Enduro Sweden: Injury hurts Iván Cervantes’ hopes

EWC Sweden was a living hell for Cervantes and Matt Phillips is the new leader in the E3 class.

Iván Cervantes Enduro Sweden 2014
A hard race for Iván Cervantes© Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Last May Iván Cervantes had surgery on an injury to his right ankle. The operation went well but the intense pain he has suffered since is taking a big toll in the Spaniard's performance in the Enduro World Championship.

The KTM rider could barely fight in the previous round in Finland but in Sweden he was weakened to the point of not being able to walk through the special stage inspection. The extremely hard Swedish terrain, with roots, stones and sand was unbearable for Cervantes' ankle and the was unable to finish in the top 10 in Enduro3. On the second day, holding back tears from the pain, he was unable to race at all.

With Cervantes out, the door was left open for his team-mate Matt Phillips to win on Saturday and assume control of the E3 championship standings, depsite a crash that injured his wrist. Mathias Bellino topped the class on Sunday however, winning seven out of 16 special stages.

In E1, Chistophe Nambotin won the first day, but at the end Eero Remes got the better of him. The Finnish rider achieved his third win of the season although 'Nambo' still has a healthy lead in the provisional championship standings.

There were no surprises in the E2 category, where Pela Renet was the clear victor even after having two crashes. Jonathan Barragán had a spill and later was forced to abandon the race due to problems with his ankle and right hand.

Matthew Phillips Enduro Sweden 2014
Matthew Phillips, new leader of the Enduro 3 class© Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Experience

After Ostersund (2008) and Karlsborg (2012), the World Enduro Championship has returned to Sweden. Just like in the Finnish race, the promoter has chosen a very experienced Motorcycle Club, which has been responsible for seven world enduro races to date (1974, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, and 2008).

Giovanni Sala, the architect

Talking about experience, we cannot forget six-time world champion, Giovanni Sala. The Italian, now working as an course inspector for the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), designed a tough 58km route. The riders had to complete four laps of this course each day, with two controls on each lap

French domination

Despite the possibility of rain, the GP of Sweden was a real success. At least 5,000 spectators gathered near the Scania trucks factory to witness French domination in the Super Test. Johnny Aubert (Beta), Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) and Christophe Nambotin (KTM) were fastest in their categories.

KTM Factory Team Enduro Sweden 2014
Regards from the KTM team: Meo still in hospital© Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Enduro Sweden 2014 Results

Day 1

E1

1. Christophe Nambotin – KTM – 2h01’35”58

2. Eero Remes – TM – +1’36”38

3. Jeremy Tarroux – Sherco – +3’09”31

4. Cristóbal Guerrero – KTM – +3’50”26

5. Rudy Moroni – KTM – +3’53”54

E2

1. Pela Renet – Husqvarna – +1h59’49”15

2. Johnny Aubert – Beta – +1’48”88

3. Alex Salvini – Honda – +2’45”59

4. Lorenzo Santolino – Sherco – +5’09”62

5. Roni Nikander – KTM – +6’02”46

E3

1. Matthew Phillips – KTM – 2h03’18”12

2. Mathias Bellino – Husqvarna – +12”48

3. Jeremy Joly – KTM – +41”60

4. Luis Correia – Beta – +52”96

5. Joakim Ljunggren – Husqvarna – +1’41”30

EJ

1. Giacomo Redondi – Beta – 2h03’07”10

2. Daniel McCanney – Beta – +25”17

3. Jamie McCanney – Husqvarna – +33”23

4. Loic Larrieu – Husqvarna – +1’52”41

5. Lars Lofgren – KTM – +3’52”11

EW

1. Laia Sanz – Honda – 1h35’56”87

2. Jane Daniels – Husqvarna – +1’36”64

3. Jessica Gardiner – Sherco – +2’10”11

4. Emelie Karlsson – Yamaha – +3’01”37

5. Samantha Tichet – KTM – +3’07”23

Day 2

E1

1. Eero Remes – TM – 2h05’04”66

2. Christophe Nambotin – KTM – +59”34

3. Cristóbal Guerrero – KTM – +2’51”01

4. Jeremy Tarroux – Sherco – +3’55”30

5. Thomas Oldrati – Husqvarna – +3’57”24

E2

1. Pela Renet – Husqvarna – 2h03’15”92

2. Johnny Aubert – Beta – +35”62

3. Alex Salvini – Honda – +1’23”84

4. Lorenzo Santolino – Sherco – +5’11”54

5. Roni Nikander – KTM – +6’07”37

E3

1. Mathias Bellino – Husqvarna – 2h05’40”48

2. Matti Seistola – Sherco – +27”52

3. Matthew Phillips – KTM – +1’23”63

4. Luis Correia – Beta – +1’35”89

5. Jeremy Joly – KTM – +2’27”90

EJ

1. Daniel McCanney – Beta – 2h05’57”31

2. Giacomo Redondi – Beta – +15”91

3. Loic Larrieu – Husqvarna – +1’46”83

4. Jamie McCanney – Husqvarna – +3’26”53

5. Lars Lofgren – KTM – +3’31”04

EW

1. Jane Daniels – Husqvarna – 1h39’27”94

2. Laia Sanz – Honda – +1’17”35

3. Jessica Gardiner – Sherco – +1’48”07

4. Emelie Karlsson – Yamaha –  +5’20”01

5. Geraldine Fournel – Sherco – +5’43”06

Enduro World Championship 2014

E1

1. Nambotin, 191 points

2. Remes, 154 pts.

3. Guerrero, 146 pts.

4. Boissiere, 121 pts.

5. Tarroux, 119 pts.

E2

1. Renet, 186 points

2. Aubert, 152 pts.

3. Salvini, 128 pts.

4. Meo, 114 pts.

5. Santolino, 110 pts.

E3

1. Phillips, 174 points

2. Cervantes, 155 pts.

3. Bellino, 148 pts.

4. Seistola, 127 pts.

5. Correia, 118 pts.

EJ

1. D. McCanney, 189 points

2. Redondi, 167 pts.

3. Larrieu, 154 pts.

4. McCanney, 96 pts.

5. Mori, 74 pts.

EW

1. Sanz, 117 points

2. Daniels, 105 pts.

3. Gardiner, 84 pts.

4. Tichet, 64 pts.

5. Fournel, 53 pts.