Sherco’s Wade Young delivered the goods at the German Wiesel-X extreme enduro to claim a hard fought victory over KTM’s Manuel Lettenbicher.
Now in its fifth edition, the event continues to grow from strength to strength with Young securing the top step of the podium for the second time.
For the small club, however, it was still a mammoth task to get the event on the stage . Club Dirk Rydzewski and Event Manager Denis Günther have made the best of the possibilities following months of on-going work. And with a strong international entry list, the 1,000 strong spectators were treated to some quality racing.
Split into three parts racing was determined over a prologue, group heats and then the final ChampRace.
For the prologue, competitors faced a Superenduro track. Heat races qualified riders through to the final staged over six minutes plus one lap. Mario Roman took an early lead and claimed the lead, with Manuel Lettenbichler and Junior World Champion Blake Gutzeit four seconds behind. Mario Roman held his nerve for the win and the 100 Euro prize money.
Based on the results of the prologue, the riders were divided into groups. Each group had 60 minutes with the top 10 of each group qualifying through to the ChampRace final.
The first favourite was in the first group race. Manuel Lettenbichler took the lead at the start and built his lead on Kevin Gallas. Third place in the first strong group was David Cyprian. Marcel Teucher was ranked 6th among the best-placed drivers.
In the second group race Philipp Bertl and Junior Superenduro World Champion Blake Gutzeit took their rounds. Bertl made a good 1 minute lead after the 60 minutes.
The most exciting group race was the third heat. There were two favourites with Mario Roman and Wade Young. Both pulled their rounds together at the top and rounded the entire further field in this group. Wade Young won over his Sherco teammate Mario Roman.
The Champ Race Final was played out over eight laps. Manuel Lettenbichler got the better of his rivals during the first laps and built a small lead.
However, at the hour marker of the race Wade Young hit his stride. Working his way from behind he got past the KTM rider following a small mistake by Lettenbichler in the DG Design - LostWay.
Young went on to win the Wiesel-X for the second time. Lettenbichler regrouped for second with Mario Roman completing the top three in third.
Words: Denis Günther | Photos: Marco Burkert / Silvio Bronst
Results - Wiesel-X Extreme Enduro 2017
Detailed Results: Wiesel-X Extreme Enduro