Beta’s Jordan Ashburn dug deepest in a wild and wet RevLimiter Extreme Enduro in Texas to claim the top step of the podium.
An elimination style race, Ashburn was joined on the podium by Mitch Carvolth and Quinn Wentzel in second and third respectively.
- Beta’s Jordan Ashburn claimed the overall win
- RevLimiter featured a series of elimination style races
- Of the 62 starters, 4 finished
- Texas rain left conditions extreme
- A $10,000 Pro Purse was up for grabs for the winners
The state of Texas has been waiting ten years to remind everyone how great technical racing can be in the Lonestar State. Red Bull’s Last Man Standing started an extreme mindset, but the RevLimiter Extreme Enduro is making sure the tradition continues.
Racers and spectators descended upon Rocky Ridge Ranch near Decatur, Texas, in hopes that the muddy conditions of the 2016 extreme enduros would be behind them. Unfortunately, all hopes were dashed when the rain began coming down late Thursday evening. The once dry, potentially dusty conditions, were soon slick and muddy, adding capital letters to the definitive EXTREME enduro title.
The two-day event gave A, B & C competitors the opportunity to test their technical skills, while racing for a new AMA State Championship Extreme Enduro classification. Their two-lap race on Saturday morning was easily completed by some, while other were forced to partner up to make it through.
After Saturday’s race, the Pros and Amateurs lined up for a hot lap around the shortened course to find their starting spot for the beginning of Sunday’s racing. Jordan Ashburn, Mitch Carvolth, Ian Blythe, Haydn Franklin and Quinn Wentzel were the fastest five from the hot laps.
The Sunday racing was scored in a moto format. There were three races, each rewarding points for the rider’s placement. The winner would then rise to the top of the podium, after attrition had slimmed the field of riders down.
The first race that took off underneath the Red Bull arch was a 7.5 mile loop in which the riders would have one hour and a half to complete as many laps as possible. The additions to the course from Saturday quickly ramped up the technical level from the Saturday race and hot laps. Jordan Ashburn led the field home completing two laps on the slimy, slick, rock strewn course. Mitch Carvolth and Quinn Wentzel were right behind him though, ready to try and gain some points back in the second race.
The 62 rider field that started the first race on Sunday had now been whittled down to 37. Those 37 racers who started the second race were competing on a shorter course, but with more technical features added in. The goal was to complete one lap of the course before the one and half hour cutoff. Ashburn again came out on top, with Mitch in second and Quinn in third. Ian Blythe and Haydn Franklin were the other two lucky racers to have a go at winning some of the $10,000 pro purse.
The unlucky few who just missed the cutoff were seen sharing war stories of how and why they just barely missed the final. That type of bench racing is why we all do this!
Bowing out, Franklin did not line up for the final. Though his spot in the final was hard earned, he was officially spent. Ashburn, Carvolth, Wentzel and Blythe lined up to race on a new course laid out specifically for the final. The final course stayed close to the paddock camp, giving spectators a great view of some of the gnarliest obstacles of the day.
Carvolth quickly took the lead and kept it for the entirety of the race. Wentzel was ahead of Ashburn off the start, but Ashburn would place his Beta upside down in a tree while trying to make a quick pass on Wentzel. Ashburn rebounded to catch and pass Wentzel when he got tangled up in some trees. Ian Blythe kept himself going to make sure he completed one lap to get his slice of the pie.
Once the scores were tallied, Jordan Ashburn rode away with first place in the RevLimiter Extreme Enduro. Carvolth and Wentzel rounded out the podium, extremely happy to have been given such a rough and demanding course to race on. Blythe finished fourth, stoked to have had the chance to compete for such a great pro purse provided by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Multiple Sclerosis association of America (MSAA).
Words & Photos: Brian Pierce/Seattime.co
RevLimiter Extreme - Final Results
1. Jordan Ashburn
2. Mitch Carvolth
3. Quinn Wentzel
4. Ian Blythe