KTM Enduro World Championship Update

KTM's E1 and EJ riders best of the factory team in Ponts Spain
KTM's younger factory riders and supported riders emerged the best for KTM in the first two rounds of the Enduro World Championship held in Ponts, Spain on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Eero Remes of Finland was third on the podium on Saturday but on Sunday crashed in the Enduro test, lost time and was unable to close the gap, finally finishing in sixth place. Teammate Thomas Oldrati of Italy finished sixth on Saturday and on Sunday was locked in a close 1-2 battle with eventual double winner Juha Salminen in the final test then he too crashed, sacrificing four seconds to eventually finish in fifth place in Round 2. 
 
The Enduro Junior Class proved to be fertile ground for the youngest KTM riders with KTM Nordic-supported rider Antti Hellsten of Finland winning both rounds for 50 championship points. KTM-supported rider Jonathan Manzi of Italy also had an excellent weekend with a third and second podium places for the two rounds and victory in the Youth Cup division. Manzi is now just eight points behind Hellsten in the standings. 
 
E1 Round 1 Ponts Spain 
1, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna 
2, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna 
3, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM 
4, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco 
5, Rodrig Thain, France, Honda 
6, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM 
9, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM  
 
E1 Round 2 Ponts Spain 
1, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna 
2, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna 
3, Fabien Planet, France, Sherco 
4, Rodrig Thain, France, Honda 
5, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM 
6, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM 
8, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM 
 
Standings after rounds 1 &2 
1, Salminen, 50 
2, Seistola, 44 
3, Planet, 38 
4, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM, 35 
5, Thain, 34 
6, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM 31 
8, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM, 25 
 
EJ Round 1 Ponts Spain 
1, Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM Nordic supported 
2, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg 
3, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM supported rider (also won Youth Cup) 
4, Benoit Fortunato, France, Yamaha 
5, Jeremy Joly, France, Honda 
 
EJ Round 2 Ponts Spain 
1, Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM Nordic supported 
2, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM supported rider (also won Youth Cup) 
3, Jeremy Joly, France, Honda 
4, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg 
5, Benoit Fortunato, France, Yamaha 
 
EJ Standings after Rounds 1&2 
1, Hellsten, KTM, 50 
2, Manzi, KTM 42 
3, Bellino, 40 
4, Joly, 36 
5, Fortunato, 34 
 
 
Eero Remes third on Saturday
 
Thomas Oldrati scores 6-5 in first two rounds
 
Cristobal Guerrero scores only E2 podium for KTM in Rounds 1&2
While Friday night at the first rounds of the E2 world championship started with promise when KTM's E2 factory rider Johnny Aubert put on a perfect display of speed and technical ability to win the KTM Super Test, the weekend, except for a fine third placed podium by Cristobal Guerrero on Saturday, failed to deliver for the team.
 
Guerrero of Spain rode exceptionally well in Round 1 finishing only half a second behind countryman Ivan Cervantes in the race that was won by Frenchman Antoine Meo. Teammate Johnny Aubert was fastest in the first two tests but then had to retire with technical problems. 
 
Aubert: "I had a 13 second lead and all was going well for me then my bike stopped at the time check. My mechanics immediately changed the battery, but there was nothing for it and I had to abandon." 
 
The team's uncharacteristic string of bad luck ran over into Sunday when both riders were forced to retire from Round 2. The team now has to regroup and prepare for the next two rounds in Portugal. 
 
E2 Round 1 Ponts Spain 
1, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna 
2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas Gas 
3, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM 
4, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg 
5, Simone Albergoni, Italy, Husqvarna 
DNF Johnny Aubert, France, KTM 
 
E2 Round 2 Ponts Spain 
1, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna 
2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas Gas 
3, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg 
4, Simone Albergoni, Italy, Husqvarna 
5, Hans Vogels, Netherlands, Husaberg 
DNF Johnny Aubert, France, KTM 
DNF, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM 
 
Standings after Rounds 1 &2 
1, Meo, 50 
2, Cervantes, 44 
3, Renet, 38 
4, Albergoni, 34 
5, Basset, 28 
10, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM, 20 
 
 
Johnny Aubert preparing to start in Ponts
 
Day one podium for Cristobal Guerrero

Difficult weekend for KTMs E3 riders in Ponts Spain
The first two rounds of the World Enduro Championship in Ponts, Spain on Saturday and Sunday were fraught with difficulties for KTM Enduro Factory Team.
 
Saturday was a huge blow for the team's reigning E3 World Champion David Knight of Britain who was forced to abandon at the end of the second lap.  "I twisted my leg badly in the Enduro Test when I went through a rut and I think I have a pelvic dislocation," David told his team when he abandoned, obviously in extreme pain. He was unable to start on Sunday and factory team boss Fabio Farioli reported on Sunday that it is possible that he may need surgery. This comes as a huge blow for the Isle of Man rider and multi world champion who is a passionate competitor. 
 
The weekend was only marginally better for the team's second E3 rider, Taddy Blazusiak, the KTM Extreme Enduro specialist who this year is to ride selected E3 World Championship rounds. Taddy, who is also the Indoor World Champion finished in a creditable fifth in Round 1 on Saturday also crashed and had to abandon on Sunday with an injured forefinger. Fabio Farioli said he may also not be able to ride in the next two rounds in Portugal. 
 
E3 Round 1 Ponts Spain 
1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda 
2, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas Gas 
3, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna 
4, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg 
5, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTMDNF David Knight, Britain, KTM 
 
E3 Round 2 Ponts Spain 
1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda 
2, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas Gas 
3, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg 
4, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna 
5, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg 
DNF Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM (retired after third test) 
DNS David Knight, Britain, KTM (injured from Saturday) 
 
Standings after Rounds 1 & 2 
1, Ahola, 50 
2, Nambotin, 44 
3, Guillaume, 38 
4, Tarkkala, 33 
5, Mena, 33 
12, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, 16 
 
 
David Knight before his painful injury
 
Taddy Blazusiak on day one

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