CRISTOBAL GUERRERO EXCELS IN E2 IN TURKEY
Riding in blistering conditions, temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius and terrain similar to at home in Spain, Cristobal Guerrero was the star performer for the KTM Enduro Factory team this weekend in rounds 7 & 8 of the Enduro World Championship with a 1-3 result.
While Guerrero took the glory, including his first victory since joining the KTM factory team after a tough battle with countryman Ivan Cervantes, it was a difficult and testing weekend for teammate Johnny Aubert. Riding with a still injured foot, Aubert held onto third place until near the end of Friday’s race before succumbing to the pain and having to settle for fourth. He returned on Saturday but also had some bad luck when he incurred a three-minute penalty after he damaged his fuel line going over a small tree stump while riding in the forest.
Team boss Fabio Farioli reported that he was still very fast and only trailed the leader Antoine Meo by one second in the tests. “Johnny was very fast and without the penalty he would have been a very close second place. Guerrero also pushed very hard on Saturday and he was only seven second behind the leader,” Farioli said.
Cristobal Guerrero: “I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the bike and we are working well with the team mechanics. I also felt very comfortable on this difficult circuit.”
Riders were on their bikes for more than seven hours each day and the 4-lap course included a 4 km cross test, a 9 km Enduro text, a 1 km extreme test and a 1 km super test.
E2 Results Round 7
1, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas
3, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna
4, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
5, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
E2 Results Round 8
1, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna
2, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
3, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas
5, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM
8, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
E2 Standings after Rounds 7-8
1, Meo, 182 points
2, Cervantes, 158
3, Renet, 152
4, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM, 139
5, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM 124