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Bright debut for Cervantes, Nambotin and Puy at the EWC

04/04/2011
Ivan's big debut with two second places in E2 and at the Scratch. Christophe adds two seconds in E3 and Ludivine a double victory in females.
The opening of the Enduro World Championship 2011 had a marked GasGas colour after Ivan Cervantes, Christophe Nambotin and Ludivine Puy to become important players in the podium of the Grand Prix AMV of Spain in their respective categories during the two days of competition.

The inaugural event in Ponts (Lleida) saw a plethoric Ivan, fighting at all times among the best in both E2 and in the unofficial absolute ranking. The good feelings proved Saturday by the Gas Gas rider, which allowed him to beat Cristobal Guerrero and be who came closest to the winner, Antoine Meo, will be confirmed on Sunday with an even better conduction, which led him to contest the french's victory until the final test.

The great start of Cervantes in the intermediate category was completed with a superb performance by Christophe Nambotin at E3. The Frenchman also signed a double second place in the larger class, becoming the most regular and who pushed harder the double winner in its class, Mika Ahola.

If Ivan and Christophe closed with high note the World Championship's debut, even better is the balance of Ludivine Puy. The World Champion at the Women's category signed a clear double final victory ahead Laia Sanz and the French rider also Gas Gas Blandine Dufrene.

The next weekend Portugal will host the second grand prix of the season at Vale da Cambra.

Ivan Cervantes

"I'm very happy. Open the championship with this results is very positive and allows us to prove we are competitive with all those who doubted us. It was a great race at all levels, very hard and complete, in which we have given everything and we have gone from less to more, so I think there's still room for improvement to be even higher. After a weekend like this, all I can do is keep working and to thank the whole team effort and all who have supported me".

Christophe Nambotin

"It's been a great weekend for the team and confirms that we are working well. In my case, I'm very pleased that Ahola drove very strong all weekend, but I've been there and on Sunday was faster than him in some specials. We have a good show and I could push him, so you have to keep working and improving. It's true that some favorites have had problems, but don't think there was a special advantage for us".