Josep Garcia has taken an early lead at round seven of the World Enduro Super Series with victory on day one of BR2 Enduro Solsona in Spain.
Delivering a masterclass in Classic Enduro racing, the Spaniard concluded the opening day of competition with a healthy 40-second advantage over Brits Nathan Watson and Jonny Walker. Manuel Lettenbichler and Taddy Blazusiak place fourth and fifth respectively.
Following Friday night‰Ûªs action-packed Super Test in Solsona, Saturday saw the 350-strong entry set out on what would prove to be a long and physical day of racing.
A lengthy liaison took competitors from Solsona to nearby Bassella, where they faced the Cross Test, Extreme Test and Enduro Test at the Bassella Experience centre. They then returned to Solsona to complete the loop. A second lap of the course - ending with an additional Super Test - ensured many tired and weary bodies on Saturday evening.
Determined to maximise his Classic Enduro skills, Garcia quickly got down to business on Saturday after a mixed-outing in Friday‰Ûªs Super Test. Quickest on the opening Enduro Test and then again on the Cross Test, he ended lap one leading. Building on his advantage during the final lap, he returned to Solsona as the provisional overnight leader.