Ending his 2016 season on a high, Graham Jarvis claimed a tight victory in the Roof of Africa over Alfredo Gomez.
- Jarvis secured his 4th Roof of Africa victory
- Nine seconds separated Jarvis & Gomez after 16 hours racing
- Scott Bouverie took his second 2016 Red Bull Hard Enduro podium
- Kirsten Landman became first ever woman Gold class finisher
- Six South Africans filled the top 10 positions
Signing off on a fantastic 2016 season in the best possible way, Husqvarna’s Graham Jarvis managed to successfully defend his Roof of Africa title taking a decisive win at the 48th edition of the South African race.
“To end the season with another win is just great,” said Jarvis. “To be fair this year the Roof was different to any other year I’ve raced it. It’s been a fantastic season for me and I can’t thank Rockstar Energy Husqvarna enough for their support.”
Placing 17th at the ‘Round The Houses’ qualifying run, Jarvis then went on to post the fastest time in day one’s Time Trial to end the opening day of three in second behind Yamaha’s Brett Swanepoel.
On day two it was Gomez who set the pace. Ten minutes down at the end of day one, he attacked hard to pull the time back.
Clocking the fastest time he drew within 20 seconds of Jarvis, setting up a winner-takes-all finish for the third and final day.
Riding pretty much side-by-side for the majority of the final day, Gomez lit things up towards the end to cross the finish line first.
But timing things to perfection, Jarvis just enough to stop the clocks with a narrow but vital nine-second margin of victory.
“It was just so difficult to get a gap on anybody so I ended up riding most of the race with Gomez,” told Jarvis. “I guess that was a good thing for both of us, as we were helping each other in our navigation.
“I knew I couldn’t get a gap on Alfredo so I prepared myself for a sprint finish towards the end, making sure I had the energy at the end to go for it.”
Despite giving it his all, Gomez just couldn't overcome the damage done on day one and was forced to settle for the runner-up result in his debut Roof of Africa ride…
“We lost by just nine seconds but we’ll even stronger next year.”
In the fight for the final step of the podium it was an all-South Africa affair between Scott Bouverie, Travis Teasdale, Blake Gutzeit and Swanepoel.
Beating his country men to the finish line by two minutes, Bouverie collected his second Red Bull Hard Enduro podium of the year with third.
With Teasdale fourth, Gutzeit completed the top five with Swanepoel in sixth.
Billy Bolt brought his KTM home in seventh, while Andreas Lettenbichler - testing KTM’s fuel injected two-stroke - placed eighth.
Altus De Wet and Dwayne Kleynhams were ninth and tenth ensuring six South African’s filled the top 10 positions.
Kirsten Landman contiuned to carve out her Hard Enduro path by becoming the first woman in the history of the event to complete the Gold course. She finished 31st.
Sea to Sky winner Lars Enockl was a forced retirement with an injured hand on day two.
In total 45 riders reached the Gold class finish line.
Photos: Tyrone Bradley/Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool
Results – 2016 Roof of Africa
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 16:14:40
2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 16:14:49
3. Scott Bouverie (KTM) 16:21:56
4. Travis Teasdale (KTM) 16:23:55
5. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha) 16:28:01
6. Brett Swanepole (Yamaha) 16:53:25
7. Billy Bolt (KTM) 17:14:11
8. Andreas Lettenbichler (KTM) 17:32:44
9. Altus De Wet (Yamaha)17:41:50
10. Dwayne Kleynhans (KTM) 18:30:00