At rounds five and six of the Husqvarna ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship in Wales, Jordan Rose finally got his chance to shine. Although previously showing speed capable of securing victory, that elusive first win had always evaded him.
Briefly leading three-time Enduro World Champion David Knight at round two, a missed gear sent him over the bars and into the dirt. At round three a sluggish start cost him dear. Spending most of his day fighting his way through the pack, Rose eventually picked off Husqvarna’s Ricky Dietrich in the final test to snatch second.
Entering round five of the series, Rose knew it was time to deliver. It was time to get that monkey off his back and win.
Ending the first special test two seconds off the pace Rose then stepped it up. Fastest in tests three and four, the Electraction TM rider was quickly building a steady lead. Almost five seconds clear of second place at the midway point in the day Rose kept on pushing. Four tests later he stretched it out to 19 seconds and with it secured that all-important win.
Showing everyone that he was capable of winning, but more importantly proving it to himself, Rose set about replicating that performance the following day at round six.
Again he placed two seconds down after the first run but this time he knew he could overcome it. Posting test times within five tenths of a second of each other during the next three tests Rose was back in the lead – a smaller one this time around, but an advantage nonetheless.
Keeping his nerve and holding off a late race challenge from his closest rival, Rose cleared the final test with victory in hand.
With Saints Well marking both the halfway point in the championship and also the turning point in his season, Rose may just well have become the rider to beat in this BSEC championship chase.