Husqvarna’s Graham Jarvis added yet another victory to his 2016 tally with a win at the Ukupacha Extreme Enduro in Ecuador.
After a controversial end to the event, Jarvis was joined on the podium by teammate Mario Roman in second and Alfredo Gomez (KTM) in third.
Initially it looked as though Roman had won the race having narrowly beaten Gomez across the finish line with Jarvis less than one minute behind in third.
From the off Gomez set the pace pulling 10 minutes clear at the halfway marker. Despite the challenging 3000 metres plus of altitude, both Jarvis and Roman stepped it up and reeled Gomez back in with Roman winning on the road (no pun intended).
But a look at GPS systems showed that both Gomez and Roman broke a speed limit travelling 25 km/h faster in a 75 km/h section of roadway. They were then docked 10 minutes for the error.
Commenting on Instagram, Roman was both confused and disappointed by the ruling…
“After reviewing my GPS and Alfredo Gomez' the organisation has decided to penalise us with 10 minutes for passing us 25 km / h in an urban area where there was no specified start signal or end zone of 75 km / h.
“Traffic rules on both roads and in urban areas are shown with a speed limit signal at the point where the limited speed starts and ends. In the races I've run with GPS like Romaniacs it does exactly the same. Signal of start of limited speed, and later sign of end of limited speed.
“Today I have lost the victory and it has seemed super unfair. First you have to make a regulation in conditions, and then you can penalise pilots or do what you see fit.”
It’s not the first time the race has seen strange endings. In 2013 the course was too difficult to complete forcing Jarvis and Gomez - then Husaberg teammates - to team up becoming joint winners and only finishers.