In Enduro 1 Meo once again continued to lead the way on day one. Winning eight of the ten special tests, the KTM rider clinched a commanding 52-second victory over his nearest rival. On day two, Meo was forced to work hard to recover from a costly crash during the first cross test of the morning. Picking up his pace as the muddy conditions deteriorated he recorded his six win of the season. On day one Eero Remes put in a strong ride to secure third. However, after leading the race during the opening lap on day two he suffered a technical problem with his bike and was forced to retire.
KTM's David Knight placed 2-3 in Spain ©Enduro21.com
In Enduro 2, Spain’s Cristobal Guerrero placed an impressive third on day one before improving to finish second on day two. Fighting hard on day one, Guerrero finished 32 seconds behind his teammate and Enduro 2 runner-up Johnny Aubert. On day two, Guerrero improved greatly and engaged in a daylong battle with eventual winner Pela Renet. Finishing less than 10 seconds short of victory, Guerrero continues produced impressive results this season. Unable to match the pace of the leaders, Aubert placed fourth on day two.
France’s Christophe Nambotin continues to be the rider to beat in Enduro 3. Finding the slippery and damp grassy conditions very much to his liking the current Enduro 3 class leader recorded two runaway victories in Spain. Fastest on the long and challenging enduro test Nambotin was able to place 95 seconds clear of his competitors on day one before improving his winning margin to two minutes on day two. Unable to match the blistering pace set by his teammate, Manxman David Knight had to be content with second on day. Struggling to find a comfortable rhythm on the rutty and slippery course, Knight ended day two in third.
In the Enduro Junior division KTM’s Jonathan Manzi of Italy and Victor Guerrero finished 2-3 on day one and 2-6 respectively on day two while Italy’s Giacomo Redondi secured two wins in the Enduro Youth Cup.
All Hands On Deck: Nambotin changes his tyres ©Enduro21.com
Antoine Meo – Enduro 1: “I found it difficult on day one. It was quite muddy early on and I struggled to find grip in some of the grassy corners but once the conditions dried I was able to up my pace and secure my fifth victory of the season. On day two I crashed in the cross test and it set me back. I had to work hard to overcome that and thankfully was able to win again”
Christophe Nambotin – Enduro 3: “This has been a fantastic weekend’s racing for me. I felt very comfortable on the bike and was able to push to my maximum in the enduro test, which allowed me to open up a good lead early each day. I’m so happy to have won both days and hope I can continue winning next weekend.”
David Knight – Enduro 3: “It was a hard weekend for me. Conditions couldn’t have been more different to what they were in Chile and Argentina, and it was really tough on the bigger bike. Riding a big four-stroke in slippery, muddy conditions is always hard and this weekend I just couldn’t push any harder. Again I felt like I was riding well, taking good lines and being light on the bike, but there was no way I could get close to Christophe. He rode really well. The first day was tough for all E3 class riders as we were first onto all the tests. It was on the motocross test that I was losing time on. I rode well on the extreme tests, and the enduro test was really challenging. Day two was pretty much like day one.”