Aubert triumphs over rough terrain to take E1 victory in Andalusia

2010-04-12 09:56
KTM Enduro Factory Team E1 rider Johnny Aubert brushed off the disappointment of only a second place finish on Saturday to be on top of his game in Round Two of the World Championship on Sunday.

The two openers in this season's competition provided ample challenges for the skills and fitness of the riders who competed three 55 km laps each day including five gruelling tests per lap on the course at Valverde del Camino in the hart of Spanish Andalusia.

Aubert, who last year was the runaway E2 World Champion, winning every race he entered until he missed the final three rounds through injury as a little dejected after only coming home in second place on Saturday, which the Frenchman described as "very difficult". "I made a big mistake on the extreme and I lost a lot of time….... so tomorrow I need to win." This remark proved prophetical and Aubert was as good as his word.

Like many of the riders on the opening day KTM's Eero Remes also had trouble with the big uphill section where he crashed after trying a different line and lost a lot of time. But he said he felt confident and motivated going into day two of this the opening event. However Round Two also proved tough going for 24-year-old Finn who was forced to retire after the seventh test. Remes, who finished fourth in the standings in 2009, was disappointed with the outcome of the weekend. But he will be doing his best to put in a great two days of racing next weekend in Rounds 3 and 4 in Portugal.

Round One Saturday
1. Antoine Meo, France Husqvarna
2. Johnny Aubert, France KTM
3. Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, Yamaha
4. Nicolas Deparrois, France, Kawasaki
5. Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna
6. Eero Remes, Finland, KTM

Round two Sunday
1. Johnny Aubert, France, KTM
2. Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna
3. Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, Yamaha
4. Nicholas Deparrois, France, Kawasaki
5. Julien Gauthier, France, Honda
Other KTM
Eero Remes, Finland, KTM DNF (retired after seventh test)

Standings after Rounds 1 &2
Johnny Aubert, France, KTM 22-25—47
2. Antoine Meo, France, KTM 25-22—47
3. Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, 20-20—40
4. Nicholas Deparrois, France 18-18—36

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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