Sherco's Mario Román has won a decisive victory in the tenth edition of the Gordexola Xtreme, the pioneering race of extreme enduro in Spain.
After a night prologue on Friday, on Saturday 155 riders were facing a tough qualifying stage, with two laps to a demanding and muddy 60-kilometre track that only three men could finish: Mario Román, Xavi León, and Alex Hidalgo.
Sunday was the superfinal and again it was Mario who reached the goal in first position after covering a single lap of 60 kilometers in just under four hours, which gave him a margin of 40 minutes over the second classified , Xavi León.
The list of drivers in goal was completed by local Alex Hidalgo, third, and Josu Artola, fourth.
Mario Román: “It has been a really difficult race, with a very high level of exigency, I would say as the Romaniacs in the Gold category. The qualifying should have been more affordable for amateurs, but rain and mud changed everything. I have just tried not to fail and keep my own safe rythm. I am happy because I have not crashed too much and because we have made important progress on my bike, which has worked great.”
Xavi León: “without a doubt, it has been the toughest raced this year. In the qualifying the terrain was very complicated because of the mud and I finished at five in the afternoon. Imagine if they do not get to take a lap... And my bike ended up badly damaged by the falls and with the clutch useless, so we had to work thoroughly on it for the superfinal. Now, after having raced the Erzberg, the Carpath, and the Gordexola, it is time to rest”
Alex Hidalgo: “I think I've participated in the Gordexola four or five times and it´s never been so demanding. In the prologue on Friday I rode very badly, so on Saturday I started the 43rd. I was pushing till I reached the third place and I even managed to catch Xavi León, but then I came down and I already clung to the third place. In the superfinal I started with the muscles somewhat touched, but also I have put wheel of Xavi and we stayed together at the trialera of Christmas. It was later when he left me behind. My next target is the Romaniacs, which I will race for the first time in three weeks.”