TOP ENDURO WEEKEND FOR NAMBOTIN & CERVANTES!
Christophe Nambotin and Ivan Cervantes take double victories at Enduro Grand Prix 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 on the KTM 350 EXC-F in the highly competitive Enduro 2 class and Nambotin continued the form he found in 2012 to be the dominant rider in E3 with the KTM 300 EXC.
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 with the KTM 250 EXC-F 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 with the KTM 450 EXC 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 Ivan 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 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."
The KTM Enduro Factory Team race again next weekend in Portugal for Rounds 7 & 8.
Resutls E1 (Round 6)
1. Antoine Meo (F), KTM (weekend result 5-1)
2. Eero Remes (FIN), TM
3. Juha Salminen (FIN), Husqvarna
4. Cristobal Guerrero (E), KTM (3-4)
5. Matti Seistola (FIN), Husqvarna
Standings E1 after 6 of 14 rounds
1. Meo, 111 points
2. Salminen, 90
3. Seistola, 89
4. Remes, 79
5. Thomas Oldrati (I), Husaberg, 64
Results E2 (Round 6)
1. Ivan Cervantes (E), KTM (1-1)
2. Alex Salvini (I), HM-Honda
3. Pierre-Alexandre Renet (F), Husaberg
4. Johnny Aubert (F), KTM (3-4)
5. Oriol Mena (E), Husaberg
6. Victor Guerrero (E), KTM
10. Oscar Balletti (I), KTM
11. Armand Monleon (E), KTM
12. Roni Nikander (FIN), KTM
13. Cedric Cremer (B), KTM
Standings E2 after 6 of 14 rounds
1. Salvini, 109 points
2. Cervantes, 100
3. Renet, 93
4. Aubert, 88
5. V. Guerrero, 58
Results E3 (Round 6)
1. Christophe Nambotin (F), KTM (1-1)
2. Joakim Ljunggren (S), Husaberg
3. Aigar Leok (EST), TM
4. Mathias Bellino (F), Husaberg
5. Luis Correia (P), Beta
6. Manuel Monni (I), KTM
9. Marcus Kehr (D), KTM
13. Andrea Belotti (I), KTM
Standings E3 after 6 of 14 rounds
1. Nambotin, 110 points
2. Ljunggren, 97
3. Leok, 87
4. Correia, 72
5. Monni, 71
6. Kehr, 53
Results EJ (Round 6)
1. Matthew Philips (AUS), Husqvarna
2. Giacomo Redondi (I), KTM
3. Mario Roman (E), Husaberg
4. Daniel McCanney (UK), Gas-Gas
5. Robert Kvarnstrom (S), Beta
9. Rudi Moroni (I), KTM
13. Nicolas Garcia (E), KTM
Standings EJ after 6 of 14 rounds
1. Philips, 103 points
2. Redondi, 98
3. D. McCanney, 86
4. Roman, 65
5. Kvarnstrom, 62
7. Moroni, 54
Results Youth Cup (Round 6)
1. Jamie McCanney (UK), Husaberg
2. Albin Elowson (S), Husaberg
3. Dawid Ciucci (I), Husaberg
4. Davide Soreca (I), Yamaha
5. Matteo Bresolin (I), KTM
Standings Youth Cup after 6 of 14 rounds
1. J. McCanney, 114 points
2. Benjamin Herrera (RCH), TM, 95
3. Elowson, 76
4. Bresolin, 65
5. Ciucci, 58
Results EW (Round 2)
1. Laia Sanz (E), KTM (1-1)
2. Jessica Gardiner (AUS), Sherco
3. Jane Daniels (UK), Husaberg
4. Juliette Berrez (F), Yamaha
5. Jemma Wilson (AUS), Honda
6. Audrey Rossat (F), KTM
8. Rosa Romero (E), KTM
Standings EW after 2 of 8 rounds
1. Sanz, 40 points
2. Daniels, 32
3. Gardiner, 30
4. Berrez, 28
5. Rossat, 21