After their huge success at the recent International Six Days Enduro in Germany, all three winning squads, World, Junior and Women’s World Trophy teams, will arrive in Brioude to fight it out for National championship honours.
In the E1 class, Antoine Meo (KTM) could become the champion of France on Saturday. For this, he needs to do to stay in contact with his two main rivals, Rodrig Thain (HM-Honda) and Fabien Planet (Sherco) who will also be hoping to end their season in style. Adding in the challenge of recent Peyrat classic winner Kawasaki’s Nicolas Deparrois and the fight for the podium positions will be as tense as ever.
Unlike the E1 class, the battle for supremacy in the Enduro 2 category is a closely fought out affair. Entering Brioude, Husaberg’s Pela Renet leads KTM’s Jeremy Tarroux by a slender six points. Behind them, Julien Gauthier (Kawasaki-Pulsion) will in all likelihood keep his third place, but could, on his land, play spoilsport and influence the final result.
The majority of France's ISDE team will be gunning for national pride in Brioude... © Lynn / Enduro21.com
Like his Enduro 1 teammate Antoine Meo, KTM’s Christophe Nambotin has also a good chance to win his class, Enduro 3 on Saturday. Heading Beta’s Emmanuel Albepart by 29 points, Nambotin has only conceded victory once this season. However, with only 14 points separating both Albepart and Gas Gas’ Sebastien Guillaume the remainder of the podium positions are yet to be decided.
In the Junior class, Husaberg’s Mathias Bellino already enters Brioude assured of the title having clinched it at the penultimate round of the series. Behind him, the battle for the podium will unfortunately be without the presence of Kevin Rohmer. The Yamaha rider fell heavily at the ISDE in Germany and is still hospitalized. In his absence serious podium contenders such as Swan Servajean (Yamaha), Romain Barberger (Yamaha) or Julien Jagu (Yamaha) will be hoping to improve the final championship standings.
The winning ISDE trio of Audrey Rossat (KTM), Blandine Dufrene (Husaberg) and Ludivine Puy (GasGas) occupy the first three places in the women’s category. Puy will line up with a lead of four-point advantage on Blandine Dufrene. It’s not enough to allow any room for failure while Audrey Rossat, who sits nine points Blandine could also upset the results.
Provisional - E1:
1 - Antoine Meo (KTM) - 158 pts
2 - Rodrig Thain (HM-HONDA) - 128 pts
3 - Fabien Planet (SHERCO) - 120 pts
4 - Nicolas Deparrois (KAWASAKI) - 99 pts
5 - Jeremy Joly (YAMAHA) - 58 pts
1 - Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husaberg) - 156 pts
2 - Jeremy Tarroux (KTM) - 150 pts
3 - Julien Gauthier (Kawasaki) - 118 pts
4 - Antoine Basset (EEAT-Yamaha) - 94 pts
5 - Alexander Queyreyre (EEAT-Yamaha) - 71 pts
1 - Christophe Nambotin (KTM) - 166 pts
2 - Emmanuel Albepart (Beta) - 137 pts
3 - Sebastien Guillaume (GasGas) - 124 pts
4 - Benoit Fortunato (GasGas) - 65 pts
5 - Rudy Cotton (GasGas) - 43 pts
1 - Mathias Bellino (Husaberg) - 170 pts
2 - Kevin Rohmer (EEAT-Yamaha) - 117 pts
3 - Swan Servajean (Yamaha) - 80 pts
4 - Roman Barberger (Yamaha) - 65 pts
5 - Julien Jagu (Yamaha) - 63 pts
1 - Ludivine Puy (GasGas) - 141 pts
2 - Blandine Dufrene (Husaberg) - 138 pts
3 - Audrey Rossat (KTM) - 129 pts
4 - Valerie Roche (GasGas) - 69 pts
5 - Ocean Gatignol (KTM) - 67 pts