The KTM Enduro Factory Team in 2013 welcomes the return of one of its most popular and successful riders – Ivan Cervantes of Spain.
The Spaniard rode with KTM from 2002 to 2010 before having a brief foray with another team, has a string of World Championship and Spanish national titles to his name. He returns to the Orange Factory Team to contest the E2 class alongside Johnny Aubert of France as this is the only class in Enduro World Championship where he has not won the title. Cervantes will ride the KTM 350 EXC-F in the 2013 season.
Factory team boss Fabio Farioli said the return of Cervantes was a very welcome move. “Ivan was born into the sport with KTM. He enjoyed a great deal of success while riding with us over a very long period. It was natural that he wanted to experience a change and race with a Spanish team but we were looking for a top rider for next season and we think he can win again. He has the capacity and with the KTM 350 EXC-F we will give him the power to do so.”
Farioli also confirmed that Cristobal Guerrero, who races in E2 last season will join KTM’s World Champion Antoine Meo in E1 in 2013 while Christophe Nambotin, the title holder, will contest the E3 class. “We will also have several KTM-supported riders in E3,” Farioli said.
Facts & figures about Ivan Cervantes
– born on the 2nd of May 1982 in Montero (E)
– lives in Cambrils/Tarragona (E)
– began his career as a Motocross rider in which he won five Spanish national titles before moving to Enduro
– has raced on KTM from 2002 to 2010
Results while racing with KTM Enduro Factory Team
2002 finished twelfth in Enduro 500cc class
2003 Vice World Champion Enduro 500cc class
2004 finished third in E3
2005 E1 World Champion
2006 E1 World Champion
2007 E3 World Champion
2008 E1 Vice World Champion
2009 E3 World Champion
2010 E2 Vice World Champion