Mario Roman has won the famed 2018 Hell‰Ûªs Gate extreme enduro in Italy ahead of five-time winner Graham Jarvis and Travis Teasdale.
With an all-new format for this year, concluding in a 20-minute sprint race, the event posed a fresh challenge for competitors.
For the first time ever, the event kicked off with a Prologue race on the Friday night. Designed to set the starting order for Saturday‰Ûªs race, the Prologue was an endurocross style event held close to the hosting Il Ciocco Hotel. Although it provided a great spectacle for the fans, the race results were eventually scrapped due to issues with the course.
With only the first thirty finishers from Saturday‰Ûªs heat race allowed to transfer to the afternoon race, Roman's second place finish over the five-laps put him in a good positions for the start of the evenings "main event". From there he was able to maintain positions towards the front of the field and with the final results calculated on the sum of the previous legs Roman was declared the winner
Saturday‰Ûªs heat race went well for runner-up Graham Jarvis. An expert at managing his pace, the Brit did exactly what he had to do, finishing fourth aboard his Husqvarna FE 250 in the cold conditions of the Tuscan hills. The position gave him a good start for the night race, which saw riders set off at 3.30pm for a tough three-hour multi-lap event.