13. May 2013
After the third round of the enduro world championship, an impressive number of podium places was achieved once again by Méo, Cervantes, Aubert, Renet, Nambotin, Ljunggren, Román, McCanney, Albin, and Berrez. They’re all members of Akrapovič-sponsored teams.
After the two opening tests on the other side of the Atlantic, in Chile and Argentina, the enduro world championship resumed on European turf on 11 and 12 May. It took place near Puerto Lumbreras in southern Spain. Iván Cervantes, who’s returned to the KTM factory team this year, said the following after achieving a double win in the most competitive E2 class: “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.” Third and fourth places were exchanged by Pierre Alexandre Renet (Husaberg) and Johnny Aubert (KTM) on Saturday and Sunday.
Antoine Méo (KTM, E1 class), who was unbeatable in South America, fell in the Saturday race and only finished fifth. But he won the Sunday race despite his leg pain. Third and fourth places in this class were taken by his teammate Cristóbal Guerrero.
In the E3 class, Cristophe Nambotin (KTM) delivered two convincing wins ahead of Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg), who placed fourth and second. Promising young riders, all on Husabergs, also delivered excellent performances in this strenuous sport: Jamie McCanney achieved a double win in the Youth Cup 125 class ahead of Albin Elowson, who placed second both times. In the Enduro Junior class, Mario Román placed second and third. We’re also very proud to report that young Juliette Berrez (Yamaha) placed third and fourth in the Enduro Women’s class. Congratulations to all!
The next enduro round will take place this weekend, 18 and 19 May, in Portugal.
Photo: Edmunds J. / KTM Images