With organisers continuing to increase the difficulty of the event for day two, riders faced a stiff challenge in the form of “Appetizer” during the early morning. Proving to be the most extreme aspect of the day, the climb up the rocky riverbed separated the men from the boys.
As the first riders to arrive at the notorious section, both Husaberg's Graham Jarvis and Husqvarna's Andreas Lettenbichler made short work of the climb and gained some extra time on their nearest rivals.
“I had a few falls today and every time it took me awhile to recover,” revealed Jarivs at the end of another tiring day. “But this is part of the game and I am glad that I reached the finish in good shape. I am surprised by the weather, this is quite unusual for the Red Bull Romaniacs – I`d prefer a bit more rain.”
"I'm doing fine and the bike is working great,” commented Lettenbichler. “Jarvis is so fast and it is difficult to catch up with him.”
After almost missing his start time due to oversleeping, KTM's Walker found a good rhythm to end his day third. Now finding more confidence in his GPS navigation abilities, Walker's result now sits him third overall in the standings.
“The tracks were fast and flowing today and I really enjoyed it,” said a pleased Walker. “I'm getting better with the navigation and I only got lost once today. I would be chuffed if I can make it to the podium of this unbelievable race.”
Finding a better flow to his riding than he did on day one, Husaberg's Xavi Galindo chased Walker home for fourth.
However, while others enjoyed a successful day, KTM's Chris Birch had a tough day in the saddle. Hampered due to a foot injury, Birch battled his way through the “Appetizer” to finish his day in seventh.
“It's been a hard day, confirmed Birch. “The trails are fine but my foot hurts and I'm finding it tough when the terrain gets harder.”
Day Two Results:
1. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 4:12:56; 2. Andreas Lettenbichler (Husqvarna) 4:16:44; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 4:34:32; 4. Xavier Galindo (Husaberg) 4:40:26; 5. Melcior Faja (KTM) 4:49:19...
Standings After Day Two:
1. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 8:41:03; 2. Andreas Lettenbichler (Husqvarna) 9:01:28; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 9:30:11; 4. Chris Birch (KTM) 9:46:26; 5. Xavier Galindo (Husaberg) 9:46:33...