Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis has cemented his place in the Hell’s Gate record books by claiming a fifth event win.
Earning a hard-fought victory at the 14th edition of the race, Jarvis led him South African’s Travis Teasdale (KTM) and Young Young (Sherco) in second and third respectively.
- Graham Jarvis claims his fifth Hell’s Gate victory
- He has the most wins ever at the Italian il Ciocco venue
- Travis Teasdale surprised with 2nd in his debut ride
- Early leader Wade Young suffered tyre trouble dropping to third.
- Diego Nicoletti was best Italian in 5th
- It was the 14th edition of Hell’s Gate
“In the main race I got a good start but dropped behind Wade Young, who was running a really strong pace,” told Jarvis. “He had some kind of a problem then, which allowed me to get ahead.
“I just kept a steady pace going then and things worked out great. There was a lot more man-made sections this year, which isn't really my things. But to get a fifth Hell’s Gate win is great.”
It took 14 laps to get the verdict of the 14th edition of Hell’s Gate. After an epic battle Jarvis won back his King of Hell’s Gate crown that his held continuously for four years, from 2011 to 2014.
The Husqvarna rider writes his name for the fifth time in the golden book of Hell's Gate Metzeler.
It was not a race for granted, not even the "revenge" of Jarvis at the expense of the South African, Wade Young, who had won last year's edition. It was an excellent comparison between two recognised champions with an enormous talent.
Wade Young concluded his second participation in Hell's Gate 2017 to the third place, overtaken by the compatriot, Travis Teasdale, who instead was to debut and who has demonstrated a great talent.
Young was not helped by good luck. Ups and downs, throughout saw the Sherco rider stop for a tyre change. The change of Young's wheel was the game changer of the race, after Jarvis had played to perfection with a “softly” start.
With Young pitted at mid distance, Jarvis jumped up to the first place, bringing behind him Teasdale and Roman. Young managed to climb back up to third place, albeit about a minute from Teasdale, in second position.
Fourth place went to Mario Roman (Sherco), who missed out on his third Hell’s Gate podium in as many years. The last rider to complete all laps of 2017 edition was Austrian Philipp Bertl (Beta) in fifth overall.
Once again, Diego Nicoletti (Beta) was the first of the Italians in Race after managing to pass the Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) during the last hour of the race.
The new formula of Hell's Gate Metzeler seen in 2016 had been further improved with the introduction of a spectacular natural / artificial field adjacent to the now historic Hell's Gate Arena. The formula has met the favour of the audience, who, together with the perfect weather on Saturday, has once again granted the essential support to the Race.
Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2017 – Final Result
1. Graham JARVIS Husqvarna, 3H08’23; 2. Travis TEASDALE KTM, +04’11”; 3. Wade Young Sherco, 5’19”; 4. Mario ROMAN Sherco, +8’38; 5. Philipp BERTL Beta, +1 Lap.