The fight for victory at round four of the World Enduro Super Series heats up as Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young claims the win on Off Road Day 2 at Red Bull Romaniacs.

 

The battle for top honours in this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs continues to be a three-way affair as Wade Young, Manuel Lettenbichler and Jonny Walker set the pace at the head of the field. 

After an incredibly tough opening day in the mountains, the competitors from 53 nations in the 15th edition of the race faced a shorter course for Off Road Day 2. Hard in places but offering breath taking mountain top Enduro riding in others, it was a day to savour for many.

 

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At the sharp end of the field, the battle for Gold class honours raged on. Leading the field out, Lettenbichler was chased down by Young and Walker. At checkpoint four, WESS points leader Walker had eliminated the six-minute gap to his rivals as the trio broke away from the rest of the field. Arriving almost together at the service point, it was too close to call.

 

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Young pulls clear 

But the afternoon told a slightly different story. Holding station at the front, Young managed to weaken Walker’s grip on him. Pulling clear, and bringing Lettenbichler with him, the duo crossed the finish line two minutes ahead of Walker to give the South African the stage win and the overall lead in the race. 

“Overall, it’s been another good day.” Said Young after today’s stage. “I’m enjoying the long days on the bike and seem to build my pace more and more towards the end. This morning Jonny and Manni were really pushing the pace, I wasn’t 100 per cent comfortable and so had to sit back. During the afternoon I relaxed into it more and brought the fight to them. We’re only halfway into the race so there’s still two big days to come but, like I said, I’m enjoying it and so that’s got to be a good thing running this pace.”

 

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Walker ups his pace

When the dust settled and overall times were corrected, Walker’s morning efforts saw him split Young and Lettenbichler to end his day as runner-up: “This morning went really well and I was able to pressure Manni and Wade.” Said Walker. “In the afternoon I found it hard to get the same traction on some of the hills and lost a bit of time. I was falling back a little so just tried to ride smooth and limit the damage as best I could. There’s two days left to race, so there’s everything to play for.”

 

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Taddy getting in the groove

With Lettenbichler in third it was a good day for Taddy Blazusiak getting into the swing of the Romaniacs on day two with an impressive fourth place. “I hurt my shoulder yesterday in a crash so I wasn’t sure how today would go.” Taddy explained. “The slippery conditions and a sore shoulder made it tough to properly control the bike but I’m fighting on. Considering everything I’m happy with fourth today, because this is also only my second time racing with GPS. My confidence is growing on the navigation side of things and I’m looking forward to tomorrow to improve again.”

 

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The fight for fifth was incredibly tight between British trio Paul Bolton, Billy Bolt and Graham Jarvis. Only one-minute separated the three riders after over six hours of racing, with Bolton claiming the top five result over Bolt and Jarvis. All three were around 10 minutes back on Blazusiak and Jarvis now sits almost 50 minutes back overall from race leader, Wade Young.

 

Battle rages through the classes

In the Silver class there was a change of stage winner as Micheal Walkner got the better of Dieter Rudolf, while Robert Nowark was third. Rudolf continues to lead.

Jean-Michel Vigand was the winner of the Bronze class, 12-minute clear of Norman Thomas with Jond Christophe placed third. Despite ending his day in ninth, Brazil’s Gianino Coscarelli continues to lead but sees his advantage reduced to two minutes over Czech Republic’s Bieri Marc.

Mindaugas Simkevicius took the Iron class win from Markus Oberndorfer and Tom Oberndorfer. Simkevicius remains on top of the category.

Now entering the second half of this year’s Hard Enduro Rallye, the race turns back towards Sibiu, leaving behind the region of Straja and Petrosani.

 

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Results Red Bull Romaniacs, Off Road Day 2:

Gold Class

  1. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 5:51:17
  2. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 5:51:59 
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 5:54:16 
  4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 6:08:33 
  5. Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) 6:17:51 
  6. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 6:18:39 
  7. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 6:18:54 
  8. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 6:45:01 
  9. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 6:59:05 
  10. David Cyprian (KTM – CZE) 7:01:13

Silver Class

  1. Michael Walkner (AUT) 5:45:02 
  2. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 5:46:59 
  3. Robert Nowak (AUS) 5:56:43 
  4. Josu Artola (ESP) 5:58:24 
  5. Stefan Simpson (GBR) 5:58:39

Bronze Class

  1. Jean-Michel Vigand (FRA) 3:50:06 
  2. Norman Thomas (NZL) 4:02:07
  3. Jond Christophe (FRA) 4:02:36
  4. Bruno Freitas (PRT) 4:05:44 
  5. Mark Tielemans (NLD) 4:06:55

Iron Class

  1. Mindaugas Simkevicius (LTU) 2:11:08 
  2. Markus Oberndorfer (AUT) 2:13:01 
  3. Tom Oberndorfer (GER) 2:21:47 
  4. Antanas Lucinskas (LTU) 2:22:42 
  5. Markus Beeler (CHE) 2:27:02

Provisional Classification (After Day 2)

Gold Class

  1. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 14:08:41. 
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 14:12:37 
  3. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 14:21:32 
  4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 14:54:17 
  5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 15:11:13 
  6. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 15:23:15 
  7. Paul Bolton (KTM - GB) 15:25:12 
  8. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 15:55:42. 
  9. David Cyprian (KTM – CZE) 16:31:42 
  10. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 16:38:54

Silver Class

  1. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 13:55:01 
  2. Josu Artola (ESP) 15:22:22 
  3. Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 15:37:35 
  4. Michael Walkner (AUT) 15:40:28 
  5. Stefan Simpson (GBR) 15:52:28

Bronze Class

  1. Gianino Coscarelli (BRA) 12:47:28 
  2. Bieri Marc (CHE) 13:00:07 
  3. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 13:10:58 
  4. Andreas Maier (AUT) 13:42:47 
  5. Aivars Kukojs (LVA) 13:46:54

Iron Class

  1. Mindaugas Simkevicius (LTU) 13:41:46 
  2. Dani Coufal (ESP) 14:21:03 
  3. Antanas Lucinskas (LTU) 15:27:38 
  4. Markus Oberndorfer (AUT) 15:30:22 
  5. Markus Beeler (CHE) 16:23:30