World Enduro Slovakia Results

June 22, 2009
Courtesy of Honda and KTM Racing
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E1

Mika Ahola was at his brilliant best this weekend at the Slovakian GP, round five of the world enduro championship (WEC). Two wins from two rides sees the HM Honda Zanardo rider extend his championship lead still further.

In difficult conditions, his wins were far from easy, on Saturday he crashed in the extreme test, dropping to fifth fastest through the test, but this was balanced by two fastest times and five more top-three times, so as to build a 25-second buffer over his nearest rival, Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) — who only narrowly beat KTM‘s Simone Albergoni to the runner-up (by .08-seconds).

In today’s race Ahola made his task all the more difficult when a mistake in the third test saw him drop 15-seconds on rival Meo. A further mistake in the fourth saw him drop another 10-seconds! Meo must have thought he had the win. Not so, over the final four tests Ahola fought back, digging deep to record three fastest times and a second-fastest to pip Meo for the win by a mere three-seconds.

Mika Ahola: “This has been a really strong competition; I’m very satisfied with these two vcitories. I thanks the team for their wonderful work.”

Meanwhile, Ahola’s team-mate in E1, Julien Gauthier, had an excellent weekend too, recording 5-5 results to maintain his position in the championship. Fabio Mossini had a weekend to forget, an unintentional deviation from the course saw him excluded from day one, while a crash (and knee injury) saw him dnf day two. Technical problems forced Erwin Plekkenpol out of both days in the E2 class.

The next round of the WEC championship is the Mexican GP on July 18-19.

E1 Podium - World Enduro Championship - Slovakia
E1 Slovakia Podium (left to right): Husqvarna’s Antoine Meo, Honda’s Mika Ahola, and KTM’s Simone Albergoni.

E1 Slovakia Results – Round 5 – Race 1
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 42:50.83
2. Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) +25.58
3. Simone Albergoni (KTM) +25.66
4. Fabien Planet (KTM) +45.99
5. Julien Gauthier (Honda) +1:12.00
6. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) +4:39.44
7. Felipe Zanol (Yamaha) +11:42.22
8. Eero Remes (KTM) +12:52.29
9. Maurizio Gerini (KTM) +19:36.12
10. Jacub Horak (KTM) +46:10.47

E1 Slovakia Results – Round 5 – Race 2
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 28:28.57
2. Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) +3.09
3. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) +21.15
4. Simone Albergoni (KTM) +21.29
5. Julien Gauthier (Honda) +2:14.09
6. Eero Remes (KTM) +2:38.58
7. Felipe Zanol (Yamaha) +2:59.31
8. Jordan Curvalle (Sherco) +4:00.49
9. Maurizio Gerini (KTM) +4:35.52
10. Jacub Horak (KTM) +6:27.27

E1 Championship Standings
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) – 247
2. Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) – 208
3. Simone Albergoni (KTM) – 203
4. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) – 173
5. Eero Remes (KTM) – 153


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E2

Johnny Aubert of the KTM Enduro Factory Team conquered difficult conditions in Rounds 9 & 10 of the E2 Enduro World Championships to take two victories and further extend his commanding lead in the season’s standings.

Aubert has won every race so far this season and with a 62 point lead in the championships, looks untouchable for the title.

Johnny Aubert - E2 World Enduro Championship - Slovakia.
Johnny Aubert sailed to another double victory to preserve his perfect scorecard in E2

The race weekend at Puchov, Slovakia delivered a tough opening day on Saturday with the competitors’ toughest opponent being the torrential rain that turned the 65 km track into a cold and slippery obstacle course for round nine of the current World Championship.

But conditions failed to foil this year’s outstanding front runner in E2. Aubert was challenged by Bartosz Oblucki who led the race throughout the day on a terrain similar to his own country, neighboring Poland, but Aubert slipped past him in final stages. “Johnny very fast today but Oblucki was leading right up until the last special when he caught him and went on to win the race. It was a day that suited the French riders,” KTM’s team boss Fabio Farioli said. “Today the extreme test was almost impossible and there were many crashes right throughout the day.” he commented after Saturday’s battle with the elements came to a conclusion.

The rain stopped before Sunday’s race and organizers made modifications to the tests after conditions on Saturday made it practically impossible to ride. With an easier day ahead of his Aubert went out an put in another race that Farioli described as “perfect”.

Italian Alessandro Belometti returned to the track after injuring his hand last weekend in Finland and finished in a good eighth place and was thirteenth on Sunday.

E2 Podium - World Enduro Championship - Slovakia
E2 Slovakia podium (left to right): Husqvarna’s Bartosz Oblunki, KTM’s Johnny Aubert, and BMW’s Juha Salminen. 

E2 Slovakia Results – Race 1
1. Johnny Aubert (KTM)
2. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna)
3. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg)
4. Juha Salminen (BMW)
5. Simo Kirssi (BMW)

E2 Slovakia Results – Race 2
1. Johnny Aubert (KTM)
2. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna)
3. Juha Salminen (BMW)
4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg)
5. Rodrig Thain (TM)

E2 Championship Standings
1. Jonny Aubert – 250
2. Bartosz Oblucki – 188
3. Juha Salminen – 181
4. Joakim Ljunggren – 177
5. Rodrig Thain – 142

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