Rider of the Year 2016

There is still one prize left to collect from 2016 and that’s enduro21.com’s Rider of the Year.

Here are the list of nominees to vote for. Only you can decide the winner, so get voting…

Rider of the Year voting closes Tuesday January 31st.

Winning the 2016 Dakar Rally in only his second time of asking, Toby Price dominated the headlines for January. It was an incredibly calculated and crafted ride from the Australian — one that easily surpassed his experience in the world’s toughest rally.

Building a comfortable point’s lead in the 2016 SuperEnduro World Championship’s South American venture to Argentina and Brazil, Walker ended February on top form and a favourite to win the world title. Preforming at his best gave him the nod for February’s Rider of the Month.

Aside from SuperEnduro world champion, it’s hard to describe Colton Haaker as anything but March’s Rider of the Month. Entering the final two rounds of SuperEnduro over 20 points behind, even Haaker admitted to being an outside bet for the title. But it turned out that title chase was far from over and by putting in the six best rides of his season when it mattered most, Haaker won and history was made.

Tearing up the pre-season form book, Matt Phillips and Sherco ended the second round of the EnduroGP World Championship with the points lead in hand. Based on Phillips’ results during the Italian nationals, his EnduroGP form surprised everyone. But as they say, testing is just testing and it’s the results in racing that do the real talking. Four days in and two outright wins later saw Phillips and Sherco leading the way to what would eventually become the EnduroGP title.

May’s award easily went to Graham Jarvis. His domination of Erzberg’s Hare Scramble was beyond impressive. It was almost unnatural. Not even the Iron Giant itself could slow him down. Jarvis was almost packed up and ready for home by the time anyone else finished.

Claiming his first world stage victory with a day two Enduro 1 class win in Sweden, Nathan Watson got our nod for June’s Rider of the Month. Sitting fifth overall in the EnduroGP standings and a firm second in E1, Watson was the best performing rookie this year, looking the real deal too.

July’s Rider of the Month deservedly went to Giacomo Redondi. It felt like a long time coming but the Italian finally locked down the Enduro Junior World title at the penultimate round of the series in Italy that eluded him for a few years. With 14 wins from 14 starts in 2016, he unquestionably made the class his own.

From start to finish, Cody Webb owned the TKO. Every time he put a wheel on the track he was fastest. Fluid, flawless, first — Webb was fantastic to watch as he put his wealth of trails experience and insane throttle control to work over some gnarly rocks and boulders. Adding a fourth TKO win to his 2016 Erzberg runner-up result shows Webb is one of the main players in Hard Enduro right now and for that alone deserved August’s Rider of the Month.

You always remember your first. Clinching his debut world crown, Steve Holcombe’s rise to the top of enduro has been a fast and triumphant one. Becoming 2016’s Enduro 3 World Champion and British Enduro Champion in consecutive weekends ensured he was awarded September’s Rider of the Month.

Is there any end to Taylor Robert’s talent on a dirt bike? Enduro, extreme, endurocross, Baja and backflips. Winning the 2016 ISDE outright, Robert categorically proved he’s one of the best enduro riders in the business right now and rightfully claimed October’s Rider of the Month.

Hanging it out, Alfredo Gomez was solid at the Hixpania Hard Enduro, doing exactly what he needed to do to win when it needed doing. A home race offered a lot of additional pressure for the Spaniard but he kept his cool, riding on to the top step of the podium Sunday evening.

For all he’s given and won in enduro, it’s quite possible that the opening round of the 2016/17 SuperEnduro World Championship may well become his most memorable race. Signing off in style, Blazusiak erupted a wave of emotion and respect from the world of enduro that may never be repeated again.

Enduro21.com Rider of the Year 2016

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