Ahead of the Enduro World Championship GP of Romania, the Frenchman looks back on his career so far.
As a three-time enduro world champion, Frenchman Antoine Meo is unquestionably one of the leading riders in the Enduro World Championship. Fast, dynamic and supremely confident on a motorcycle, it makes perfect sense to learn that Meo has been riding bikes since he was four years old.
Growing up on a small farm in the south of France, Meo had acres and acres of ground on which to hone his skills and perfect his race craft. But despite riding bikes from such an early age, it took Antoine several years before he competitively lined up on a start gate. Sampling race action for the first time at the tender age of five scared the life out of the now KTM factory star. He didn't return for several years.
At the age of 17, Meo realised his childhood dream of becoming a professional rider
Swiftly working his way through the French schoolboy motocross ranks, it didn’t take long before he made it onto the world scene. Securing a factory contract with the legendary Jan de Groot-run Kawasaki Motocross Team at the age of 17, Meo realised his childhood dream of becoming a professional rider.
Five years later he changed paths completely. No longer enjoying the World Motocross Championship circuit, he made the bold move of switching to the Enduro World Championship with Husqvarna. He’s never looked back since.
Following podium results in his rookie 2008 season, Meo finally picked up his first career win after a titanic battle with the late Mika Ahola during the GP of Mexico in 2009. That monumental victory set the ball rolling for Meo, and the following year he secured the first of his three world titles.
Meo looks set to cement his position as one of the most dominant riders of his era
Now with the KTM Factory Enduro Team, Meo is currently on his way to title number four. As the season heads to Romania for round five, he holds a 34-point lead over his nearest rivals in the Enduro 1 category and looks set to cement his position as one of the most dominant riders of his era.
For the boy who was once afraid of racing, Antoine Meo has come a long, long way.