The mother of Hard Enduro, the Roof of Africa this weekend signs off what’s been another awesome year of action.
Heading there as defending champion, Husqvarna’s Graham Jarvis is the guy everyone will be trying to beat. No stranger to success in Lesotho, Jarvis has enjoyed a cracking season to date.
Bagging the big ones with wins at Erzberg and Romaniacs and then most recently topping the podium at GetzenRodeo, he’s keen to sign 2016 off on a high.
“I like the Roof of Africa,” said Jarvis. “I’ve been there a few times and it’s always a little different each time around.
“I won last year and hope I can do so again this weekend. You never quite know how it’s going to pan out, but I know it’ll be tough riding and that’s my style.”
KTM’s Alfredo Gomez makes his debut ride at the Roof of Africa this year and is one guy who’s already proven twice during 2016 that he can beat Jarvis.
He beat Jarvis straight up at the level playing fields of Minas Riders back in April and then did it again at the Hixpania Hard Enduro earlier this month.
“I’m riding well, I’ve been working hard to get ready and looking forward to what’s in store at the Roof,” told Gomez at Hixpania.
“It’s a new one for me but I adapted well to the new terrain in Brazil so I’m hoping things will go well in Africa.”
Joining them as a 2016 race winner is Sea to Sky champ Lars Enockl. The Austrian came to promise in Turkey and delivered the goods to secure his first ever Red Bull Hard Enduro victory.
Granted, he’s got to face both Gomez and Jarvis in Africa but he’s a guy with a lot of podium potential.
Coming out of retirement for the Sea to Sky, Andreas Lettenbichler carded himself a runner-up result. He’s got previous experience at the Roof of Africa, along with being hard as nails, so can’t be counted out.
Billy Bolt is another rider in town for the Roof of Africa and looking to shine. Despite a fruitful fifth at Erzberg, no more results have come his way with a catalogue of mistakes at Romaniacs and Sea to Sky hurting his progress. The Roof is his last chance in 2016 to turn things around.
Unfortunately Wade Young is ruled out of this one as he’s not fully recovered from his Sea to Sky injury. However, home talent for the Roof is strong with the local boys consistently stepping it up each year, especially on home turf.
Scott Bouverie - third at Sea to Sky - will be out to prove his worth. Likewise, Travis Teasdale is another young guy with bags of potential too. Adding in Kyle Flanagan, Kenny Gilbert, Altus De Welt, Brett Swanepoel and Blake Gutzeit means a solid depth of home talent.
Plus, don’t forget South Africa’s Kirsten Landman. Twenty-fifth at Sea to Sky she will become the first lady competitor to tackle gold in the history of the race, having finished in 23rd position last year in the silver class.
Thursday 1st December, 2016
09h00 – 12h00 Round the Houses
11h00 – 14h00 Racing Section 1
Friday 2nd December, 2016
06h00 – Leading Motorcycle departs on Racing Section 2
Saturday 3rd December, 2016
06h00 – Leading Motorcycle departs on Racing Section 3