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Difficult race for Ivan while Lulu and 'Nambo' repeated podiums

11/04/2011
Puy already has four wins in Womens and Nambotin maintains his regularity in E3. The hard ground and the lack of traction was the worst enemy of Cervantes.
The Polisport GP of Portugal, the second round of the 2011 Enduro World Championship disputed this weekend, was somewhat less favorable to the interests of Gas Gas that a few days earlier in Spain, although Christophe Nambotin and Lulu Puy were again protagonists at E3 and EWomen, respectively.

Ivan Cervantes had trouble getting good registers on the hard and dry ground of Vale da Cambra, with a few tests less techniques than at the Spanish round but more favorable to the 4-stroke engines. Given the need for traction, fought to the limit both in the Cross as in the Enduro Test, but lost so much time and it was impossible to recover in the Extreme, where was clearly competitive. So, Ivan had to settle for two fifthplace that will provide for third in the provisional classification after Antoine Meo E2 and 'Pela' Renet awaiting more favorable races.

'Nambo' also accused the ground conditions, but managed to sign two third places. The smallest differences between the 2T and 4T bikes in E3 allowed Christophe to fight for victory against David Knight and Mika Ahola to the last special on Saturday, while Sunday remained in this good line and confirmed his second place in the provisional classification behind Ahola. Jordi Figueras was eighth on Saturday and nineth on Sunday.

Finally, Lulu still commanding the girls and got two big wins against Laia Sanz and Blandine Dufrene. With these results Puy is on the brink of revalidate his World champion title when there are only two days of the French Grand Prix to account in the final classification of Enduro Women. In the Youth Cup 125 cc, Josep Rallo was sixth on Saturday and five on Sunday.

The World Championship will return to the activity on 14 and 15 May in Francavilla di Sicilia, scene of the Italian Grand Prix.

Christophe Nambotin

"The race was very different from last week and has proved more difficult to stay ahead. However, adding two third places in these conditions is very positive and I'm happy. We have seen that we are not far from Ahola or Knight and we can't say it was a bad weekend considering that we left with 40 points and reinforcing the second place overall. We need to continue working this way because if we are regular, the victory will come, sure".

Iván Cervantes

"This has been a very difficult weekend, because in no time I found good feeling in this ground. It was essential to have good traction and the specials were less techniques that in Ponts, so that we couldn't exploit our strengths. Without going any further, the Cross Test ground was so hard and it seemed a packed track with gravel on top and it was crazy to want to go fast with a 250 2T. Still, I'm happy, the championship has just started and we must go slowly and scoring points".

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