Billy Bolt claims his first Red Bull Romaniacs Prologue victory ahead of Wade Young and Taddy Blazusiak.

 

Round four of the World Enduro Super Series got off to an exciting start with teh prologue today where Billy Bolt claimed Gold class honours. With the streets of Sibiu lined with thousands of Enduro fans, three action-packed finals concluded the opening day’s action in mixed weather conditions. Brazilian Gianino Coscarelli claimed the Bronze class victory in the first of the finals, while Austria’s Dieter Rudolf proved the rider to beat in the Silver category.

Setting the fastest time in a wet qualification session, Manuel Lettenbichler was keen to turn that speed into a winning result in the 35-rider Gold class final. However, Bolt had other ideas and immediately took control of the race lead following the Le Mans style start.

 

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With the track heaving with competitors, the British rider kept his cool as he navigated the obstacles with an ease the rest of the field didn’t master. Opening up an ever-increasing lead during the 15-minute final, Bolt lapped the entire field to claim the win. 

“It feels great to get a win in the bag already.” Said Volt after the final. “I know it’s only the beginning of a very long race but it definitely offers a good sense of confidence and motivation heading into the mountains tomorrow. The race was perfect for me — I think I led it from start to finish and lapped every rider. But of course tomorrow will be a different story. With this win I can start as the third rider and then see what happens.”

Behind him however the race was anything but sedate as Young, Blazusiak, Lettenbichler and WESS series’ leader Jonny Walker all battled for the podium positions. With a couple of laps to go, Young pulled clear to claim the runner-up result: “I’m really pleased with second place. I think it’s actually my first time finishing on the podium in the prologue, which is cool to finally get that done. It’s always impossible to know where you are in this race after a couple of laps. I knew I was in a good position and I was riding well but safe. I’m keen for tomorrow, I feel ready for it this year and want to put in a strong ride from the off.”

 

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Blazusiak got the better of Lettenbichler on the final lap to grab third: “I watched the prologue last year and it looked like so much fun so it’s been good to race it. The track rode really well and luckily it stayed dry too. It’s cool to be on the podium but third is a bittersweet position to be in as it means I’ll lead out tomorrow due to the reversed start order of the top three. I don’t have a lot of GPS experience, so with no tracks to follow it’s going to be an interesting start but I’ll give it my best, that’s for sure.”

 

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Jonny Walker completed the top five, with Pol Tarres sixth. Aiming for his seventh Red Bull Romaniacs victory, Graham Jarvis — the 2017 winner — got his week off to a comfortable start with seventh.

With the prologue complete, the starting order for the top three Gold class riders is reversed and will see Blazusiak lead the field out for the opening off road day, with Young second and Bolt third. The first off road day is set to be a challenging one as the competitors face a 160-kilometre ride across the Carpathian Mountains to Petrosani for the first of two overnight bivouacs.

 

Results - Red Bull Romaniacs Prologue Gold class

  1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 11 laps, 17:50.377 
  2. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 10 laps, 17:56.627 
  3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 17:58.377 
  4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 17:59.877 
  5. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 18:17.127 
  6. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 18:34.130 
  7. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 18:55.377 
  8. Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) 19:04.880 
  9. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 19:39.130 
  10. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha - RSA) 9 laps, 18:48.377

Silver Class

  1. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 6 laps, 13:31.943 
  2. Robert Nowak (AUS) 5 laps, 13:35.453 
  3. Matthew Green (RSA) 5 laps, 13:39.943 
  4. Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 13:53.443 
  5. Robert Scharf (DEU) 14:01.697

Bronze Class

  1. Gianino Coscarelli (BRA) 4 laps, 13:40.460 
  2. Fabien Choffat (CHE) 16:40.747 
  3. Matthew Hannaford (AUS) 16:44.457 
  4. Bieri Marc (CHE) 18:44.963 
  5. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 18:18.963

 

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