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Josep Garcia Takes Early Advantage At Hawkstone Park Cross-Country

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Spain‰Ûªs Josep Garcia has set the pace at round six of the World Enduro Super Series. Photo: Future7Media
Spain‰Ûªs Josep Garcia has set the pace at round six of the World Enduro Super Series to secure the Fast Eddy Sprint Enduro win at the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in Great Britain.

Putting in a world-class performance, Garcia stamped his authority on Saturday‰Ûªs Sprint Enduro to secure a 35-second margin of victory over Brit Nathan Watson. Ensuring two British riders claimed podium results, Billy Bolt edged out Spaniard Jaume Betriu by two seconds for third overall.

Just two weeks after round five in Poland, Great Britain‰Ûªs iconic Motocross circuit Hawkstone Park opened its gates for the sixth stop of WESS. Staged over two days, Saturday‰Ûªs opening day of racing saw the 650 competitors entered stretch their race-legs on the sandy Motocross track and surrounding woodland for some fast and furious Sprint Enduro racing. With event organisers Fast Eddy Racing laying out two spectacular special tests - Motocross and Enduro - riders competed against the clock for a qualifying place in Sunday‰Ûªs Original Fast Eddy Cross-Country.

Eager to show his speed, Garcia wasted no time in getting down to business. Immediately setting the bar high on the Enduro test, he blasted his way to an early 12-second lead over Bolt at the end of the opening test. Continuing his impressive pace, he controlled a lead of almost 29 seconds at the end of the third and final Enduro test over an improving Watson.
Josep Garcia, Nathan Watson and Billy Bolt on the podium. Photo: Future7Media
Moving on to the Motocross test and Garcia set the fastest time on the opening run. Watson answered back to top test two but with Garcia turning up the heat for the final run he pulled away to end his day as the clear winner.

‰ÛÏI really enjoyed it today. It‰Ûªs good to qualify first for tomorrow‰Ûªs main event and show my speed is good," Garcia said. "Conditions were ok ‰ÛÓ there was a lot of mud on the Motocross test but the Enduro test was almost perfect. I‰Ûªm back on my KTM 250 four-stroke for this race and it feels really good. I haven‰Ûªt had much chance to ride it so far this season because I used the two-stroke for the Hard Enduro races, so it‰Ûªs nice to be back on the bike I won the world championship on last year. I‰Ûªve waited a while for this race to come around and I‰Ûªm excited for tomorrow - I will be giving it 100 per cent for the win.‰Û
Wild Card Alex Snow took his Honda to 7th Place. Photo: Future7Media
Results - Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, Day 1

Fast Eddy Sprint Enduro
1. Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 26:35.130;
2. Nathan Watson (KTM - GB) 27:10.418;
3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 27:43.970;
4. Jaume Betriu (KTM - ESP);
5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 27:54.442;
6. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 27:55.715;
7. Alex Snow (Honda - GB);
8. Jed Etchells (Sherco - GB) 28:40.370;
9. Daryl Bolter (Husqvarna - GB) 28:52.215;
10. Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) 29:14.262‰Û_

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