GREAT WEEKEND FOR KTM ENDURO FACTORY RACING IN PORTUGAL!
The KTM Enduro Factory Racing team continued their dominance in Portugal for Round 3 & 4 of the world championship at Vale de Cambra, completing two days of competition each with wins in all senior classes and all five factory riders on the podium.
Following on from a great performance the previous weekend at the GPs of Catalunya, the factory team has made a very promising start to the 2014 racing season.
Saturday’s Round Three saw wins in all three classes and all five KTM factory riders on the podium for what team boss Fabio Fairoli said was a great day for his lineup. Fairoli was even more pleased after Sunday, when his riders once again delivered. “Nambotin and Cervantes were both great this weekend and today Meo was incredibly fast in the last three tests. When it comes to limits, he has no limits!”
Christophe Nambotin, Antoine Meo and Ivan Cervantes won E1, E2, and E3 on both days and they were well supported by Cristobal Guerrero in E1 and the team rookie Matthew Phillips of Australia who were both on the podium each day!
On Saturday Christophe Nambotin was a force in E1, winning seven of the twelve tests and making an excellent recovery from a crash in the first extreme test of the day to end up on the top of the podium. The French rider and current E3 world champion closed off his day with a 25-second advantage over second placed Eero Remes.
Nambotin was well supported by Christobal Guerrero who is clearly free of the injury problems that held him back last year. Despite a number of crashes the Spanish rider was never out of the top five and accrued enough time advantage to wrap up his day with a podium third. Nambotin was even more confident on Sunday with another eight test wins on the KTM 250 EXC-F while Guerrero again finished with a podium third.
Antoine Meo may have had a slow start on Saturday finishing fourth and third in the first two tests but the he took off. At the end of the day he had six test wins to his name and was 4.13 seconds overall in front of rival Pela Renet. Meo, always impressive, also picked up seven test wins with the KTM 350 EXC-F in E2 on Sunday including big wins in the last three of the day.
Ivan Cervantes and Matthew Phillips, experience and youth, are proving to be a winning combination in the big class and were again 1-2 on the podium with the veteran Spaniard 28 second ahead of Phillips who is in his rookie season with the factory team.
Cervantes later joked that the young Australian was making it hard for him but said he was more than happy with his day. “Matt is very fast but half way through the race I decided to take a different line and try not to make any mistakes and that paid off,” Cervantes said, adding that the extreme test had been very difficult.
Cervantes picked up another win on Sunday with a great display of consistently good results , while Phillips, a rider that Farioli says still has a lot to learn, showed enough flashes of brilliance on the KTM 300 EXC to prove he is definitely a rider to watch in the future.
Next Round: GP of Greece – May 10-11, 2014
Enduro World Championship Round 3/4 GP of Portugal
Standings & Results E1 after 4 of 16 rounds
1. Christophe Nambotin (FRA), KTM, 80 points (1-1)
2. Eero Remes (FIN), TM, 60 (2-2)
3. Christobal Guerrero (ESP), KTM, 60 (3-3)
4. Anthony Boissiere (FRA), Sherco, 53 (4-4)
5. Jeremy Tarroux (FRA), Sherco, 48 (5-5)
8. Edward Hubner (GER), KTM, 26 (8-9)
9. Rudi Moroni (ITA), KTM, 25 (10-8)
Standings & Results E2 after 4 of 16 rounds
1. Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, 77 points (1-1)
2. Pierre Alexandre Renet (FRA), Husqvarna, 69 (2-2)
3. Johnny Aubert (FRA), Beta, 58 (4-4)
4. Alex Salvini (ITA), Honda, 51 (3-3)
5. Lorenzo Santolino (ESP), Sherco 42 (6-7)
Standings & Results E3 after 4 of 16 rounds
1. Ivan Cervantes (ESP), KTM, 80 points (1-1)
2. Matthew Phillips (AUS), KTM, 64 (2-3)
3. Matti Seistola (FIN), Sherco, 57 (4-2)
4. Matthias Bellino (FRA), Husqvarna, 51 (3-5)
5. Luis Correia (POR), Beta, 46 (9-4)
6. Jérémy Joly (FRA), KTM, 39 (7-6)
9. Simone Albergoni (ITA), KTM, 26 (8-7)