Following their success the previous week at the Red Bull Erzbergrodeo, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team struggled with the wildly differnet conditions at round three of the World Enduro Super Series (WESS) ‰ÛÒ France‰Ûªs TrÌ¬fle LozÌ©rien AMV
TrÌ¬fle LozÌ©rien saw WESS riders switched from Hard Enduro to Classic Enduro.
Staged over three days, the TrÌ¬fle LozÌ©rien AMV is France‰Ûªs most-important Classic Enduro and due to its deceptively challenging grass-covered special tests is a uniquely specialist event. Determined to collect maximum possible points, the Husqvarna trio of Colton Haaker, Billy Bolt and Graham Jarvis faired well despite their unfamiliarity with the conditions.
Claiming the team‰Ûªs best result of 17th overall out of 600 competitors, Haaker performed strongly on his Classic Enduro debut. Ending the opening day of racing just outside the top 20, he began to improve his pace as the event progressed. Moving up to 17th on day two, he backed that up with 15th on day three to secure an overall result of 17th.
‰ÛÏWith this being my first ever Classic Enduro it was for sure a whole new experience for me," Haaker explained. "I think I‰Ûªm a well-rounded rider who can race Hard Enduro, SuperEnduro and Motocross, but racing slippery, grassy special tests is so unique and something I‰Ûªve never experienced before.
"It took me a long time to adapt to that new way of riding a bike," Haaker continued. "Day three was probably my best performance as they changed the starting order and that meant the top guys had a line to follow in the tests. I was more comfortable with the dirt sections than fresh grass. But overall I really enjoyed the experience and being taken out of my comfort zone like that. The Classic Enduro format is cool and I‰Ûªd love to ride them more. All told, 17th overall against some very specialised riders in this type of competition is rewarding.‰Û