Heading the front of the Enduro 1 standings, KTM Enduro Factory rider, Antoine Meo is the rider everybody will have to chase. Securing a maximum of four wins from four starts in South America, the Frenchman has already built up a commanding 25-point advantage over his nearest rival. Meo’s speed and tenacity in both Chile and Argentina has been incredible and with conditions in Spain expected to be more akin to the Frenchman’s backyard, it’s hard to doubt that this French freight train will slow down any time soon.
With Meo managing a comfortable points cushion, it’s behind him that battle really lies. Seven points are all that separates second place rider HM Honda’s Simone Albergoni and fifth place Eero Remes (KTM).
With three visits to the podium in South America, Albergoni currently places next best to Meo and is one of the revelations of the season so far. Firmly putting two tough year’s behind him, the Italian is happily settled under the Honda awning and riding at his absolute best.
With his French teammate Rodrig Thain just two points behind him in third, it’s been a positive start for Franco Mayr’s riders. However, after a strong start in Chile Thain put in a disappointing ride, by his standards, for fifth and sixth in Argentina. Knowing he can deliver a better performance, Thain will be keen to step it up it Spain.
Sitting fourth in the championship, Yamaha’s Marc Bourgeois was another surprise result at rounds one and two. Claiming podium results on day on in both Chile and Argentina, it’s day two that has not been so kind to the Frenchman. Hindered by sixth and seventh place results, the Frenchman should be higher up the leader board. However, if he can maintain his pace throughout the weekend then Bourgeois will be one to watch out for in Spain.
Completing the top five is KTM Enduro Factory rider Eero Remes. Already 32 points adrift of his teammate Meo, Remes didn’t have the promising start to his season that many expected the ISDE winner to have. Ending day two in Argentina with third place, Remes now hopes to have his bad luck behind him.
Of those hoping to turn their fortunes around in Spain is Husqvarna’s Matti Seistola. Regarded as a championship contender, the Finnish rider has not had the best of starts to his season. Now eighth in the point’s table, Seistola will also be focused on putting his bad luck behind as the series returns to Europe.
Championship Standings (after two rounds)
1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 80pts;
2. Simone Albergoni (HM Honda) 55;
3. Rodrig Thain (HM Honda) 53;
4. Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) 51;
5. Eero Remes (KTM) 48;
6. Lorenzo Santolino (Husqvarna) 38;
7. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 36;
8. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 35;
9. Jeremy Joly (Yamaha) 34;
10. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 28…