Adding another stage win to his 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs tally, South Africa‰Ûªs Wade Young is now favourite to win round four of the World Enduro Super Series.
Putting in a near-perfect ride on Off Road Day 3 at the world‰Ûªs toughest Hard Enduro Rallye, Young secured his second consecutive stage win over Germany‰Ûªs Manuel Lettenbichler
and Brit Jonny Walker
For the fourth day of racing at the Red Bull Romaniacs, the competitors from 53 nations enjoyed their first full day of sunshine as they waved goodbye to the Straja ski resort and began to make their way back towards Sibiu. The welcome addition of sunshine eased the aching pains of the previous days, but with another long and demanding day in the saddle for all, riders were once again pushed to their limits.
Drama struck early on with Gold class big hitters Graham Jarvis
and Taddy Blazusiak
notable retirements. Blazusiak was first to fall foul when a bout of food poisoning prevented him from taking the start. Jarvis, reaching an early spectator point, also called it quits having felt unwell.
However, at the head of the Gold class there was no change to the running order of the top three with Young, Lettenbichler and Walker continuing to set the pace.
Young lead the field out, remaining there for the entire day, pulling a slight advantage over Lettenbichler to increase his race lead to four minutes with one day remaining.
‰ÛÏThat was a really long day today," Young said. "The hardest part was right at the beginning and it really took it out of you. I tried not to push too hard because I know how easy it is to burn yourself out. I stayed relaxed, didn‰Ûªt make any huge mistakes and aimed for the finish. I knew I had a bit of a gap over Manni today so that let me relax a bit and I think it helped me to stay smooth. There‰Ûªs still one day to go tomorrow and my plan is to ride similar to today ‰ÛÒ don‰Ûªt push too hard and get to the finish in one piece. If the result comes, then it‰Ûªs time to celebrate but it‰Ûªs too early to think about that yet!‰Û