KTM added yet another World titles to the company’s impressive records when on Sunday French Enduro Factory rider Antoine Meo wrapped up the E1 World title – the team’s second in two days. Christophe Nambotin of France on Saturday sealed the E3 World title in Round 13 of the Enduro World Championship in Finland.
Antoine Meo’s victory on Sunday on his KTM 250 EXC-F came on the heals of teammate and fellow Frenchman Christophe Nambotin securing the E3 World title after Saturday’s Round 13 riding a KTM 300 EXC machine. There are only two rounds left in the season and these two riders will receive a huge ovation competing in front of their home crowd at the finale in France. The two riders have dominated their respective classes in the current season in what is their first year in the Orange factory team and Pit Beirer, KTM’s Head of Motorsports paid tribute to them both.
Pit Beirer: “Antoine and Christophe have been the stand out riders throughout the season. They are great ambassadors for Enduro and for France and they are great role models for our younger riders like Giacomo Redondi, our supported rider and winner of the 2012 Youth Cup. They have also embraced KTM’s ‘Ready to Race’ culture and they have done it with skill and sportsmanship that is a credit to them both. My thanks also to the entire team, to our team manager Fabio Farioli, and all those back at Mattighofen who have worked so hard to make these two titles possible.”
Meo went into Sunday’s round knowing that he only had to finish in the top five to take the title and rather predictably was not prepared to take any risks. Despite this he was in the lead from the second to the second last test and just dropped to second after the final Enduro test.
Christophe Nambotin has been the dominant rider in the big bikes throughout the season, his first as part of the KTM Enduro Factory team. He took the title in style on Saturday winning eight of the nine tests to seal his 12 win from 13 rounds so far held and taking second in the remaining round.
In the Youth Cup, the already declared title winner, KTM supported rider Giacomo Redondi of Italy continued to dominate his competition with another win on Sunday.