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INJURIES AND ILLNESS MAKE IT A DIFFICULT WEEKEND FOR KTM ENDURO FACTORY SQUAD

KTM Enduro Factory riders travelled to Serres in Northern Greece this weekend to contest Round Four of the 2015 WEC Enduro Championship, but some minor injuries and illness concerns meant the team had to be content with minor podium places.

Usually at the forefront of the E1 class, KTM Factory rider Christophe Nambotin was hampered by an injured knee, sustained in the last round in Portugal. Factory Team boss Fabio Farioli said Nambotin was ‘suffering a lot of pain’ and had difficulties putting pressure on his injured leg. Despite this, the French rider and defending champion put up a strong fight on Saturday to share second place with French compatriot Marc Bourgeois, and was again second on Sunday. On both days it was rival Eero Remes who won the competition and while Nambotin stays on top of the table, there is now a gap of four points separating him and Remes.

Similarly Nambotin’s teammate Antoine Meo picked up second place in the fiercely contested E2 on both days but was unable to get the better of his perpetual rival, Pele Renet. “Meo was very fast, particularly on Sunday,” Farioli said. “But he crashed twice in the second Enduro test and lost about 30 seconds. He fought back very strongly and finally only conceded to Renet by just 2.36 seconds.” As the competition closes up, Meo now leads Renet by 13 points.

It was also a mixed bag for Farioli’s Factory riders in the big bike E3 class. Last week, veteran Ivan Cervantes had surgery to repair damage to cruciate ligaments in his knee and will be out for several months while he recovers. Farioli reported that the surgery was successful and Cervantes is in good spirits.

This left E3 title defender Matthew Phillips of Australia the sole KTM factory contender in the class this weekend, one that was also not very lucky for him. The current E3 champion encountered some technical difficulties in Friday’s KTM Super Special and had to start on Saturday with a time penalty that put him back at ninth place at the start of the day. He fought back hard to pick up a podium third but then came down with stomach problems overnight that left him feeling week and debilitated on Sunday. Despite this, he again did what he could and managed to keep in the running with another podium third on Sunday. Phillips currently trails E3 point leader Mathias Bellino by 22.

The KTM Enduro Factory Team leave Greece determined to regroup and prepare to go on the attack when the completion resumes in Rovetta, Italy on June 20-21.

KTM Results Service Sunday, June 7, 2015

Enduro World Championship, Round 4, Stage 2 at Serres, Greece

E1 Results
1, Eero Remes, FIN, TM, (1 – 1)
2, Christophe Nambotin, FRA, KTM, (2 – 2)
3, Daniel McCanney, GBR, Husqvarna, (7 – 3)
4, Lorenzo Santolino, ESP, Sherco, (4 – 4)
5, Cristobal, Guerrero, ESP, Yamaha, (8 – 5)
Other KTM
11, Edward Hubner, GER, KTM, (11 – 11)

E1 Standings after Round 4, Stage 2
1, Nambotin, 148
2, Remes, 144
3, D. McCanney, 103
4, Santolino, 95
5, Bourgeois, 90
Other KTM
10, Hubner, 41

E2 Results
1, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, FRA, Husqvarna, (1 – 1)
2, Antoine Meo, FRA, KTM, (2 – 2)
3, Alex Salvini, ITA, Honda, (3 – 3)
4, Loic Larrieu, FRA, Sherco, (4 – 4)
5, Jaume Betriu, ESP, Husqvarna, (5 – 5)
Other KTM
6, Nicolo Mori, ITA, KTM, (8 – 6)
9, Victor Guerrero, ESP, KTM, (6 – 9)
10, Rannar Uusna, EST, KTM, (11 – 10)

E2 Standings after Round 4, Stage 2
1, Meo, 151
2, Renet, 138
3, Salvini, 127
4, Larrieu, 87
5, Betriu, 85
Other KTM
6, V. Guerrero, 68
10, Mori, 57
12, Uusna, 28

E3 Results
1, Mathias Bellino, FRA, Husqvarna, (1 – 1)
2, Aigar Leok, EST, TM, (2 – 2)
3, Matthew Phillips, AUS, KTM, (3 – 3)
4, Thomas Oldrati, ITA, Husqvarna, (5 – 4)
5, Luis Correia, POR, Beta, (4 – 5)
Other KTM
6, Jeremy Joly, FRA, KTM, (7 – 6)

E3 Standings after Round 4, Stage 2
1, Bellino, 143
2, Phillips, 121
3, Matti Seistola, FIN, Sherco, 117
4, Leok, 107
5, Oldrati, 84
Other KTM
8, Joly, 59
12, Ivan Cervantes, ESP, KTM, 26
14, Oscar Balletti, ITA, KTM, 11

EJ Results
1, Jamie McCanney, GBR, Husqvarna, (2 – 1)
2, Steve Holcombe, GBR, Beta, (1 – 2)
3, Giacomo Redondi, ITA, Beta, (3 – 3)
4, Alessandro Battig, ITA, Honda, (4 – 4)
5, Diego Ventura, POR, Gas Gas, (17 – 5)
Other KTM
7, Adam Tomiczek, POL, KTM, (8 – 7)
8, Mika Barnes, FRA, KTM, (12 – 8)
11, Kirian Mirabet, ESP, KTM, (6 – 11)
13, Matteo Bresolin, ITA, KTM, (9 – 13)

EJ Standings after Round 4, Stage 2
1, J. McCanney, 146
2, Redondi, 125
3, Battig, 104
4, Holcombe, 104
5, Ventura, 82
Other KTM
7, Mirabet, 69
8, Bresolin, 53
11, Tomiczek, 30
12, Barnes, 25

Youth Cup
1, Mikael Persson, SWE, Yamaha, (1 – 1)
2, Jack Edmonson, GBR, KTM, (5 – 2)
3, Mirko Spandre, ITA, KTM, (2 – 3)

Youth Cup Standings after Round 4, Stage 2
1, Josep Garcia, ESP, Husqvarna, 117
2, Persson, 111
3, Edmonson, 71

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