The event, which was used as a prequel to the forthcoming Tough One hard enduro in January, featured a strong line up of Britain’s elite hard enduro riders. And with Husaberg’s Graham Jarvis, KTM’s Paul Bolton and Gas Gas’ Alex Wigg all in the mix of things, Walker was assured no easy ride.
Grabbing the holeshot of the two-hour race, Jarvis immediately set himself at the head of the field. But with Walker close behind, the Husaberg rider was unable to distance himself from the chasing pack.
On lap two, the lead changed hands as Walker worked his way past Jarvis and into the lead. Feeling comfortable in the slippery muddy conditions, the 21-year old quickly pulled out a one-minute advantage over his Husaberg rival. Untroubled for the remainder of the race, Walker rode on to claim a comfortable three-minute margin of victory over eventual runner up Jarvis.
“Everything went to plan for me,” commented Walker. “I felt strong today and my riding was really good. The race was tough and I’m sure that without any problems from Graham that it would have been a much tighter race. However, after my recent illness it feels great to win again. I’m now looking forward to racing here at the Tough One in January.”
Bolton looked all but assured of the runner up position... © Lynn / Enduro21.com
After grabbing an early lead at the start of the race, Jarvis soon ran into problems when chasing Walker. Damaging his front disc, he slipped back into the clutches of a charging Bolton.
Unable to respond to the attack by Bolton, Jarvis had all but settled for third place until Bolton ran into troubles of his own. With only 15 minutes remaining, the rear tyre came off Bolton’s rim and he was forced to retire.
With Bolton dropping out of the running order, Jarvis gladly inherited the runner up position as Gas Gas’ Alex Wigg secured third.
The international Tough One hard enduro takes place in Nantmawr Quarry on January 12.
Tough One’s Little Brother
1. Jonny Walker (KTM)
2. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
3. Alex Wigg (Gas Gas)