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Graham Jarvis Claims Victory At The Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

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Graham Jarvis did it the hard way but he did it and made it to the end of the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble first. Photo: Future7Media
Brit Graham Jarvis (GB) has claimed victory at round two of the World Enduro Super Series ‰ÛÒ the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.

In what was a dramatic, action-packed and unpredictable race, Jarvis put on a late race charge to take the win by just 41 seconds from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jonny Walker with early pace setter Manuel Lettenbichler finishing third.

Under sunny skies and hot temperatures, the 24th edition of the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble saw the 500 qualified riders blast off the start line at 14.30 hours. With all the main contenders in this year‰Ûªs WESS securing a front row start during qualification, it was Taddy Blazusiak who made his move early, taking the lead. But with Walker hot on his heels, plus WESS round one winner Bill Bolt and Lettenbichler right in contention, any hopes of breaking away from the chasing field were quickly ended.

During one of the early technical woodland sections, the young guns of Lettenbichler and Bolt moved past both Blazusiak and Walker to take up the lead. At Checkpoint 15 of 25, Lettenbichler and Bolt had built up a lead of one-minute over Walker while Wade Young overtook Blazusiak for fourth. However, with Checkpoint 19 forming the formidable Carl‰Ûªs Dinner boulder garden, the race was anything but over. After a bad start, Jarvis was beginning to cut his way through the pack and was closing on the leaders.
Second was enough to see Jonny Walker take the overall lead in the WESS championship standings. Photo: Future7Media
At Checkpoint 21 - Green Hell - the race took another dramatic twist as both Lettenbichler and Bolt became stuck on the near-vertical woodland climb. Jarvis, now in third, heroically pushed his way past the stricken duo to the top and took the race lead. Walker, following suit, tried to apply pressure to the Husqvarna rider during the final two signature sections Dynamite and Lazy Noon but Jarvis kept his cool to cross the finish line in an astonishing time of two hours, five minutes and 59 seconds.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs always special to win here, but to do it like I did, that ranks as one of my best victories," Jarvis enthused. "I had a really bad start getting stuck on the very first climb out of the quarry and I lost so many places. Also, with the dust it was really difficult to overtake on the first couple of sections. It wasn‰Ûªt until Checkpoint 15 that I got up to about sixth, but I knew Carl‰Ûªs Dinner would be decisive. I made a lot of time up there. When I got to Green Hell I wasn‰Ûªt quite sure what was happening but I saw Billy and Manni stuck. I got up so far and then was able to push the rest. That for me was where the race was won, but with Jonny chasing me home I couldn‰Ûªt relax until the chequered flag.‰Û
KTM's Manuel Lettenbichler rounded out the podium with third three minutes behind winner Graham Jarvis. Photo: Future7Media
Winner of round two of the World Enduro Super Series, Jarvis also secured his fourth Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble victory. Finishing just 41 seconds behind, Walker claimed the runner-up result and in turn took control of the WESS championship standings.

Second place was enough to see KTM's Jonny Walker claim top spot in the WESS standings.

‰ÛÏThat was a tough race but I am happy to finish second and importantly take the lead in the WESS standings," Walker said.

"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 a little," Walker explained. "Carl‰Ûªs Dinner was tiring, but I kept up a steady rhythm and tried to minimise any mistakes. I managed to clear Green Hell 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‰Ûªt quite catch Graham before the finish. I‰Ûªm happy with second and although it would have been nice to take the win, it‰Ûªs great to be leading the championship.‰Û
After a lot of time getting physical, as all had to do, Wade Young came home 15 minutes back in fourth. Photo: Future7Media
Regrouping after the punishing Green Hell section, Lettenbichler was able to cross the finish line three minutes behind Jarvis in third, with Young coming home in fourth.

‰ÛÏI gave it everything I had, I wanted to win so badly but just lost out towards the end," Lettenbichler reflected. "I had a really great ride up until Green Hell. Billy and myself were pushing the pace a lot and we had built up a gap on the others. I wasn‰Ûªt my best in Carl‰Ûªs 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.‰Û
A happy 2018 podium of Graham Jarvis (C), Jonny Walker (R) and Manuel Lettenbichler. Photo: Future7Media
After a promising start, Taddy Blazusiak eventually ended his race in eighth.

‰ÛÏI have to be happy with that ‰ÛÒ I enjoyed the race and the fans here have been amazing," Blazusiak said. "Of course, it‰Ûªs not the result I wanted but after crashing so heavily I am glad to make the finish. It took a little while to feel better and at one point I wasn‰Ûªt sure I would be able to make it through Carl‰Ûªs Dinner. I paced myself though and felt a lot stronger at the end. Eighth place gives me some valuable championship points and keeps me inside the top-10 overall. I‰Ûªll concentrate now on Le Trefle Lozerien classic enduro next weekend and hopefully come away with a good result.‰Û
There was plenty of big hills at the Iron Giant, and plenty of carnage with only 23 out of 500 riders finishing the gruelling event. Photo: Future7Media
Results ‰ÛÓ Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, Top 10
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 2:05:59
2. Jonny Walker (KTM) +00:41
3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) +03:03
4. Wade Young (Sherco) +15:45
5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) +24:04
6. Travis Teasdale (Beta) +32:50
7. Paul Bolton (KTM) +33:41
8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) +35:52
9. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) +48:41
10. Mario Roman (Sherco) +52:58

Standings ‰ÛÒ World Enduro Super Series (After round 2 of 8)
1. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 1700 points
2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 1610 Points
3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 1610 Points
4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 1540 Points
5. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 1220 Points
6. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 1180 Points
7. Travis Teasdale (Beta - RSA) 1030 Points
8. Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) 1020 Points
9. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 890 Points
10. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha - RSA) 760 Points

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