Enduro

Salminen and Cervantes take E1 and E3 World Championship titles

Author: Garry Morrow

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Juha Salminen and Ivan Cervantes of the KTM Enduro Factory Team has wrapped up the 2007 E1 and E3 World Enduro Championships respectively at the French Grand Prix over the weekend. Salminen, who is still nursing a shoulder injury, took it steady, riding for a place and the world championship title. He has been the exemplary rider in E1 this season, his first year back in European competition after several seasons competing in the USA. With just one race to go to conclude the 2007 season, Salminen has won 12 races and was unable to compete in the double in Slovakia, the previous venue, because of the injury. He can now enjoy Sunday's race, riding without pressure and to entertain the large crown of spectators at the French circuit. "Today was excellent conditions, the sun was shining and I think it was the best race of the season," said a clearly delighted Fabio Farioli, team boss of the KTM Enduro Factory Team. Cervantes coasted home in second place on Saturday in the first of two races in the E3 Grand Prix of France to scoop up 22 points and secure the World Championship title with one race still in hand. Knowing how much was at stake Cervantes rode a cautious and slightly nervous race, precautions that paid off for him handsomely. Regardless of Sunday's result, Cervantes has had a blessed season, riding with skill and near perfection over all types of terrain, in all kinds of weather and in a whole range of different countries. He has been on the podium in the 15 races held so far of the 16-race season. By piloting his KTM 525 EXC to the top of the ranks he has fulfilled his pre-season goal of wanting to win the E3 world championship title in 2007. "I think it was the best race of the season," said KTM team boss Fabio Farioli. "Now the pressure is off and we just have to go out and ride well tomorrow to have a nice race for the huge crowd of spectators. Main Photo: Salminen & Cervantes Number 1
Credit: Jonty Edmunds

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