Husqvarna CH Racing Monster Energy Team rider Juha Salminen has been crowned Enduro 1 world champion, placing his TE 250 on the top step of the E1 class podium on the first day’s competition at the final round of the ’11 series, the GP of France. In finishing first on day one and a close runner-up on day two, Salminen ends the year with an amazing 10 wins to his credit having officially become the most successful enduro rider of all time having secured a record-breaking eight individual class world championships.
Following teammate Antoine Meo’s crowning as Enduro 2 World Champion for Husqvarna at the penultimate round of the EWC series in Andorra, Salminen’s championship success bring Husqvarna’s participation in the ’11 EWC series to a triumphant close. Starting the year as defending champions in the Enduro 1 class, Husqvarna’s goal of securing both the E1 and E2 titles has seen both Salminen and Meo establish themselves as the dominant riders in their respective classes.
For Salminen victory on day one was the perfect way to secure the Enduro 1 world title. Claiming an eventual 18-second winning margin over countryman Eero Remes, Juha once again proved his superiority in the Enduro 1 class aboard Husqvarna’s TE 250. A little slow to get up to his usual race winning speed on day two, Salminen had to give his all in order to catch early class leader Rodrig Thain. Closing to within five seconds of the Frenchman an uncharacteristic mistake from Salminen on the day’s final special test saw him finish second. Despite having wanted to end the season with a double victory, Salminen’s performances throughout 2011 see him end the year as the world’s greatest enduro rider.
Matti Seistola endured a tough GP of France, crashing heavily during the Friday night Super Test. Ending the first day just one position from the podium, Matti made too many mistakes during the second day to challenge for the top three places. Nevertheless, Seistola delivered a super season aboard his TE 250, showing himself as one of only a handful of riders capable of challenging for podium positions. Completing a superb Enduro 1 campaign for Husqvarna Matti ends the year third in the class points standings.
With the Enduro 2 World Championship title already his, the GP of France was Antoine Meo’s chance to take things a little easy after a near faultless season. Enjoying being able to spend time celebrating with his French fans during the final race of the EWC season, Meo finished just under nine seconds from the top of the podium on day one before claiming his eighth day win of the year by topping the E2 results on day two. As a rider brought into enduro by Husqvarna, in winning his second consecutive championship with the Husqvarna CH Racing Monster Energy Team Antoine’s continued impressive results were the catalyst for a weekend of celebrations within the team.
Ensuring Husqvarna’s celebrations weren’t restricted to just their Enduro 1 and Enduro 2 class successes, Enduro 3 class rider Alex Salvini gave much reason to be happy as he rounded out his first year of full-time EWC participation with a double runner-up result on his TE511. In securing his best results of the season Salvini proved himself as one of the most talented newcomers in the EWC.
Enduro World Championship 2011
Grand Prix of France: Day one
Enduro 1: 1. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 1.21:35.92; 2. Eero Remes (KTM) 1.21:53.88; 3. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 1.21:57.17; 4. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 1.22:18.33; 5. Rodrig Thain (Honda) 1.22:20.03
Enduro 2: 1. Pela Renet (Husaberg) 1.20:20.96; 2. Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) 1.20:29.75; 3. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 1.20:51.02; 4. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 1.21:22.47; 5. Antoine Basset (Yamaha) 1.22:58.44… 8. Simone Albergoni (Husqvarna) 1.24:22.48
Enduro 3: 1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 1.21:06.90; 2. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1.21:26.18; 3. Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) 1.21:45.12; 4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.22:09.82; 5. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 1.22:50.76… 6. Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna) 1.23:00.71
Enduro Junior: 1. Romain Dumontier (Yamaha) 1.22:00.61; 2. Jeremy Joly (Honda) 1.22:05.95; 3. Mathias Bellino (Husaberg) 1.22:06.65; 4. Mario Roman (KTM) 1.23:21.16; 5. Benoit Fortunato (Yamaha) 1.23:22.03… 9. Giacomo Redondi (Husqvarna) 1.25:16.43
Grand Prix of France: Day two
Enduro 1: 1. Rodrig Thain (Honda) 1.20:34.35; 2. Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) 1.20:50.47; 3. Eero Remes (KTM) 1.21:20.91; 4. Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) 1.21:49.21; 5. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 1.22:06.58… 6. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 1.22:19.31
Enduro 2: 1. Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) 1.19:39.51;2. Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) 1.19:47.63; 3. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 1.20:00.09; 4. Hans Vogels (Husaberg) 1.21:59.46; 5. Aigor Leok (TM) 1.22:19.39… 7. Simone Albergoni (Husqvarna) 1.23:35.00
Enduro 3: 1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 1.19:53.50; 2. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1.20:46.86; 3. Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) 1.21:12.61; 4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.21:51.58; 5. Oriol Mena (Husaberg) 1.22:20.83;
Enduro Junior: 1. Romain Dumontier (Yamaha) 1.21:43.15; 2. Benoit Fortunato (Yamaha) 1.22:01.65; 3. Mathias Bellino (Husaberg) 1.22:07.06; 4. Jonathan Manzi (KTM) 1.22:28.57; 5. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1.23:29.26… 8. Giacomo Redondi (Husqvarna) 1.23:44.57
Final results E1: 1. Salminen ( Husqvarna) p.358, 2. Remes (KTM) 307, 3. Seistola (Husqvarna) 290.
Final results E2: 1. Meo (Husqvarna) p. 366, 2. Guerrero (KTM) 310, 3. Cervantes (Gas Gas) 290.
Final Results E3: 1. Ahola (Honda)369, 2. Nombotin (Gas Gas) 312, 3. Ljungren (Husaberg) 298
Final results Manufacturers E1: 1. Husqvarna, 2. KTM, 3. Honda
Final results Manufacturers E2: 1.Husqvarna, 2. KTM, 3. Husaberg
Final results Manufacturers E3: 1. Honda, 2. Gas Gas, 3. Husaberg