Meo and Nambotin top E1 and E3 podiums at GP of Sweden

Meo and Nambotin top E1 and E3 podiums at GP of Sweden

KTM’s Enduro factory riders Antoine Meo and Christophe Nambotin were in solid form at the GP of Sweden for two rounds of the World Championships in Karlsborg at the weekend where they fought it out in the forests to pull off the lead in the E1 and E3 classes on both days. 


Meo went into the weekend weighed down with the after effects of flu but despite a slow start on Saturday the adrenalin kicked in right after the opening cross test. He was fastest on his KTM 250 EXC-F in the opening Enduro test that followed and by the beginning of the second 70 km lap he was in the lead and stayed anchored in that spot for the rest of the competition. The French rider also said rainy conditions had added an extra degree of difficulty for him “The difference all the time was in the Enduro test,” he told reporters. “I didn’t take a lot of risks and I made quite good times.” 


Meo also had a solid day on Sunday, winning three tests and apart from difficulties in two of the extreme tests finished either second or third in the remaining ones. “There were some good fights in the E1 today but Meo was simply one class better than the rest,” team boss Fabio Farioli said from the venue.



E1 Teammate Remes had a day of contrasts on Saturday picking up wins in several of the Cross Tests but coming unstuck in two of the extreme tests over man made obstacles near the paddock that definitely favored the trials specialists. Remes finished fifth on Saturday. On Sunday Remes continue to be strong in the cross tests but lost time in the Extreme. He managed to lift his game to finish on the podium in third with KTM rider Thomas Oldrati of Italy finishing second to make it a clean sweep for KTM in this class.

The E2 duo, Cristobal Guerrero and Johnny Aubert battled it out on Saturday in unison. Guerrero, riding on very different terrain than his home track in Spain won two of the extreme test, while Aubert picked up the third. For the rest of the day they frequently shared third and fourth places in the other tests and that was how they finished, with Guerrero coming out on top after Aubert was given a one-minute penalty. Sunday was a similar story for the two KTM riders who managed to finish this time with Guerrero again in front in fourth while Aubert was fifth.

Christophe Nambotin of France again dominated the E3 on Saturday riding the KTM 300 EXC picking up five of the nine special tests to further extend his points lead in the championship. Teammate David Knight won all three extreme tests but came unstuck on some of the others and finished the opening day in Sweden in tenth place. Sunday was also a strong day for the French rider who wound up the day by snatching the victory only after the final extreme test. Knight was also in good form over the Extreme texts on Sunday, grabbing three fastest times but his performances in the Cross and Enduro tests were only enough for him to finish overall fourth.

Meanwhile in the Youth Cup, young Italian KTM-supported rider Giacomo Redondi picked up another two victories this weekend to secure the first title of the season.

While most of the track was out in the Swedish forest, the Cross Test was in a flat field on a soft, gravely surface with plenty of corners and some crowd-pleasing jumps. The Enduro Test took riders into the forest, starting slow and twisty before building speed. There were also plenty of rocks to negotiate. The ground was soft and muddy from recent rain and riders had the choice of a jump across a river or a longer route on the liaison section.

Riders compete in the GP of Finland next weekend and the KTM team goes into the next two rounds with a significant lead in E1 and E3 thanks to Meo and Nambotin. Guerrero is just five points behind the leader in E2.

Enduro World Championship at Karlsborg, Sweden – Round 11

E1 Results
1, Antoine Meo, France, KTM
2, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco
3, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM
4, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna
5, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
Other KTM
8, Roni Nikander, Finland KTM
13, Henrik Lindholm, Sweden, KTM
E1 Standings after Round 11
1, Meo, 180
2, Thain, 140
3, Remes, 139
4, Seistola, 130
5, Oldrati, 123
E2 Results
1, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
2, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
3, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
5, Alex Salvini, Italy, Husqvarna
Other KTM
12, Fritz Andersson, Sweden, KTM
14, Fredrik Georgsson, Sweden, KTM
E2 Standings after Round 11
1, Guerrero, 170
2, Renet, 168
3, Salminen, 157
4, Cervantes, 127
5, Aubert, 111

E3 Results
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM
2, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM
3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
4, Manuel Monni, Italy, KTM
5, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Beta
Other KTM
8, Marcus, Kehr, Germany, KTM
10, David Knight, GBR, KTM
12, Toni Eriksson, Finland, KTM
13, Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM
E3 Standings after Round 11
1, Nambotin, 217
2, Ljunggren, 157
3, Leok, 150
4, Knight, 149
5, Mena, 134
EJ Results
1, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg
2, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM
3, Johan Edlund, Sweden, Husaberg
4, Daniel McCanney, GBR, Gas-Gas
5, Edoardo D’Ambrosio, Italy, KTM
Other KTM
8, Rudi Moroni, Italy, KTM
12, Ian Blythe, USA, KTM
13, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM
15, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM
EJ Standings after Round 11
1, Bellino, 209
2, Manzi, 165
3, McCanney, 145
4, Benavides, 130
5, Guerrero, 101
6, Moroni, 101
Youth Cup
1, Giacomo Redondi, Italy, KTM
2, Matteo Bresolin, Italy, Husaberg
3, Nelson Oliver, Sweden, KTM
Youth Cup Standings after Round 11
1, Redondi, 217 (wins title)
2, Bresolin, 107
3, Conforti, 87



Enduro World Championship at Karlsborg, Sweden – Round 12

E1 Results
1, Antoine Meo, France, KTM
2, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM
3, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
4, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco
5, Lorenze Santolino, Spain, Husqvarna
Other KTM
8, Roni Nikander, Finland KTM
16, Emil Andersson, Sweden, KTM
E1 Standings after Round 12
1, Meo, 200
2, Remes, 154
3, Thain, 149
4, Oldrati, 140
4, Seistola, 136
E2 Results
1, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
2, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
3, Alex Salvini, Italy, Husqvarna
4, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
5, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
Other KTM
11, Fredrik Georgsson, Sweden, KTM
12, Fritz Andersson, Sweden, KTM
E2 Standings after Round 12
1, Renet, 188
2, Guerrero, 183
3, Salminen, 174
4, Cervantes, 131
5, Aubert, 122
E3 Results
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM
2, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM
3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
4, David Knight, GBR, KTM
5, Manuel Monni, Italy, KTM
Other KTM
8, Marcus, Kehr, Germany, KTM
10, Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM
12, Toni Eriksson, Finland, KTM
E3 Standings after Round 12
1, Nambotin, 237
2, Ljunggren, 172
3, Leok, 167
4, Knight, 162
5, Mena, 143
EJ Results
1, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg
2, Daniel McCanney, GBR, Gas-Gas
3, Robert Kvarnstrom, Sweden, Beta
4, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM
5, Rudi Moroni, Italy, KTM
Other KTM
7, Linus Fasth, Sweden, KTM
8, Edoardo D’Ambrosio, Italy, KTM
10, Kevin Benavides, Argentina, KTM
11, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM
12, Lauri Pohjonen, Finland, KTM
14, Martin Leok, Estonia, KTM
15, Ian Blythe, USA, KTM
16, Tommy Sjostrom, Sweden, KTM
17, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM
EJ Standings after Round 12
1, Bellino, 229
2, Manzi, 178
3, McCanney, 162
4, Benavides, 136
5, Moroni, 112
Youth Cup
1, Giacomo Redondi, Italy, KTM
2, Nelson Oliver, Sweden, KTM
3, Jamie McCanney, GBR, Husaberg
Youth Cup Standings after Round 12
1, Redondi, 237
2, Bresolin, 120
3, Conforti, 87

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