KTM Enduro Factory rider David Knight, the recently crowned British Champion had a good weekend Rounds 11 and 12 of the E3 World Championship in Serres Greece, finishing on top of the podium on Sunday after coming in a close second on Saturday.
David, who has already re-signed with the KTM Enduro Factory Team and who is working with the company’s R & D department on the development of the new Enduro model had to concede to Christophe Nambotin on Saturday by the smallest of margin of 5.11 seconds
Knight got his revenge on Sunday as riders a second day on the Enduro circuit in high summer temperatures and put in a fast ride for first place. His teammate Simone Albergoni was not so lucky. The Italian crashed on Saturday and crushed his finger, which was bruised, swollen and very painful, hampering his efforts on both days. He still managed creditable 8-6 result. KTM rider Markus Kehr of Germany is also gaining in form and rode to a 7-4 result in Serres.
David Knight has an impressive 53-point lead over second placed Nambotin and is well placed to take the title. His only possible challengers are either Nambotin or his own teammate Albergoni who are currently separated by a single point.
Enduro World Championship Rounds 11 & 12, Serres, Greece E3 Day 1 Results
1, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas Gas 2, David Knight, Britain, KTM
3, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna 4, Aaron Bernardez, Spain, KTM
5, Bartosz Oblucki, Poland, Husqvarna Other KTM
7, Marcus Kehr, Germany, KTM
8, Simone Albergoni, Italy, KTM
E3 Day 2 Results 1, David Knight, Britain, KTM
2, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna
3, Bartosz Oblucki, Poland, Husqvarna
4, Marcus Kehr, Germany, KTM
5, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg 6, Simone Albergoni, Italy, KTM
E3 Standings after Rounds 11 & 12 1, David Knight, Britain, KTM 281
2, Christophe Nambotin, France, Gas Gas, 229 3, Simone Albergoni, Italy, KTM, 228
4, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna, 218 5, Marcus Kehr, Germany, KTM, 183
David Knight in top form in Greece
Comfortable lead in E3 standings for David Knight
Albergoni rides well even with a crushed finger
Mix-up at a checkpoint spoils Cervantes chances of a double E2 victory in Greece.
KTM Enduro E2 factory rider Ivan Cervantes, well at home on the hard and dry track at Serres in Greece started the weekend with Spanish flair when he topped the podium on Saturday but a mix up at a checkpoint on Sunday cost his a three minute penalty to put a damper on an otherwise good weekend.
Cervantes was a natural in the hot and dry conditions similar to his home country and he made no mistake about his intentions on Saturday. Fast and aggressive, he came in ahead of Mika Ahola by a narrow margin while KTM rider Pierre-Alexandre Renet was third, trailing the two front runners by about one minute. But when the odds were on another top result for Ivan on Sunday there was a misunderstanding about the time he was to go through the checkpoint. He rode in too early and as a result picked up a 3 minute penalty and had to be content on Day Two with eighth place. Renet was again third on Sunday to give KTM another podium.
Cervantes’ factory teammate Thomas Oldrati struggled to find his rhythm over the weekend and finished with an 8-14 result. Cervantes must now work hard to overcome the 30-point deficit between him and his nemesis Mika Ahola as riders go into the final four rounds of the season, two in Turkey and the final two in France.
Enduro World Championship Rounds 11 & 12, Serres, Greece E2 Day 1 Results 1, Ivan Cervantes, Spain , KTM
2, Mika Ahola , Finland , Honda 3, Pierre Alexandre Renet, KTM
4, Juha Salminen , Finland , BMW
5, Rodrig Thain , France , TM
8, Thomas Oldrati, Italy , KTM
E2 Day 2 Results
1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
2, Juha Salminen, Finland, BMW 3, Pierre Alexandre Renet, France, KTM
4, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
5, Oscar Balletti, Italy, Honda 8, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM 14, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM
E2 Standings after Rounds 11 & 12
1, Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda, 288 2, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM, 258 3, Pierre Alexandre Renet, France, KTM 209 4, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM, 207
5, Joakim Lunggren, Sweden, Husaberg, 174
Orange well represented on Saturday in Serres
Rare chance for Cervantes to cool off in the hot summer temps
Oldrati struggles to find rhythm on the Greek circuit