KTM opens its account with E3 victories in first two championship rounds

2010-04-12 16:55
KTM factory and supported riders made a blistering start in the first two rounds of the Maxxis FIM Enduro World Championship this weekend when the tour returned to Andalusia in Southern Spain after an eight year pause with David Knight scoring double victories on his KTM.

Knight, no stranger to the top of the podium is a KTM-supported rider for the KTM Fairoli Team and celebrated his return to the World Championship riding Orange to first place on both Saturday and Sunday in Valverde del Camino, some 90 kilometres from Seville.

Meanwhile Simone Albergoni of the KTM Enduro Factory Team and this season new to the E3 class also had a solid start to the 2010 racing season with two third place podiums.

Riders had to cover three 55 km laps on Saturday and Sunday with five tests per lap that proved to be a solid test of the riders' fitness. One long rocky uphill with 10 m of off camber cliff in the extreme test proved a challenge for many of the riders.

Manxman Knight admitted to being a little nervous in the first round but said he started to relax after the first lap. "Then in the extreme test, that hill, either you were going - you didn't get up it. I just tried to be sensible. I'm happy because I wasn't really pushing hard until the last lap and I still made a good time."

At the conclusion of the second day he said he enjoying being back on the KTM. "The bike went well this weekend and today I just had to be careful and use my head. I went to have a closer look at the big hill before the race. Yesterday one guy crashed in front of me and I stopped the engine but today I got up with no problems. It was a long weekend but I felt good at the end and I'm looking forward to Portugal next weekend. I always like to race there."

Speaking after the opening round, Albergoni said: "Yes, it's not so bad. First time on the podium on the 300 two-stroke. I made a lot of mistakes and I crashed twice but it looks good for tomorrow - and for Portugal." It was a confidence booster that he was able to follow his success with another minor place on Sunday.


Round One Saturday
1. David Knight, Britain, KTM
2. Christoph Nambotin, France Gas Gas
3. Simone ALBERGONI, Italy, KTM
4. Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg
5. Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna
Other KTM
8. Marcus Kehr, Germany KTM

Round Two Sunday
1. David Knight, Britain, KTM
2. Christoph Nambotin, France Gas Gas
3. Simone ALBERGONI, Italy, KTM
4. Bartosz Oblucki, Poland Husqvarna
5. Alessandro Botturi, italy, Husaberg
Other KTM
7. Marcus Kehr, Germany KTM

Standings
David Knight, Britain, KTM 25-25--50
2. Christoph Nambotin, France, Gas Gas 22-22—44
3. Simone Albergoni, Italy, KTM 20-20—40

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

Click here to visit our forums to discuss this story

Headlines