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Sherco´s Mario Roman put in a dominant ride to take victory on day two of the Spanish Hixpania Hard Enduro.

Setting the pace, Roman led home the KTM duo of Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gomez, who placed second and third respectively in the 48-kilometre long, three-lap Campoo Xtreme race.

“I am very happy with my performance today,” told Roman. “When I took the lead I started pushing hard and by the end of lap two I had a good gap on Jonny and Alfredo.”

“I continued to push hard during the third lap and was able to come away with the win.

“I´m looking forward to tomorrow, it will be a completely different race, but I’ll do my best and I hope I can get the overall victory.”

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For day two of Hixpania, the Campoo Xtreme race saw riders tackle a 48-kilometre loop, ridden three times, around Aguilar’s lake, which featured a mixture of technical riding and fast sections.

The race kicked off at 9am with a motocross style start. Gomez took the holeshot, but it was the Husqvarna pairing of Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt who led the field of riders through the tricky lakeside boulders.

But with all the top riders in close contention, the lead position changed hands continuously throughout lap one.

Beta´s Pol Tarres headed the pack to start lap two but by now Roman was eager to make his move.

Shooting into the lead, he pushed hard to breakaway. Walker was next to follow but was unable to reel the Sherco rider in and ultimately had to settle for second as Roman pulled clear on lap three for victory.

“Mario was on it today”, said Walker. “He didn´t hold back on the final lap.

“With yesterday´s win in the prologue and second today, I´m leading the overall with Mario, so it´s game on for tomorrow.”

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Coming in behind the top two, Gomez picked up third, with Jarvis fourth and Bolt fifth.

“I had a great start and I was first heading into the forest,” confirmed Gomez. “But the race was very fast and making mistakes was not permitted.

“I made a mistake near the end of lap one. I tried to push to get back to the top spot but because of the speed of the race I couldn’t make it.”

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The fast sections and the perfect grip in the technical ones resulted in a nightmare for riders to choose the right tyres.

Bolt was one rider who ran into trouble with his moose, resulting in an extended pitstop on lap two to replace it. He regrouped well to grab fifth.

“I was doing great but between lap one and two my moose and tyre were completely destroyed,” explained Bolt.

“I slowed down until I got to the service point and then managed to replace it before continuing on.

“For the last lap I put on a hard moose and a hard tyre and it seemed to work better” affirmed Billy Bolt.

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Sunday is the last day of Hixpania with the Camino Perdido race. The top 50 riders from Knight (Pro) class, plus top five from Archers and Squires categories will take part in the two-hour 30-minute extreme race.

But with rain now falling and more forecast, things are about to get spicy at Hixpania.


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Igor Aguada
Staff Writer