre Alexandre Renet with teammate Guerrero closing in just 10 seconds behind him. Aubert went on to finish fourth on Sunday and is beginning to find his rhythm after a slower than usual start to the season in the four South American rounds.

David Knight, the second E3 factory rider is having some difficulty matching the pace of Nambotin but was still very strong and on the podium twice this weekend. He was second on Saturday and third on Sunday to complete an excellent weekend for the team.

In the EJ division KTM’s Jonathan Manzi of Italy and Cristobal’s brother Victor Guerrero were 2-3 on Saturday and 2-6 respectively on Sunday while Giacomo Redondi secured two wins in the Youth Cup.

Meo now has a 37-point lead in E1 and Nambotin has a 24-point lead over teammate Knight in E3. In E2 Guerrero trails the leader Renet by just four points.

Riders convene next weekend for the next two rounds in the GP of Portugal.

E1 Results Rd. 5
1, Antoine Meo, France, KTM
2, Marc Bourgeois, France, Yamaha
3, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
4, Simone Albergoni, Italy, HM-Honda
5, Rodrig Thain, France, HM-Honda
Other KTM
8, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM

E1 Standings after Round 5
1, Meo, 100
2, Albergoni, 68
3, Bourgeois, 68
4, Thain, 64
5, Remes, 63
Other KTM
7, Oldrati, 44

E2 Results Rd. 5
1, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
2, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
3, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4, Jeremy Tarroux, KTM
5, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
Other KTM
7, Fabio Mossini, Italy, KTM

E2 Standings after Round 5
1, Cervantes, 79
2, Renet, 76
3, C. Guerrero, 75
4, Salminen, 62
5, Salvini, 48
Other KTM
6, Aubert, 48

E3 Results Rd. 5
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM
2, David Knight, GBR, KTM
3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
4, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg
5, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM
Other KTM
7, Marcus, Kehr, Germany, KTM
10, Andrea Belotti, Italy, KTM
15, Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM

E3 Standings after Round 5
1, Nambotin, 100
2, Knight, 81
3, Leok, 69
4, Ljunggren, 69
5, Mena, 59

EJ Results
1, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg
2, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM
3, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4, Kevin Benavides, Argentina, KTM
5, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM
Other KTM
7, Rudi Moroni, Italy, KTM
9, Edoardo D’Ambrosio, Italy, KTM

EJ Standings after Round 5
1, Bellino, 94
2, Manzi, 73
3, Benavides, 67
4, McCanney, 66
5, V. Guerrero, 63
Other KTM
6, D’Ambrosio, 54
8, Moroni, 35

Youth Cup
1, Giacomo Redondi, Italy, KTM
2, Matteo Bresolin, Italy, Husaberg
3, Luis Oliveira, Portugal, Yamaha

Round 6 at Munitibar, Spain

E1 Results Rd. 6
1, Antoine Meo, France, KTM
2, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM
3, Simone Albergoni, Italy, HM-Honda
4, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco
5, Nicolas Deparrois, France, Kawasaki
Other KTM
10, Henrik Lindholm, Sweden, KTM
DNF, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM

E1 Standings after Round 6
1, Meo, 120
2, Albergoni, 83
3, Thain, 74
4, Bourgeois, 68
5, Remes, 63
Other KTM
6, Oldrati, 61

E2 Results
1, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
2, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
3, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
4, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
5, Jordan Rose, GBR, TM
Other KTM
13, Armand Monleon, Spain, KTM

E2 Standings after Round 6
1, Renet, 96
2, C. Guerrero, 92
3, Cervantes, 86
4, Salminen, 77
5, Aubert, 61
Other KTM
9, Mossini, 39

E3 Results
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM
2, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
3, David Knight, GBR, KTM
4, Marcus Kehr, Germany, KTM
5, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg
Other KTM
14, Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM

E3 Standings after Round 6
1, Nambotin, 120
2, Knight, 96
3, Ljunggren, 86
3, Leok, 79
5, Mena, 70
Other KTM
6, Kehr, 55

EJ Results
1, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg
2, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM
3, Daniel McCanney, GBR, Gas-Gas
4, Alexander Rockwell, GBR, Husaberg
5, Kevin Benavides, Argentina, KTM
Other KTM
6, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM
7, Rudi Moroni, Italy, KTM
8, Edoardo D’Ambrosio, Italy, KTM
9, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM

EJ Standings after Round 6
1, Bellino, 114
2, Manzi, 90
4, McCanney, 81
4, Benavides, 78
5, V. Guerrero, 72
Other KTM
6, D’Ambrosio, 62
7, Moroni, 44

Youth Cup
1, Giacomo Redondi, Italy, KTM
2, Matteo Bresolin, Italy, Husaberg
3, Guido Conforti, Italy, Yamaha

Youth Cup Standings after Round 6
1, Redondi, 117
1, Herrera, 71
2, Caimi, 53

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