After a difficult season that was plagued by both injury and technical issues, the Frenchman, who still ended his year fifth overall in the Enduro 2 category following a double win at the championship finale in France, will remain with KTM, and in enduro, for at least another year. Johnny won’t contest the 2013 Dakar Rally.
Following numerous months of speculation regarding where the Frenchman’s future lay, Aubert was pleased to confirm at the final round of the EWC in Brignoles, France that he would continue his association with KTM in 2013.
“It’s great to have signed a new contract with KTM for 2013 and I will contest both the Enduro World Championship and the French Enduro Championship,” confirmed Aubert. “The last two seasons have been incredibly difficult for me due to injury and some mechanical problems. However, I’m still very motivated for what I want to achieve in enduro, and next year I hope to push that bad luck aside and claim my third world title.”
Aubert is after EWC title #3 with KTM in 2013... © Edmunds / Enduro21.com
Commenting on the resigning of Aubert, KTM Enduro Factory Team Manager Fabio Farioli said... “It was important for Jonny to stay with KTM and for us it was important to keep him. During the last couple of year’s we have bonded together like a family so it is right for him to stay. We believe that he has the motivation to return to the top and with the right team and bike here at KTM, we know he can do that.”
In what’s expected to be a five-rider line-up under the KTM Enduro Factory Team awning, Antoine Meo, Christophe Nambotin, Cristobal Guerrero and expected new signing Ivan Cervantes will join Aubert in 2013. No word has been given yet with respect what class each rider will compete in although it is unlikely that Nambotin will compete anywhere other than in Enduro 2 aboard a 300cc two-stroke.