WALKER ENJOYS ‘RAIN-AFFECTED’ EWC FINALE
British KTM Factory Enduro rider takes on the Final Enduro World Championship round on a 250 EXC-F
KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Jonny Walker delivered a solid performance at the final round of the Enduro World Championship in St Flour, France. Making his debut ride in the EWC, Walker placed ninth on day one and tenth on day two in the competitive Enduro 1 class.
Using the event as ongoing preparation towards his assault on the 2014 SuperEnduro World Championship, Walker contested the event on a KTM 250 EXC-f as apposed to his usual 300cc two-stroke machine. Settling into day one, the KTM rider quickly worked his way inside the top ten. But as the riders began their final lap of the day conditions took a turn for the worse as sections of the course becoming water logged following torrential rain.
On day two Walker again attacked from the off. Enjoying the conditions, he pushed hard to better his previous day’s result of ninth. But with a couple of mistakes on the ultra fast cross test hampering his progress he eventually ended his day in tenth.
Jonny Walker: “It’s been a great experience stepping into the EWC. Even though the event was a bit chaotic due to the rain I’ve really enjoyed it and would like to try and do a few more. I was hoping to finish inside the top ten and I managed to do that both days – ninth on day one and then tenth on day two. But for me this weekend was about getting some serious competition on a four-stroke under my belt in preparation for the SuperEnduro World Championship. We worked on a lot of things throughout the weekend, tried a lot of settings, and I learned a lot. On day two I felt a lot more comfortable and rode a lot better - even if my result doesn’t show it. Next up is the penultimate round of the British Enduro Championship were hopefully we can get a good result on the four-stroke before switching back to the KTM 300 EXC in preparation for the Red Bull Sea to Sky event in Turkey.”
Enduro World Championship 2013, Rnd 7 – Day 1
1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 1.02:00.82; 2. Eero Remes (TM) 1.02:52.23; 3. Jeremy Joly (Honda) 1.03:11.49; 4. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 1.03:16.33; 5. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 1.03:19.22; 9. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1.05:58.22
Enduro World Championship 2013, Rnd 7 – Day 2
1. Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco) 21.15:80; 2. Eero Remes (TM) 21.16:03; 3. Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) 21.17:71; 4. Antoine Meo (KTM) 21.18:22; 5. Anthony Boissiere (Sherco) 21.22:39; 10. Jonny Walker (KTM) 21.55:44