ISDE-Day-2-KTM-Racing-10-3-13KTM’s Antoine Meo delivered another impressive day at the Sardegna ISDE 2013 on Tuesday to keep Team France on the top of the Leader Board in the World Trophy. The KTM factory rider looked much more settled on the KTM 300 EXC in the E3 class instead of racing his usual E1, in which he is 2013 World Champion.

KTM Factory team boss Fabio Farioli said Meo had made a giant leap from Day One to today’s competition after contesting the opening day with only a short time to familiarize himself with the bike. “Antoine was much more confident today,” Fairoli said. “He was riding a different style altogether.”

Team France now have a four minutes 32 advantage over second placed Australia and USA, with KTM riders Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli and Charlie Mullins are now third. France went into the competition as title holders and they are already looking like they are on their way to another trophy

France continued its charge towards total domination of the Red Bull ISDE in Saxony Germany on the fourth day on Thursday and is now leading the World Trophy, the World Junior Trophy and the women’s World Trophy going into the penultimate day in Saxony, Germany.

Three top KTM factory riders and Christophe Nambotin, the E3 World Champion, Antoine Meo, the E2 World Champion and leading E2 rider Johnny Aubert are anchoring the French World Trophy Team and they are currently the fastest three individual riders. Meo has been the leader in past days but he relinquished the advantage to Nambotin today and now trails him by just 7 seconds.

Australia is second in the World Trophy but now have a deficit of 32 minutes on the leader. Lead rider Toby Price, KTM’s Australian Offroad Champion slipped to ninth overall but is riding with a bent wheel and cracked ribs. Another one of their riders, Glenn Kearney was riding with a badly gashed leg, an injury he suffered on Day Three. Italy, Finland – with KTM factory rider Eero Remes (E1), currently fifth fastest overall and Spain are in places 3-5. The USA World Trophy Team, also heavy with KTM USA factory riders slipped to seventh place and KTM USA reported that KTM rider Charlie Mullins was riding with an injured shoulder. Mullins obviously put in a massive effort throughout the day and finished fastest in the final test.