Regarded as the toughest hard enduro race in the US, the King of the Motos saw a new winner emerge for the second edition of the event. Although hopeful of repeating his winning result from 2012, Jarvis was forced to concede victory to Webb in the final stages of the 160-mile race.
Set out over an 80-mile loop that mixed high-speed desert terrain with slow and technical rocky hill climbs, it was Jarvis and Webb that immediately set the pace at the front of the field.
Quickly pulling out a five-minute advantage over the chasing pack the leading duo traded places numerous times throughout the opening lap.
Etching out a slender lead as he started lap two Jarvis looked confident of defending his King of the Motos title. But with less than 20 miles remaining in the race the Husaberg rider ran into difficulty. Suffering rear tyre troubles he was forced to drastically slow his pace in order to finish the race.
With Webb closing back in, Jarvis was unable to respond to his attack. Webb then worked his way past his Husaberg mounted rival before marching on to win the event by over 20 minutes.
Disappointed with the outcome of the result, Jarvis remarked…
“I felt the rear tyre getting a bit of a wobble at the beginning of the second lap. I maybe should have slowed a little to conserve it but Cody wasn’t too far away so I couldn’t back off.”
Ending his race over seven minutes behind Jarvis but securing the final step of the podium Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert was third. Destry Abbott (Kawasaki) chased Robert home for fourth with KTM’s Brian Roper completing the top five.
2013 King of the Motos Results (Unofficial):
1. Cody Webb (Beta)
2. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
3. Taylor Robert (Kawasaki)
4. Destry Abbott (Kawasaki)
5. Brian Roper (KTM)