Metzeler riders Christophe Nambotin and Antoine Meo each earned their third consecutive victories in the Enduro World Championship, in E3 and E1, respectively.
It was a brutally hot day, and frenchman Christophe Nambotin was off to an early lead in Enduro 3—it was no surprise, after his victory in Chile. He took first place in the Friday night Super Test, and raced hard all day Saturday, eventually finishing with a 70-second lead over his teammate and Metzeler rider David Knight of England.
Says Nambotin of Saturday’s competition:
“It was difficult in the hot conditions but I was able to find a strong pace early on which helped me to open up a healthy lead. Aside from a small crash in the Extreme Test it’s been another perfect race for me and to be fastest in the overall classification is an added bonus. Hopefully I can repeat these results again tomorrow.”
In Enduro 2, favorite Juha Salminen retired with a stone jammed between the chain and front sprocket of his KTM and kept his rear wheel from turning, and Ivan Cervantes was able to take the victory.
Antoine Meo had a terrifically strong start in E3. He was fastest in all but the day’s final Enduro Test.
A thrilled Meo said the following:
“This has been another incredible day for me,” confirmed the KTM rider. “I pushed as hard as I could during the morning to try an open up an advantage as I knew it would be difficult once the special tests became rougher. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to push for the overall win as Nambotin was too fast today but I’m so happy to win again.”
The second day of Argentina was even hotter than the first, and again Meo and Nambotin took top honors in E1 and E3. This time, Salminen finished and took victory in E2. Salminen fought with Spaniard Cristobal Guerrero and Ivan Cervantes throughout the day, but was able to defend his lead.
“This is a perfect way to end this GP. Of course it was disappointing not to finish yesterday but sometimes these problems happen in racing and it can’t be helped. It’s great to win today after a tough fight with Ivan.”
Christophe Nambotin remains undefeated this year after his victory in E3. After the second Cross Test he took the lead, and held it for the rest of the day. His teammate David Knight again finished second in E3.
Antoine Meo was able to build a 58 second margin over Metzeler rider Simone Albergoni, and got his fourth EWC win of the year.
As always, they were riding on Metzeler’s grippy 6 Days Extreme enduro racing tire.