Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis claimed an impressive victory at round two of the World Enduro Super Series – the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria. In what was a dramatic, action-packed and unpredictable race with Jarvis putting on a late race charge to take the win by just 41 seconds over second place.
I can’t believe it,” Jarvis said. “I am so happy to take the win. I started off pretty steady and as the dust was so bad it was a little dangerous to push on too much. After a few difficult hills I started to get into more of a rhythm and I was feeling good as I came into Carl’s Dinner. As I started to catch the guys in front I knew that I had a chance to take the win. Green Hell was tough, I would have liked to have ridden a little further up as I had to push quite a lot. I just hung on, despite cramping up in my arms. To cross the finish line first feels amazing.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker claimed the runner up spot at Erzberg after pushing hard during the final 15 minutes of the race, a mere 41 seconds behind winner Graham Jarvis.
“That was a tough race but I am happy to finish second and take the lead in the WESS standings,” Walker said. “I didn’t get the best of starts and lost a bit of time in the dust. Taddy made a mistake and I got out in front, but then Manni and Billy passed me on a hill when I messed up a little. Their speed was way too quick and I knew I had to pace myself. Carl’s Dinner was tiring, but I kept things steady and tried to minimise any mistakes. I managed to clear Green Hell ok and came out of there in second. The rest of the race from then on was less tricky and I pushed on as hard as I could but couldn’t quite catch Graham before the finish. I’m happy with second and it’s good for the championship but it would have been nice to take the win.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler took the early lead, but a small mistake on one of the steep climbs ultimately cost the young German some time. But by taking third, Manni claimed his first ever Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble podium.
“I gave that everything I had,” Lettenbichler said. “I wanted to win so badly but just lost out towards the end. I had a really great ride until Green Hell. Billy and myself were pushing the pace a lot and we had built up a gap on the others. I wasn’t my best in Carl’s Dinner and was still in contention. Unfortunately, things went wrong in Green Hell and Graham came past us. But this is my debut podium at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble so it is something to celebrate. Third in Extreme XL Lagares and now third here is a very strong start to WESS, too.”