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Graham Jarvis wins WESS round three, Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

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Britain‰Ûªs Graham Jarvis has claimed victory at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria, round three of the World Enduro Super Series.

Delivering a clinical performance at the 25th edition of the infamous Hard Enduro race, the Jarvis led home Germany‰Ûªs Manuel Lettenbichler and Spaniard Mario Roman.

Returning to Hard Enduro, the iconic Erzbergrodeo marked the third stop of the 2019 WESS series. Some of the world‰Ûªs best Enduro riders were among an entry of 1702 competitors (including 49 women) from 43 nations that converged to the quiet mining town of Eisenerz for the annual four-day dirt bike festival.

Following two days of the BlaklÌ_der Iron Road Prologue qualification, championship leader Josep Garcia proved the fastest of the 500 qualifiers for Sunday‰Ûªs Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.
Competitors take the start of the 25th Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble. Photo: Future7Media
From the depths of the Europe‰Ûªs largest iron ore quarry, competitors blasted off the start line for the 35-kilometre long race. With four hours to complete the 27 checkpoints dotted around the Iron Giant, it was Lettenbichler who was first to set the pace, taking over from Garcia and Jonny Walker shortly after the start.

Pushing hard, the 21-year-old German tried to break away from the pack, but with 44-year-old Jarvis at his best, Lettenbichler found himself trailing as they entered the notorious Carls Dinner section.
Graham Jarvis was superior in the notorious Carls Dinner. Photo: Future7Media
Delivering a master class in the monstrous boulder garden, Jarvis broke clear of Lettenbichler in second, while Roman and Wade Young were locked in a tight battle for third.

However, Lettenbichler - chasing his debut win - was undeterred and worked hard to reel Jarvis back in, drawing level at Green Hell with just four checkpoints to go. But Jarvis had a little energy in reserve to keep the youngster at bay and secure a record-equalling fifth Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble win.
Manuel Lettenbichler battles the formidable Iron Giant. Photo: Future7Media
‰ÛÏThis feels amazing. I think this could be the most important Erzberg victory of my career," Jarvis said. "A lot of people were talking about my age, and at 44 I did have some doubts about my fitness for the full race. But I just kept my focus and kept pushing. I knew I would have work to do from the start, but the faster sections of the race, early on, never really suit me. Once I got to Carl‰Ûªs Dinner I started to make up time. It was different to when I walked it, and I was feeling it physically, but it went really well. I managed to lead going into Green Hell, but it was close there with Manni. I just had to keep pushing after that. It‰Ûªs amazing to be a five-time Erzbergrodeo winner.‰Û
Mario Roman impressed with third. Photo: Future7Media
Finishing just over two minutes behind, Lettenbichler‰Ûªs runner-up result provisionally moves him into the WESS championship lead with three rounds complete.

‰ÛÏThat was a tough race, but I‰Ûªm super happy to finish second," Lettenbichler said. "I got a great start and was third behind Garcia and Walker and followed those guys into the forest. I made a small mistake, but I arrived first at Carl‰Ûªs Dinner. I knew Graham was close, so I just ride as hard as I could. It was really tough in there. When Graham passed me, I did all I could to stay with him and got right onto his rear wheel in Green Hell. If I‰Ûªd have got ahead of him there, well, who knows what might have happened. From there to the finish I gave everything, but I couldn‰Ûªt catch Graham. I had a great race and to finish second to someone like Graham is amazing. The 25th Erzberg has been incredible, I‰Ûªm so pleased to be on the podium.‰Û
16 riders finished this year‰Ûªs race. Photo: Future7Media
Putting in an impressively strong ride during the second half of the race, round one winner Mario Roman was able to cement his position of third and secure a debut podium result in the race.

‰ÛÏSo many riders crashed in front of me on the first climb after the start, so I just tried to be calm and not make any crazy mistakes," Roman explained. "After that I started to find my rhythm, passing riders one-by-one. To finish third is a great result, I‰Ûªm very happy. In Carl‰Ûªs Dinner I tried to push hard there and passed Billy, Alfredo, Jonny and Wade. I knew there was still a long way to go so I rode as smart as I could. It‰Ûªs amazing to be on the podium.‰Û
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Also finding his rhythm after Carls Dinner, Spain‰Ûªs Alfredo Gomez was able to work his way past Wade Young to eventually finish fourth. Despite holding a podium position at the halfway stage in the race, Young slipped down the leader board to round out the top five.

After a bad start, Taddy Blazusiak worked his way back into contention to take sixth, while Billy Bolt rounded out the top seven. In total, 16 competitors from seven nations completed this year‰Ûªs Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.
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Results ‰ÛÒ 2019 Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GBR) 2:26:46
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 2:28:55
3. Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 2:32:19
4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 2:36:28
5. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 2:41:07
6. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 2:50:41
7. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GBR) 2:52:46
8. Jonny Walker (KTM - GBR) 3:00:25
9. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 3:08:57
10. Travis Teasdale (KTM - RSA) 3:20:12
11. Lars En̦ckl (Husqvarna - AUT) 3:39:47
12. Jonathan Richardson (Husqvarna - GBR) 3:39:50
13. Dieter Rudolf (KTM - AUT) 3:42:44
14. Trystan Hart (KTM - CAN) 3:55:21
15. Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 3:56:18
16. Xavi Leon (Husqvarna - ESP) 3:56:23

World Enduro Super Series Standings (Provisional after round 3 of 8)
1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 1960 points
2. Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 1770 pts
3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GBR) 1690 pts
4. Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 1665 pts
5. Jonny Walker (KTM - GBR) 1520 pts
6. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GBR) 1465 pts
7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 1464 pts
8. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 1460 pts
9. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 1370 pts
10. Nathan Watson (KTM - GBR) 1271 pts

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