World Enduro Super Series Update

This coming weekend all eyes are set on Austria for the third round of the World Enduro Super Series being held at the mining town of Eisenberg. The famous Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble is presented for two days within the playground of the Erzberg mine. This mine offers the reputation of being the toughest single day enduro and is, therefore, making up for the hard endurance section of the series.

Over two days, riders will compete on the 35 kilometres of rough terrain which is known for its challenging and wet forest climbs as well as notoriously large boulders. This is done for a place under the first 500 fastest qualifiers. Many don’t make it to the finish line.

Round Two in Review

This round was set in France’s Trèfle Lozérien AMV. Stretching over 719 kilometres and 15 individual tests, the riders had to endure harsh weather conditions. Spain’s Josep Garcia had the best time in 9 of the 15 criteria, which in the end secured his victory. Making it the first time in 33 years that a French rider didn’t win this leg of the race. Garcia dominated the run from the start. His confident style confirmed his place as the one who needs to be beaten. Spanish riders are not usually the best performance riders in muddy conditions, but Garcia attributes his success in the muddy terrain and harsh weather to the fact that he used to train as a child when it was raining. He believes that this gave him the confidence to perform well under the circumstances.

Riding in Muddy Conditions

Garcia also mentioned that he believes that riders must adjust their riding style when the terrain is muddy and slippery. He described it as a delicate balance between enough aggression and not too much hostility. He also mentioned that braking at the right time is of vital importance in these conditions. His success and the fact that he is leading the race at this early stage is unexpected to even him, yet it is with caution that he reflects on the upcoming third round at Eisenberg. In the end, it is of more importance who is leading in the end and not the beginning.

The Top Ten Riders Going Into Round Three

First four riders are all on KTM with Greece’s Josep Garcia in the first position. Then Germany’s M Lettenbichler is in the second position followed by Britain’s Jonny Walker and Nathan Watson. Sherco is in the fifth position with the Greek Mario Roman, followed by Brit, Billy Bolt on Husqvarna. South Africa’s Wade Young is in the seventh position with Sherco followed by Jamie McCanney, another Brit, on Yamaha at eighth position. Another South African, Travis Teasdale is in ninth position on KTM. Supported by the Polish Taddy Blazusiak also on KTM in tenth place. This coming weekend promises to be another adrenaline pumping weekend, and all are curious what Erzberg will do to the current scoreboard.

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