Alfredo Gomez KTM 300 EXC Hixpania 2017 1200

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This weekend’s Spanish Hixpania marks the final major stop of the 2017 hard enduro season on European soil and it’s defending champion Alfredo Gomez chasing a home win.

Running away with victory in 2016, Gomez then proved the rider to beat, as the inaugural running of the Spanish hard enduro delivered the home win so many had come to see.

Back then Gomez kept his cool during the main event’s multi-lap extreme loop to hold off Graham Jarvis and fellow Spaniard Mario Roman.

With a whopping 300-plus competitors and an even deeper pool of hard enduro talent entered for this weekend’s race, starting Friday, the pressure is most certainly on for the KTM rider.

Jarvis eyes up Spanish success

But having won June’s ErzbergRodeo, Gomez has shown he can certainly handle pressure.

As one of the few races he’s yet to win — well it is only year two, so we’ll give him time — Jarvis will undoubtedly have the bit between his teeth.

The wins have come thick and fast for Jarvis in 2017 — Ales Treme, Hell’s Gate, Minas Riders, Red Bull Romaniacs and most recently Red Bull Sea to Sky — will Hixpania deliver another?

 

Graham Jarvis Husqvarna TE 300 Hixpania 2017 1200

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Searching for that first big one of 2017, Mario Roman looks to go two steps better in 2016.

He’s been on song, placing as runner-up at both Megawatt and Sea to Sky, and both are arguably the polar opposite to each other. 

Hixpania could become the moment he breaks through and rises to the top step of the podium.

Jonny Walker is another rider with a point to prove. Aside from claiming his third consecutive Megawatt crown, podium pie has been a bit scarce in Walker’s corner.

Friday night’s superenduro styled prologue should weigh in his favour. 

And so too will Sunday’s multi-lap race — a format he always excels at.

Podium beckons for Bolt

Billy Bolt is another rider sure to be in the hunt for honours. He’s been consistently stepping things up a notch with each outing. 

Snatching fifth from Walker at Sea to Sky is testament to that and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see him pull another strong result out of the bag.

A debut hard enduro podium may well be on the cards for Bolt in Spain.

Despite it being the last major European race for 2017, the talent pool is still deep.

Lars Enockl, Pol Tarres — back from his runner-up result in Australia’s Wildwood Rock, Ranna Uusna, Leon brothers Xavi and Sergi, rising Spanish star Nachette Fernandez and more will be in the mix to ensure tight racing throughout.

 

Hixpania — Schedule

Friday, November 3: Medieval Closure

Hixpania Village open

Spain Square

17.00 - 20.30h. Prologue Super Encierro.

Hixpania Village

19.00 - 22:00h 

 

Saturday November 4: Enduro Campoó X-treme

Hixpania Village

9.00 - 15.00h Campoo X-treme

15.00h Vermouth with DJS session

18:30h PRO pilots presentation

Hixpania Fest

20.00h Awards.

21.00h Dinner and queimada with spell

23.00h Concert of The Inhumans

00.30h Party Chili Out Dj María Arias Bulnes

Sunday November 5: Mites Lost Path

Stadium Area

11.00h Start of Myths The Lost Path

14.00h End of Myths The Lost Road and Podium

 

Hixpania Map & Programme

 

Information

www.hixpania.es