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Double victory for 'Nambo' in a Ivan's difficult weekend

21/06/2011
Nambotin was untreatable in E3. Mechanical problems pursued Cervantes over the two days, but took to the E2 podium on Sunday.
The Greek towns of Meteora and Kalampaka welcomed this weekend the fifth round of the Enduro World Championship, and apart from the grueling heat and hardness, had an undeniable star: Christophe Nambotin. The Gas Gas rider was untreatable and while adding two big wins at Enduro 3 was also the fastest at all during the two days. Ivan Cervantes was the counterpoint of 'Nambo' which throughout the Grand Prix suffered numerous mechanical problems that led him to abandon on Saturday and just let him be third on Sunday.

'Nambo' came to Greece ready to regain lost ground after his abandon in the second day of Turkey and the strategy came out perfect. From the first moment came to set the pace and nobody could follow him, winning with more than a minute ahead of the second classified in E3, which was Joakim Ljunggren on Saturday and Kurt Caselli on Sunday. Mika Ahola, the overall leader, was third the two days and saw Christophe cut distances.

Worse things were for Ivan, and on Saturday saw than the engine problems led him to abandon and lose their second place overall. On Sunday the situation improved and could be on the podium after Antoine Meo and Cristobal Guerrero, though not without problems. First he had a problem with the rear suspension and then with a retainer of the engine, forcing him to be very conservative.

Cedric Melotte abandoned in E1 with physical problems and Jordi Figueras was 9th in E3 on both days. For his part, Josep Rallo suffered much in Junior and could only finish the first day.

Christophe Nambotin

"Undoubtedly, I'm very happy. It's my first double victory and it is a way to get me the bad taste of abandoning in Turkey. Everything went great this weekend, the bike worked perfectly and I have found it very comfortable so I have to congratulate everyone. Seeing how things are and that my opponents can also fail, my goal now is to win all the races as possible and see what happens with the other riders. There is nothing decided and much remains the end of the season".

Ivan Cervantes

"It was a shame not being able to take better advantage of the abandonment of Renet or Aubert, but it was a tough race for everyone and we have not spared from suffering. The truth is I didn't expect this abandonment and I'm not sure what is what has happened, but from the beginning the bike failed a lot. Fortunately we could save Sunday and we still have options to fight. To make matters worse, I have sore one knee, but I think it not will be nothing seriously".

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