Cervantes Wins Round Four of E1 World Championship

KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Ivan Cervantes put in a great performance in Round Four of the E1 World Championship in Vale de Cambra, Portugal for his first victory of the season.

Cervantes who won the E3 title in 2007 was third in Saturday’s race, fought on and off torrential rain and mud to triumph in the second race at the venue on Sunday.  “I really had to push hard but I managed to do that, and it worked for me,” Ivan said. “The weather was changing all the time and in the morning the rain was incredible. It was very hard and muddy in the special tests and there was often only one line.”

Tom Sagar, the young Briton who came up from the junior ranks last season to join the KTM Factory Team was a very creditable fifth in what was a tough weekend’s racing where the riders covered a complex 60 km circuit three times.

With his victory on Sunday, Cervantes fulfilled the wishes of team boss Fabio Farioli who said after Saturday that he expected the Spanish rider to “push hard” on Sunday.  Riders now go to Spain for the two rounds in what will be familiar territory for Cervantes. “It’s a good atmosphere and there will be a lot of fans at the races,” he said.

Results Round Three
1. Ivan Cervantes, Spain, KTM
2. Simone Albergoni, Italy, Yamaha
3. Mika Ahola, Finland, Hondo
4. Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
5. Tom Sagar, Britain, KTM