Enduro World Championship GP of Italy in Francavilla, Sicily

With Mount Etna rumbling in the background and conditions extremely hot and exhausting it was KTM Enduro Factory rider Eero Remes who delivered the best overall result for the team at the Enduro World Championship GP of Italy in Francavilla, Sicily this weekend.

15/05 2011

Two E1 podiums for KTM’s Eero Remes in GP of Italy

Remes was third on Saturday and upped his game to be second on Sunday on a very technical course to collect more championship points towards his title bid. He is currently second behind Juha Salminen in the race for the E1 title after Rounds 5 & 6 this weekend.

But he faced tough opposition from fellow Finn Salminen, who is a well-known and successful exponent of top class Enduro competition. “Remes was very strong on Saturday and he tried to push right from the start on Sunday but this weekend Salminen was even stronger,” factory team boss Fabio Farioli said.

Remes’ E1 teammate Thomas Oldrati of Italy improved significantly on his seventh position from Saturday to just miss being on the podium in fourth place on Sunday. He had some health issues on Saturday, according to Farioli who said he had had trouble focusing on the race. But by the third lap on Saturday his condition had started to improve and he was up with the leaders on the second day of competition. “Oldrati was doing well fighting against Salminen on Sunday but he crashed in the last extreme test and lost 10 seconds, otherwise he would have been a podium contender,” Farioli added.

KTM riders are also excelling in the EJ class, led by KTM Nordic-supported rider Antti Hellsten on Finland who not only won on Saturday but registered times during what was a grueling day of competition that would have placed him in the top three of the E1 class. Even though the hot and exhausting conditions caught up with the young Finn on Sunday he still finished on the podium in third place and continues to lead the standings by a 25-point margin.

Meanwhile Jonathan Manzi, the junior KTM-supported Italian rider was also a strong contestant with a 3-4 result in the EJ competition and two wins in the Youth Cup competition.

Results Rounds 5 & 6
E1 Saturday

1, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
2, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna
3, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
4, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM
5. Fabien Planet, France, Sherco
Other KTM
7, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM

E1 Sunday
1, Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna
2, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
3, Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
4, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM
5, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM

Standings after Rounds 5-6
1, Juha Salminen, Finland, 142 points
2, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM 125
3, Matti Seistola, Finland, 109
4, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, 97
5, Rodrig Thain, France, 89

EJ Saturday
1, Anti Hellsten, Finland, KTM
2, Jeremy Joly, France, Honda
3, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM (also wins Youth Cup)
4, Romain Demontier, France, Yamaha
5, Victor Guerrero, Spain, Yamaha
6, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM

EJ Sunday
1, Benoit Fortunato, France, Yamaha
2, Jeremy Joly, France, Honda
3, Antte Hellsten, Finland, KTM
4, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM

5, Giacomo Redondi, Italy Husqvarna

Standings after Rounds 5 & 6
1, Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM 145

2, Jeremy Joly, France, 120
3, Jonathan Manzi, Italy, KTM, 106
4, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM 92
5, Benoit Fortunato, France, 92

Remes ready to tackle E1 GP of Italy

Oldrati in action on the technical course

Hellsten shines in EJ in Sicily

15/05 2011

Johnny Aubert finishes 1-4 in E2 GP of Italy

Strong performance by Johnny Aubert

Cristobal Guerrero ride to third on Sunday

KTM’s E2 factory rider Johnny Aubert struggled with cramps on Saturday but still managed a victory in the Enduro World championship in Francavilla, Sicily and followed it up with a valiant fourth on Sunday in very tough conditions.

The Frenchman continues to fight his way back into the elite group after a shaky start to the season, especially in the first round. However with only 14 points separating riders at places 1-6 on the standings, Aubert is still well in the running for a top result in the 2012 championship.

The races this weekend on the Italian island were long, technical and difficult and over hard, fast and very stony terrain, so it was no surprise that Aubert, like many of the riders, found his strength sapped on the second day of competition.

His E2 teammate Cristobal Guerrero also had a good showing in southern Italy and upped his game on Sunday to be on the podium in third after finishing fifth on the previous day, where he crashed twice during the competition. Guerrero was also locked in combat with fellow Spaniard Ivan Cervantes on both days.  He joins Aubert in the top group contesting the championship lead.

E2 Saturday
1, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM

2, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna
3, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas
4, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg
5, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM

E2 Sunday
1, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna
2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas
3, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM

5, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg

Standings after Rounds 5-6
1, Antoine Meo, France, 137
2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, 118
3, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, Husaberg, 114
4, Simone Albergoni, Italy, 94
5, Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM, 94
6, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM 94

15/05 2011

Taddy Blazusiak battles it out in E3 GP of Italy

Blazusiak riding E3 in GP of Italy

It was up to Taddy Blazusiak, KTM’s Extreme Enduro specialist from Poland to support the KTM Enduro Factory Team in the E3 class in the GP of Italy in Francavilla, Sicily in the absence of team stalwart and ruling world champion David Knight of Britain and he finished with an 8-7.

Blazusiak, whose technical skills are finely tuned to Extreme competition, which is entirely different to normal Enduro racing, put in a valiant and creditable weekend in conditions that were technically tough and physically exhausting for the competitors. “Knighter”, the multi-world championship Enduro maestro from the Isle of Man, and the E3 stalwart of the KTM Enduro Factory Team has been forced to take a break to undergo surgery for a hip problem. It has taken him out of the competition for several months.

Taddy is racing only selective rounds of the world championship competition and will get his chance to shine when he tackles the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg Rodeo at the end of June. He is a multiple winner of this extreme one-day event on Austria’s Iron Mountain.

E3 Saturday
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas-Gas
2, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
4, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg
5, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna
8, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM

E3 Sunday
1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
2, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas-Gas
3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
4, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg
5, Alex Salvini, Italy, Husqvarna
7. Taddy Blazusiak, Poland KTM

Standings after Rounds 5-6
1, Mika Ahola, Finland 144
2, Christophe Nambotin, France, 131
3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg, 102
4, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg, 96
5, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg, 91
Other KTM
8, David Knight, Britain, KTM (did not race; out with injury)
11, Taddy Blazusiak, Poland, KTM (has not competed in all rounds)

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