In the first round of the 2012 Enduro World Championship—held in Talca, Chile, Metzeler riders took two class wins thanks to Antoine Meo who was unbeatable in E1 and to Christophe Nambotin, who won both days in E3.
Antoine Meo was sick all week but was able to secure first place on each day. Just before the second round in Argentina, the Frenchman had 40 points, eight ahead of his closest competitor, Honda / Metzeler rider Rodrig. In Enduro 1, Rodrig Thain was able to grab a 2nd and 3rd place this weekend, while Simone Albergoni finished 2nd place on the podium on the second day. It was a perfect weekend for the Metzeler riders—who rode on Metzeler terrifically capable Six Days Extreme enduro tire.
Metzeler riders also took honors in Enduro 3. Christophe Nambotin, on his Six Days Extreme-equipped KTM took wins both day. Like Meo in E1, Nambotin has 40 points and is 8 points ahead of his closest opponent, Aigar Leok. Metzeler tires also wound up on the 2nd step of the podium thanks to David Knight and his performance on Day 2.
The Chilean weekend has delivered four wins for Metzeler (two with Meo and two with Nambotin), three second places (Knight, Albergoni, Thain) and a third place (Thain).
For his EWC debut, Metzeler rider Manuel Monni, ex-Crossman, made a good first impression with two 8th places, while HM Honda rider Karl Svensson was able to grab a 5th place in Day 1. Kevin Benavides made a brilliant start on his continent with a 4th place in Day 1 and a 5th place in Day 2.
During the opening GP of the 2012 EWC, the Metzeler Six Days Extreme has made an impressive debut, with four riders in the top three spots in E1 and E3. For sure, the Grand Prix of Chile was a great one for Metzeler riders and they hope to repeat their success next weekend in San Juan, Argentina.
E1 Class: Antoine MEO (KTM, Metzeler), Rodrig THAIN (HM Honda, Metzeler),
Marc BOURGEOIS (Yamaha);
E2 Class: Juha SALMINEN (Husqvarna), Ivan CERVANTES (Gas Gas), Oscar BALLETTI (Beta);
E3 Class: Christophe NAMBOTIN (KTM, Metzeler), Aigar LEOK (TM), Oriol MENA (Husaberg).
EJ Class: Mathias BELLINO (Husaberg), Dany MCCANNEY (Gas Gas), Alexandre QUEYREYRE (Yamaha).
EY Class: Benjamin HERRERA (TM), Giacomo REDONDI (KTM), Stefano CAIMI (Yamaha).
E1 Class: Antoine MEO (KTM, Metzeler), Simone ALBERGONI (HM Honda, Metzeler), Rodrig THAIN (HM Honda, Metzeler);
E2 Class: Pierre-Alexandre RENET (Husaberg), Ivan CERVANTES (Gas Gas), Alex SALVINI (Husqvarna);
E3 Class: Christophe NAMBOTIN (KTM, Metzeler), David KNIGHT (KTM, Metzeler), Aigar LEOK (TM).
EJ Class: Mathias BELLINO (Husaberg), Victor GUERRERO (KTM), Dany MCCANNEY (Gas Gas).
EY Class: Giacomo REDONDI (KTM), Benjamin HERRERA (TM), Santiago ISAZA (KTM).
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