World E1 Champion Antoine Meo made a solid start to the Sardegna ISDE 2013 on Monday after settling in to ride in the E3 class in place of injured KTM factory teammate Christophe Nambotin. The Six Days classic is being held on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Meo was riding with Johnny Aubert, Pela Renet and Jeremy Joly on Day One for the title-holding French team, which led USA and Australia in the World Trophy by more than a minute at the end of competition. Italy, Spain and Britain were ranked in that order.
With Meo easing himself in the E3 class riding Nambotin’s KTM 300 EXC, the day’s top individual rider in the World Trophy was Australian Daniel Milner. KTM Factory Team boss Fabio Farioli confirmed Meo only had a chance to test the bike the day before competition started. He said he expected him to be faster as the week continues. Although new to the bike, Meo still topped E3 and was third fastest overall on Day One, trailing Milner by just six seconds. Meo also won tests four and five (of six tests) on the opening day. French teammate Johnny Aubert of the KTM Factory team was third in the E2 class and fourth overall at the end of day one. KTM’s Spanish factory riders Cristobal Guerrero was second fastest E1 rider and Ivan Cervantes finished fourth in E2.
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