KTM's Cervantes scores 2-1 result in opening rounds of E2 World Championship

2010-04-12 09:56
Ivan Cervantes, 2009 World E3 Champion, launched his bid for the E2 title in Southern Spain this weekend going out hard on Sunday to win his race and improve on his second place from Saturday's Round One.

Returning to Valverde del Camino, 90 kilometres from Seville, where he has raced in the Spanish National Championship on three other occasions, Cervantes had both his fans and family out to support him in what was two tough days of racing through a range of terrain that included eucalyptus and pine forest, steep rocky up- and down hill challenges and plenty of rocks and gravel.

Cervantes went into the second day confident after finishing second in round one. "I started with a good fight with Mika Ahola and Rodrig Thain and Juha Salminen, then I had a little problem in the middle of the race with the clutch but it was an easy solution because it was just the lever. Then I made a big mistake in the extreme test and I lost more than 20 seconds. But tomorrow is a new race and a new mentality," he said after Round One.

It was a good omen for the accomplished KTM Enduro Factory Team rider who, clearly elated after the day's challenges, described his second day as "incredible". "I was very slow after the second special test and I lost about 20 seconds but then I pushed really hard and I managed to take the victory. Today was great for me. I had all my family here to support me and now I am very motivated for the next races in Portugal next weekend," he said.

Thomas Oldrati was a little disappointed after the opening round but still attracted some compliments from factory team boss Fabio Fairoli. "He lost a lot of time in the big Enduro test and he crashed in the last extreme… but it was not so bad. At the beginning of the day he was pushing quite hard and he was in also in front," Fairoli said. The young Italian put in a solid second day on the 55 km laps to repeat his fifth place result on both days.

The standings after the first two rounds indicate that this class of the championship will be hard fought.

Results Round One Saturday
1. Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
2. Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM
3. Juha Salminen, Finland, BMW
4. Rodrig Thain, France, TM
5. Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM

Results Round Two Sunday
1. Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM
2. Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda
3. Rodrig Thain, France, TM
4. Juha Salminen, Finland, BMW
5. Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM

Standings after Rounds 1 & 2
1. Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM, 47 points
2. Mika Ahola, Finland, Honda, 47
3. Rodrig Thain, France TM, 38
4. Juha Salminen, Finland, 38
5. Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM, 32

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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