Off Road

Alfredo Gomez takes control on day two at Red Bull Romaniacs

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Alfredo Gomez. Photo: Future7Media
Alfredo Gomez wins Off Road Day Two at Red Bull Romaniacs to take the provisional lead of round five of the World Enduro Super Series.

The Spaniard put in a strong ride to lead home Off Road Day One winner Graham Jarvis with Germany‰Ûªs Manuel Lettenbichler third.

The second day in the mountains at Red Bull Romaniacs saw competitors face the longest course of the week. The Gold class completed 151 kilometres, covering a mix of difficult rocky climbs in the morning and high-speed grassy trails in the afternoon. With over 100 kilometres of riding before the mid-day service, it would prove a physical and energy-sapping start to the day for all.

While Graham Jarvis led the field away at 6.30am, drama would quickly strike South African Wade Young who followed behind him in second. A technical issue on the first climb saw the 2018 winner return to the start line for hasty repairs, hoping to fix a gear selector issue. Despite losing almost one hour, Young re-joined the race, but he was ultimately forced to retire and call time on his bid to defend his Red Bull Romaniacs crown.
Wade Young‰Ûªs race ended with a mechanical issue - Photo: Future7Media
At the head of the field, Jarvis looked strong through the morning‰Ûªs Gold class sections and maintained his position as first on the road until service. Behind him, Gomez was on a charge and worked his way up to the wheel tracks of Lettenbichler, but was hungry for more.

Finding a second wind as they exited service, the Spaniard went on a charge. Catching and overtaking Jarvis late in the day, Gomez was first past the post to ultimately win the day, but more importantly take control of the race lead.

‰ÛÏI was on the hunt today ‰ÛÒ chasing down the boys in front," Gomez explained. "I had a very good pace and really enjoyed my riding today. After the service it was a little bit scary going so fast on the grass, but all-in-all it was a very good day for me and I hope I can keep this pace up for the next couple of days.‰Û
Manuel Lettenbichler navigates the steep rocky climbs - Photo: Future7Media.
Admitting to not having the pace in the afternoon on the faster going, Jarvis placed second on the day. Keeping a consistently fast pace going, Lettenbichler ended his day in third.

Behind the leading trio, Spaniard Mario Roman rode a lonely race for fourth, while Brit Jonny Walker and Taddy Blazusiak placed fifth and sixth respectively.

Building on his day one performance, Billy Bolt improved to seventh, while David Cyprian continued to impress with eighth. Spain‰Ûªs Josep Garcia enjoyed a strong day with the Classic Enduro specialist placing ninth, while TTR Officine Rigamonti‰Ûªs b was 10th.
Spectators hike into the mountains to watch the toughest sections - Photo: Future7Media
Stepping up to the Gold class as the 2018 Silver class winner, Austria‰Ûªs Dieter Rudolf is fast adapting to the challenge. The Austrian backed up his 10th place on Off Road Day One with 11th on Day Two and currently lies 10th overall in the race.

His compatriot Michael Walkner, Silver Class runner-up in 2018, is also performing well in his debut Gold class ride. The 21-year-old has ended both days in 13th to sit 12th overall at the halfway point in the race.

Gomez‰Ûª win on Off Road Day Two sees him move to the top of the Gold Class standings with two days still remaining. Jarvis slips down to second and is five minutes behind his teammate. Just over one minute behind Jarvis, Lettenbichler maintains third overall. With Roman in fourth, 10 minutes currently separate the top four.
Dieter Rudolf holds top-10 in his debut Gold class ride - Photo: Future7Media
In the Silver Class it‰Ûªs Spain‰Ûªs Josu Artola who continues to set the pace securing his second victory of the week. Behind him Josef Westgarth took second, ahead of Alberto Aramburu and Brit Sam Winterburn. Winterburn is second overall to Artola, with Westgarth less than two minutes behind in third.

The Bronze category saw France‰Ûªs Jean Michel Vigand push through for victory. The win sees him take control of the standings ahead of Marcin Welglarz who placed sixth today. USA‰Ûªs Eric Slominski holds third overall thanks to his second-place ride on Off Road Day Two.
Competitors faced up to 151 kilometres of riding - Photo: Future7Media
In the Iron class it was Russia‰Ûªs Vadim Tagirov who won the day to move into the lead in the overall classification. Germany‰Ûªs Anna Schmolzl continues to show great form, second on Off Road Day Two moves her up to the second overall. Mexico‰Ûªs Eduardo Martinez ended day two in third. Placing fifth on day two, day one leader Agostino Crema slips to third position.
Romania‰Ûªs Eduard Socaci races to the finish on Day 2 - Photo: Future7Media
Results: Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs, Off Road Day 2

Gold Class
1. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 5:41:00
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 5:46:58
3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 5:47:22
4. Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 5:49:54
5. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 5:55:56
6. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 5:59:37
7. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 6:09:08
8. David Cyprian (KTM - CZ) 6:19:32
9. Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 6:54:07
10. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 6:57:28

Silver Class
1. Josu Artola (ESP) 5:02:54
2. Josef Westgarth (GB) 5:16:02
3. Alberto Aramburu (ESP) 5:16:35
4. Sam Winterburn (GB) 5:17:04
5. Marc Wulf (GER) 5:26:11

Bronze Class
1. Jean Michel Vigand (FRA) 4:29:58
2. Eric Slominski (USA) 4:34:25
3. Marius Muntean (ROU) 4:35:04
4. Radu Sardarescu (ROU) 4:37:34
5. Brent Brady (AUS) 4:38:11

Iron Class
1. Vadim Tagirov (RUS) 4:51:43
2. Anna Schmolzl (GER) 4:59:44
3. Eduardo Martinez (MEX) 5:09:33
4. Oz Nehoray (ISR) 5:14:26
5. Agostino Crema (ITA) 5:20:48

Overall Classification (After Off Road Day 2)

Gold Class
1. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 10:15:42
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 10:19:45
3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 10:21:42
4. Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 10:26:37
5. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 10:44:39
6. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 10:50:40
7. David Cyprian (KTM - CZ) 11:13:33
8. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 11:34:51
9. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 11:53:36
10. Dieter Rudolf (KTM - AUT) 12:17:58

Silver Class
1. Josu Artola (ESP) 9:23:16
2. Sam Winterburn (GB) 9:51:20
3. Josef Westgarth (GB) 9:53:00
4. Alberto Aramburu (ESP) 9:53:24
5. Emmanuel Gyenes (ROU) 10:04:20

Bronze Class
1. Jean Michel Vigand (FRA) 8:55:01
2. Marcin Weglarz (POL) 9:02:15
3. Eric Slominski (USA) 9:14:10
4. Brent Brady (AUS) 9:17:54
5. Marius Muntean (ROU) 9:22:06

Iron Class
1. Vadim Tagirov (RUS) 8:19:36
2. Anna Schmolzl (GER) 8:24:45
3. Agostino Crema (ITA) 8:37:56
4. Eduardo Martinez (MEX) 8:40:52
5. Danny Melvin (USA) 8:51:20

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