Mario Roman puts his Sherco on the top step of the podium to win the Alestrem Hard Enduro in France.
Placing as runner-up in 2017, Roman made no mistakes this time around to claim victory. Graham Jarvis and Wade Young joined him on the podium in second and third respectively.
“I’m delighted with this result,” told Roman at the end of the three-lap, 150 kilometre long race. “I felt good all weekend, winning the prologue on Saturday and now the main event is amazing.
“It’s a tough race, although laps one and two are easier the distance adds to the difficulty level. The final lap was really hard in places but I had a good rythym going, clearing each tough section and was able to push on to take the win.”
Photo Credit: Robert Lynn
For Jarvis, 2018, the fourth edition of Alestrem, didn’t deliver another win despite his best efforts.
Placing well on the opening two laps, the Husqvarna rider was happy to let both Roman and Young lead knowing the tougher sections were yet to come.
But snagging his clutch hosing on a branch, saw him without a clutch just before beginning the crucial final lap.
Rapid repairs in the pits by mechanic Damien Butler to replace the clutch saw him get going in fourth, albeit over 10 minutes and more behind the leaders.
Putting everything into the final lap, Jarvis managed to fight his way back to second but couldn’t make a challenge for the win.
“Congratulations to Mario he rode great and I was looking forward to battling with him on the final lap,” said Jarvis.
“Unfortunately my clutch broke and I thought my race was over but somehow Damien fixed it in a couple of minutes. That saved my race for sure.”
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After leading the way early on, Young wasn’t able to keep the pace of Roman and had to settle for third.
“I have a good pace going early on and was feeling good,” told Young. “But I damaged my rear brake lever and that made things difficult. The last lap was tough but I’m glad to get home in third.”
Teasdale cards fourth
Giving the top three a serious run for their money early on, Travis Teasdale was riding good in his Beta debut.
But some problems on lap three, running out of fuel three times, dropped him behind the front runners and he finished fourth.
“I had some problems on the final lap and really had to dig deep to get to the finish line,” said Teasdale.
“For my debut ride with Beta it was good, just a few problems towards the end but overall it was good.”
Results - Alestrem Hard Enduro
1. Mario Roman (Sherco)
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
3. Wade Young (Sherco)
4. Travis Teasdale (Beta)
*Final list of finishers to be confirmed.
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com