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MOTOREX Racing Report 2013 EN

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ENDURO The enduro scene A raft of titles and victories for KTM and Husaberg From Spain to Greece, Argentina, Romania and Finland, KTM was everywhere during the 2013 Enduro World Championship and was successful on every type of terrain. In particular, enduro world champions Antoine Meo and Christophe Nambotin showed their pedigree on the way to their titles. Both Frenchmen from the KTM factory team got their world championship crowns early. Meo won the E1 championship ahead of living enduro legend Juha Salminen, while Nambotin made a big splash in the E3 class. Nambotin was missing at the top season highlight, but still the French riders were the benchmark: Meo led the French team to victory in the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, with another KTM factory rider on the six-man team in the person of Johnny Aubert. KTM scored triumphs in other categories at the ISDE as well, with Aubert, Meo and Ivan Cervantes taking first place in the manufacturers’ table and Meo winning the E3 competition. Graham Jarvis on a Husaberg was this year’s dominant figure in the extreme enduro scene. The Briton won most of the major extreme enduro events, including a first win in the legendary Erzbergrodeo in Austria following several years of busts, bad luck and breakdowns. Jarvis’s only defeat took place at the Red Bull Sea to Sky in Turkey, where up-and-coming KTM rider Jonny Walker took the prize. 10

ENDURO E1: Serial victories for Antoine Meo Antoine Meo can look back on a strong season. The Frenchman was the strongest rider across all classes in the enduro world championship, winning 12 out of 14 daily classifications. His performance secured the 29-year-old his third championship title and his second in the E1 class. Up until the title was in the bag, the champion depended on his KTM 250 EXC-F 2013. For fun, he entered the finale in France on a 125cc twostroke KTM — and still grabbed another daily win. Photo:© KTM Images / J. Edmunds Meo again switched bikes at the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, where he briefly substituted for the injured Christophe Nambotin in the E3 class. But Meo won the E3 competition and the title with Team France! E3:The defending champion Christophe Nambotin KTM enduro factory rider Christophe Nambotin successfully defended his title in the E3 world championship. The Frenchman won no fewer than 11 out of 14 daily races in 2013, holding Estonia’s Aigar Leok in second place. Nambotin relied on a two-stroke KTM 300 EXC motorcycle to accomplish his series of wins. Photo:© KTM Images / J. Edmunds Unfortunately the E3 champion missed the crowning point of his season, suffering an injury just before the International Six Days Enduro that left him to cheer the French team to victory in Sardinia as a spectator. MIX » Taddy Blazusiak of the Red Bull KTM OffRoad Racing Team takes the top spot in the Super Enduro Class World Championship and second in the US in the AMA EnduroCross Series. » Jamie McCanney’s win on his Husaberg makes him Enduro Youth Class World Champion. » Pierre Alexandre Renet is runner-up in the Enduro2 class. » Sweden’s Joakim Ljunggren takes 3rd place finish on his Husaberg in the Enduro3 class. 11

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