22. October 2012
Renet (Husaberg) has joined the trio of KTM champions. Individual victories were celebrated in France by Méo, Aubert, Nambotin, and Bellino.
The 2012 Enduro World Championship wrapped up in a relaxed atmosphere with great weather in and around Brignoles, France. On both days, racers that had already won the world champion titles triumphed in all classes except E2 on the 60 km course with four tests: Antoine Méo in E1 and Cristophe Nambotin in E3 (both on KTMs), and among the juniors Mathias Bellino (Husaberg).
In the E2 class, where the champion wasn’t known until the final race, Johnny Aubert (KTM Enduro Factory Team) surprised everyone with a double victory; both times he was faster than Pierre Alexandre Renet (Husaberg) and Juha Salminen (Husqvarna), with Salminen finishing ahead of Renet on Sunday. But second and third places were enough for Renet to collect the most points in the overall count to become the fourth enduro champion this year with an Akrapovič exhaust system mounted on his bike.
After the race, Renet commented “I’m really happy. I won in the really competitive E2 class, riding alongside multiple champions like Juha Salminen, Johnny Aubert, and Iván Cervantes. The champion wasn’t known until the final race, so the victory was even sweeter.” He’s staying with the Husaberg factory team in the same class next year, and so his goal is to repeat this year’s success.
After the official awards ceremony, the French Akrapovič representative presented all of these champions with special cups shaped like exhaust systems, and they all burned rubber together to celebrate the end of the season. Sincere congratulations to all the racers and their teams. It’s great to be working with the best!
Photo: Matevž Hribar