If nothing else the GP of Chile will be remembered for one thing – surprising results, especially on day one. But as well as the unexpected a handful of riders delivered the results many said they would. Antoine Meo was the rider expected to do well in the Enduro 1 class and in claiming a double victory he certainly didn’t disappoint his new bosses at KTM.
Judging by the formbook it seems Meo has a habit of starting as he means to carry on. In both of his 2010 and 2011 championship winning seasons the Frenchman arrived at the opening round of the EWC series ready. Hitting the ground running, Meo racked up winning results at the season opening GPs before marching on to secure two convincing world championship titles. Viewed at the time as the rider of lesser merit when compared to some of his then pre-season rivals, Antoine’s victories were seen as surprising results.
Now with the demands of a new team and bike weighing on his shoulders, along with the added pressure of expectation, Meo has once again delivered race-winning results.
For a rider that was severely under the weather leading into this weekend’s GP of Chile, the Frenchman dug deep and with great determination not only won both days of competition but also did it in dominant fashion. Combining his winning margins from the two days of competition, Meo finished almost two minutes clear of all other E1 class riders.
Simply put, Meo was untouchable at the GP of Chile. If he continues to deliver bar raising performances like he did this weekend few will bet against him adding another world title to his growing list of accolades.