Antoine Meo created quite a stir on his Dakar debut in 2016. He came to the world’s toughest motor race with an impressive enduro record and immediately slotted in among the leaders of the sport, taking two stage wins. A crash on stage 12 brought his hopes of a podium result to an end and he had to settle for 7th place. But the worst was yet to come. A hand injury kept Antoine Meo away from competition for a year and a half. And now he is back…This extraordinary rider won all there was to win in enduro after a stellar career in super-cross and motocross. The outgoing Antoine Meo has become a fan favourite thanks to his friendly nature and hardnose riding style. But hiding behind his relaxed allure is a real sense of perfectionism. After winning the 2002 European Super-cross title, he moved onto the World Championship, before starring in enduro, where he only needed two years to score his first World Championship in 2010. Four more followed as well as some team gold medals and national titles. He was soon spotted by KTM, who recruited him in 2012. With his enduro days now behind him, 33 year-old Antoine Meo is now focused on rally-raid and in particular the Dakar, on which he hopes to participate one day in a car…
“I took some pretty bad hits on my first Dakar, with this injury that kept me away from competition for a year and a half. I am finally healed, but not totally physically fit, but the Rally of Morocco gave me confidence and the new bike works really well. I am sure that the 2018 Dakar will be selective and demanding in week one. I will have to avoid mistakes, wait patiently for the rest day and decide what to do for the rest of the rally!”
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Antoine Meo has been in great form during the second week of the Dakar and has again ridden an excellent stage which he has finished in third place, just 2’44’’ behind Toby Price. The Frenchman’s fine performance has especially allowed him to gain a place in the general standings, taking fourth from Gerard Farrés....
As has often been the case in the rally’s second week, Antoine Meo is on the attack! The official KTM rider has produced the best time after 46 km of the special, 46 seconds ahead of his team-mate Toby Price and 1’08’’ in front of Kevin Benavides.
Antoine Meo faded near the end, but his time was still good enough for third in today's stage, 6'31" behind teammate Toby Price. Ricky Brabec (+7'34") was fourth, while overall leader Matthias Walkner rode conservatively and came in 11'01" behind the winner.
Antoine Meo is one of the bikers who messed up their navigation big time yesterday and can therefore throw caution to the wind this morning. The Frenchman posted the second-fastest time at km 47, only 18 seconds behind teammate Toby Price.
The KTM rider took his second stage in the 2018 Dakar and sits sixth in the general classification, 9'56" behind Van Beveren.
"I went flat-out from the start. I wanted to gain six or seven minutes on the leaders, and I'm happy with what I did today because I pushed to the limit. I stopped for two minutes to help Quintanilla, whose chain had come off. I fell at km 400,...
Antoine Meo capped an impressive performance with a last-minute surge to overtake Ricky Brabec and win the special. The Frenchman beat the American by 1′08″ to claim his second stage in three days, with Toby Price in third place at 2′45″.
Antoine Meo's terrific start has placed him first at CP1. The Frenchman is going on the attack, with 1'11" over Toby Price and 1'15" over Ricky Brabec. Joan Barreda, who is opening the road and riding with a wounded knee, is limiting the damage to 3'05", while overall leader Adrien Van Beveren is already struggling at 4'38".
After winning the stage before the rest day, Antoine Meo struggled to open the road yesterday. The Frenchman started today's stage behind the favourites and looks set to do something nice. The official KTM rider clocked the best time at 50 km, ten seconds ahead of teammate Toby Price. Meanwhile, Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait...
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