Completing the top five, Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - PL) is one rider who‰Ûªll be hoping to get his championship campaign back on track in Romania. Having only previously competed in the race in 2010, the unique GPS navigational format will be new to Blazusiak as he blasts his way through the remote wilderness.
Reigning Enduro 2 World Champion Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) is best of the non-Hard Enduro specialists in sixth overall in the WESS standings. Set to make his Hard Enduro Rallye debut, the Spaniard will be a rider to watch for as he adjusts once again to a new style of racing. However, having recorded promising rides in Portugal and Austria, he‰Ûªs adapted well to the series.
One place behind Garcia in the championship classification, Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) begins Red Bull Romaniacs aiming to repeat his podium result of 2017. A favourite among Enduro fans, the privateer regards the race as true Enduro riding and will be eager to display his strengths in the Carpathian Mountains when the going gets tough.
Yet to show his true form in WESS, Sherco Factory Racing‰Ûªs Mario Roman (ESP) is hungry to earn some 2018 silverware. Runner-up to Jarvis in 2017, the Spaniard enjoys the long days and tough riding the race offers and will be a strong candidate for a podium result. So too will his Sherco teammate Wade Young. The South African has a strong pedigree in the Romanian Hard Enduro Rallye with multiple podium results to his credit. Yet to land an overall win, he‰Ûªs hoping the 15th edition will be his moment of glory.