WEC Enduro World Championship, Final Round

From KTM Newsletter

NAMBOTIN WRAPS UP HIS E1 SEASON AS VICE-WORLD CHAMPION

KTM Enduro factory rider Christophe Nambotin went into the final round of the E1 WEC World Enduro Championship at Requista, France on Sunday with a 10-point deficit on championship leader Eero Remes. It was always going to be a big ask for the French rider who has recently returned to racing after surgery to mend a knee injury, and he had to settle for second overall.

With most of the factory team’s work wrapped up on Saturday with Antoine Meo sealing the E2 world title and Laia Sanz winning her fourth title and her first for KTM in the women’s class, the focus was on the E1 competition.

Nambotin went on to finish twice in the class on both days and said even after Saturday’s race that he was lacking a bit of physical strength. He was also disappointed with the outcome of Sunday’s race.

Christophe Nambotin“Today is a day I want to forget. When the goal is to try and win a world title, of course it’s disappointing not to do that. But we tried our best. I have to congratulate Eero on a great season. He was fast and consistent all year. With only a little time back on a bike following my knee surgery I didn’t have a great feeling this weekend. But I gave as much as I could.”

In E3 Australian Matthew Phillips also close out his season with an overall second in the class after Mathias Bellino was declared the winner on Saturday.Ivan Cervantes, the second E3 rider missed much of the season through injury.

KTM can therefore draw a line under what has been quite a solid season for the company’s factory riders with two world titles and two vice world titles. For team manager Fabio Farioli however it was a season that did not live up to the pre-season expectations.

Fabio Farioli:  “This is the first season we have won titles with the KTM 350 EXC, the bike chosen by both of our world champions, Antoine Meo an Laia Sanz, and that is of course positive. Overall we were expecting more from our riders in 2015 and it was a big setback to have Nambotin out of action with his knee injury. We also missed the services of Cervantes in E3, also through injuries. It was however a plus to have our woman racer Laia join the team and take the women’s world title. We did not achieve everything we had hoped for this season, but that’s racing.” 

 

 

E1 Results 
(Note: Individual results from Saturday and Sunday in parenthesis)

1. Eero Remes (FIN), TM, (1 - 1)
2. Christophe Nambotin (FRA), KTM, (2 - 2)
3. Anthony Boissiere (FRA), Sherco (3 – 3)
4. Lorenzo Santolino (ESP), Sherco, (4 - 4)
5. Daniel McCanney (GBR), Husqvarna, (5 - 5)
Other KTM
9. Daniel Sanders (AUS), KTM, (DNF - 9)
10. Edward Hubner (GER), KTM, (10 - 8) 

E1 Final Standings
1. Remes, 261
2. Nambotin, 248 (Vice World Champion)
3. McCanney, 179
4. Santolino, 179
5. Marc Bourgeois, (FRA), Yamaha 134 

E2 Results
1. Alex Salvini (ITA), Honda, (2 - 1)
2. Jeremy Tarroux (FRA), Sherco (3 – 2)
3. Jaume Betriu (ESP), Husqvarna, (7 - 3)
4. Oriol Mena (ESP), Beta, (4 – 4)
5. Nicolo Mori (ITA), KTM, (DNF – 5)
Other KTM
8. Tom Sagar (GBR), KTM, (8 - 8)
10. Rannar Uusna (EST), KTM, (DNF – 10)
Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, (1 -DNS) Note: Meo left the venue after taking the title on Saturday to go to the Morocco Rally)

E2 Final Standings
1. Meo, 245 (World Champion in penultimate round)
2. Salvini, 231
3. Pierre-Alexandre Renet (FRA), Husqvarna, 175
4. Betriu, 161
5. Loic Larrieu (FRA), Sherco, 149

 

E3 Results
1. Mathias Bellino (FRA), Husqvarna, (2 - 1)
2. Matti Seistola (FIN), Sherco, (3 - 2)
3. Jonathan Barragan (ESP), Gas Gas, (8 - 3)
4. Luis Correia (POR), Beta, (5 - 4)
5. Thomas Oldrati (ITA), Husqvarna, (7 - 5)
Other KTM
7. Antoine Basset (FRA), KTM, (6 - 7)
8. Matthew Phillips (AUS), KTM, (1 - 8)


E3 Final Standings
1. Bellino, 254
2. Phillips, 221 (Vice World Champion)
3. Seistola, 195
4. Aigar Leok (EST), TM, 169
5. Correia, 145

 

EW Results
1. Jane Daniels (GBR), Husqvarna, (2 - 1)
2. Jessica Gardiner (AUS), Sherco, (2 – 2)
3. Jemma Wilson (AUS), Yamaha, (3 - 3)
4. Juliette Berrez (FRA), Yamaha, (4 – 4)
5. Valerie Roche (FRA), Beta, (6 – 5)
Other KTM
Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, (1 – DNS) Note: Sanz left the venue after taking the title on Saturday to go to the Morocco Rally)


EW Final Standings
1. Sanz, 140 points (World Champion after penultimate round)

2. Daniels 123
3. Gardiner 98
4. Wilson 95
5. Roche 70 

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