After placing second overall in the morning time card enduro behind KTM’s Jonny Walker, Jarvis put his race face on for the evening four-lap main event. Starting second behind Walker, the Husaberg rider quickly blasted his way to the front of the field and immediately checked out.
Never faulting throughout the race, he increased his lead with each passing lap –diminishing the 30-rider field. As darkness fell, Jarvis approached the notorious Hell’s Peak climb with confidence. Wasting no time to survey the hill, he attacked the near-vertical ascent with ease only to be pulled up the final few metres and secure the 2013 Hell’s Gate win.
Behind him, the fight for the runner-up position was contested between Walker and Beta’s Cody Webb. With little to separate either rider, the duo battled hard for the first half of the race. But as the event entered the third lap, Walker gradually broke free of Webb and established himself in a solid second position.
Although beginning to feel the effects of a previous stomach bug in the final stages of the race, the KTM rider soldiered to reach the top of Hell’s Peak as runner-up but over 12 minutes behind Jarvis.
Unable to keep pace with Walker towards the end of the race, Webb opted to maintain his position. Giving one last push on Hell’s Peak, the Beta rider gladly crossed the finish line just five minutes behind Walker and secured the third and final step of the podium. The result marked the US rider’s first ever visit to the podium.
Hampered by a crash during the morning race, Spain’s Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) fought hard to recover from his 13th place starting position. Working his way through the first lap traffic, Gomez reeled in fourth placed Ben Hemingway (Beta). Finding a way past the British rider on the penultimate lap, Gomez charged on to finish within four minutes of Webb in what was only his debut ride in the event.
Delivering a solid ride throughout the race, Hemingway became the fifth and final rider to reach the summit of Hell’s Peak.
Hell’s Gate 2013 – Results
1. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg); 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) +12mins 17secs; 3. Cody Webb (Beta) 17mins 32secs; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 21mins 52secs; 5. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 29mins 28secs