Round six of the World Enduro Super Series arrives in the UK this weekend with strong local talent gunning for Manuel Lettenbichler’s points lead.
WESS round six, the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country will see a whole heap of riders aiming for Manuel Lettenbichler’s points lead after Jonny Walker’s dramatic crash at Red Bull 111 Megawatt.
Walker will sit out his home round after breaking hand and wrist. His shock exit from the series lifted Lettenbichler into the lead but also renewed hope in the hungry pack as the series switches from hard and extreme events to cross-country and beach races.
Billy Bolt heads the home turf challenge – he sits second in the standings ahead of Romaniacs and Megawatt winner, Wade young who will not contest this weekend. Bolt is not short of determination nor local support and proved at Megawatt he has the stamina in the sand.
Josep Garcia and Nathan Watson have waited patiently for the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country to arrive – both have race experience at Hawkstone under their belts. Garcia is a serious contender for the top step of the podium on Sunday and knows he needs wins to gain back ground on his rivals.
Scoring a season’s best fifth at round five, Watson is another rider looking for a home win at a venue he knows well. The KTM rider sampled the spoils of victory at the 2017 running of the event and will no doubt use track knowledge to his advantage.
Firing on all cylinders following his terrific runner-up result last time out in Poland, Taddy Blazusiak will look to keep momentum rolling into Hawkstone Park. At home in the sandy Megawatt terrain, Blazusiak could be a podium threat again this weekend.
Sixth and eighth in the championship standings, Graham Jarvis and Paul Bolton are also eager to impress in their home race. Although both are more comfortable on Hard Enduro terrain, they will use home support to push hard in order to maintain their position in the championship top-10.
Seventh at round five, Travis Teasdale is a late entry for the event with help from Beta UK to get a bike ready. Travis will hope to maintain his top-10 position in the championship. Lars Enockl, Alfredo Gomez, Rannar Uusna and Jaume Betriu are keen to creep inside that top 10 also.
With some strong British wildcard talent entered, WESS regulars will also have some new faces to contend with. Newly crowned British Enduro 1 Champion, Honda’s Alex Snow is more than capable of a surprise result. Fourth in the 2018 European Junior E2/3 Championship, 18-year-old Jed Etchells is hungry to show his speed on the world stage. Adding in James Dent, Lee Sealey and Tom Ellwood ensures a top-15 result will be hard to come by at Hawkstone Park.
After the sands of Poland’s largest coal mine, more sand awaits riders at one of motorcycling’s most iconic venues for round six. Synonymous with Motocross, Trials and Enduro, Hawkstone Park has witnessed legendary battles between motorcycling’s greatest icons since the early 1950s.
Thanks to the efforts of Paul Edmondson - a multiple world enduro champion in his own right - and his Fast Eddy Racing organisational team that tradition continues in 2018 with the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country and the revival of the ‘Original Fast Eddy’ where more than 650 riders are set to compete.
Staged over two days, Saturday the feature event will be the Fast Eddy Sprint Enduro. A Motocross and Enduro special test will see competitors go against the clock as they battle for one of the 250 places available for Sunday’s ‘Original Fast Eddy’ Cross-Country.
The Cross-Country, two-and-a-half-hour race will be physically demanding on a 15-minute long lap utilising the both the MX track and woodland.
World Enduro Super Series Standings (After round 5 of 8):
- Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 3405
- Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 3290
- Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 3220
- Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 2900
- Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 2320
- Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 2308
- Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 2295
- Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) 2262
- Nathan Watson (KTM - GB) 1928
- Travis Teasdale (Beta - RSA) 1790
Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, event information:
Saturday, 22 September
Open Practice: 09.00 - 12.00hrs
Fast Eddy Sprint Enduro: 12.30 - 17.30hrs
Sunday, 23 September
Youth Race: 09.00 - 10.00hrs
Steady Eddy Race: 10.30 - 12.30hrs
Original Fast Eddy: 13.00 - 15.30hrs
More info on Fast Eddy Racing Facebook page.
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