Following a successful opening round of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series (WESS), the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team now set their sights on the world‰Ûªs toughest one-day hard enduro ‰ÛÒ the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.
Jonny Walker, Taddy Blazusiak and Cody Webb will be aiming to repeat past podium successes, while former EnduroGP riders Josep Garcia and Nathan Watson will be tackling the Iron Giant for the first time.
One of the best known enduro events in the world, the Erzbergrodeo is now in its 24th year - the Erzberg name itself is synonymous with hard enduro. An initial entry of 1,500 riders will, as always, be whittled down through qualifying until only the fastest 500 are left to tackle the iconic Red Bull Hare Scramble ‰ÛÒ this year held on Sunday June 3.
Battling some of the most extreme terrain in hard enduro, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders will have four hours to complete the course. Riding from checkpoint to checkpoint, over sections littered with huge boulders, vertical climbs and equally treacherous descents ‰ÛÒ only the strongest will make it to the finish.
Three-time winner of the event Jonny Walker will be looking to make it a fourth victory as he carries the form that took him to the runner-up spot at round one of the WESS ‰ÛÒ Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal. The young but experienced Brit is keen to claim those valuable 1,000 WESS points at the close of the event.
‰ÛÏI am really looking forward to Erzberg, I think the event really suits me," Walker enthused. "Things were great at Lagares, the bike was perfect and I was riding well, I was just pipped at the end after having some bad luck getting through the back markers. If I can keep my head down and not make any mistakes, I know I can get another good result in Austria.‰Û