With another stage win during Off Road Day 3, Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young is on the verge of taking his debut Red Bull Romaniacs crown.

 

Putting in a near-perfect ride today in Romania, Wade Young secured his second consecutive stage win over Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler and Jonny Walker and in doing so edged closer to victory at round four of the World Enduro Super Series.

“That was a really long day today.” Said Wade at the Day 3 finish. “The hardest part was right at the beginning and it really took it out of you. I tried not to push too hard because I know how easy it is to burn yourself out. I stayed relaxed, didn’t make any huge mistakes and aimed for the finish. 

“I knew I had a bit of a gap over Manni today so that let me relax a bit and I think it helped me to stay smooth. There’s still one day to go tomorrow and my plan is to ride similar to today – don’t push too hard and get to the finish in one piece. If the result comes, then it’s time to celebrate but it’s too early to think about that yet!”

 

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Dramatic day heading back to Sibiu

For the fourth day of racing at the Red Bull Romaniacs, competitors enjoyed their first full day of sunshine as they headed back towards Sibiu. The addition of sunshine eased the aching pains of the previous days ahead of another long and demanding day in the saddle.

Drama struck early on with Gold class big hitters Graham Jarvis and Taddy Blazusiak notable retirements. Blazusiak was first to fall foul when a bout of food poisoning prevented him from taking the start. Jarvis, reached an early spectator point before calling it quits having felt unwell.

At the head of the Gold class there was no change to the running order of the top three with Young, Lettenbichler and Walker continuing to set the pace. Young lead the field out, remaining there for the entire day, pulling a slight advantage over Lettenbichler to increase his race lead to four minutes with one day remaining. Walker in third didn’t have an answer to his younger rivals today, finishing 17 minutes back. 

 

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Gomez getting stronger

Claiming his best stage result in this year’s race, Alfredo Gomez placed an impressive fourth, 30 minutes down on Walker. It’s great to see Gomez returning to form following his pre-season knee injury. Enduring an up and down day, Gomez’ teammate Billy Bolt placed two minutes behind in fifth to move up to fourth in the overall classification.

Despite suffering with a broken finger sustained in Tuesday’s prologue, Racing’s Mario Roman pushed past the pain barrier to place sixth, while Paul Bolton, David Cyprian, Blake Gutzeit and Phillip Scholz completed the top 10.

 

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"Easier" days for Silver, Bronze and Iron classes

In the Silver class there was no stopping Austria’s Dieter Rudolf as he claimed his second Off Road Day victory of the Hard Enduro Rallye. “Today was a lot easier than the days before, I feel a lot stronger now than I did at the finish of day two – that was really tough. Today went a lot better, the track was really good fun and flowed nicely – I really enjoyed it. We’ve one day left and I am looking forward to getting to the finish, hopefully I can keep a hold of the lead and take the win.”

Rudolf placed 10 minutes clear of yesterday’s winner Michael Walkner in second with Josu Artola third. Rudolf is now favourite to secure Silver class honours in the 15th edition of Red Bull Romaniacs.

 

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The Bronze class saw France’s Jean-Michel Vigand continue his run of form to claim another stage win. “That was a really cool day today. The first few checkpoints were quite tough but after that we got into some nice riding and it was a really nice day. The course was a good combination of speed and technical sections but the ground is still very wet after the rain over the past few days.”

Vigand took victory over Fausto Moto and Slovenia’s Milos Novakovic. In the Iron class Mindaugas Simkevicius extended his race lead claiming victory over Antanas Lucinskas and Tom Oberndorfer. However, with only four minutes separating the trio at the finish line the battle was closely fought all day.

 

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With just one day of racing remaining in this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs, Young will attempt to become the youngest ever winner of the Hard Enduro Rallye, while also becoming the first rider to stand on the top step of the Red Bull Romaniacs podium for Sherco since Graham Jarvis in 2008.

 

Red Bull Romaniacs, Off Road Day 3 Resuts:

Gold Class

  1. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 6:53:57
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 6:54:05 
  3. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 7:11:33
  4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 7:40:12 
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 7:42:33 
  6. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 8:11:08 
  7. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 8:21:53 
  8. David Cyprian (KTM – CZE) 8:44:43 
  9. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 9:30:48 
  10. Philipp Scholz (KTM – DEU) 9:30:59

 

Silver Class

  1. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 5:22:17
  2. Michael Walkner (AUT) 5:32:35 
  3. Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 5:47:49 
  4. Josu Artola (ESP) 5:53:42 
  5. Matthew Green (ZAF) 5:58:24

 

Bronze Class

  1. Jean-Michel Vigand (FRA) 3:50:06 
  2. Fausto Mota (PRT) 5:09:18 
  3. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 5:13:44 
  4. Fabien Choffat (CHE) 5:15:26 
  5. Jond Christophe (FRA) 5:17:58

 

Iron Class

  1. Mindaugas Simkevicius (LTU) 4:44:38
  2. Antanas Lucinskas (LTU) 4:46:21 
  3. Tom Oberndorfer (GER) 4:48:04 
  4. Markus Oberndorfer (AUT) 4:55:32 
  5. Maksim Gusevskii (RUS) 5:18:57

 

Provisional Classification (After Day 2)

Gold Class

  1. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 21:02:38 
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 21:06:42
  3. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 21:33:05 
  4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 23:02:48 
  5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 23:35:54 
  6. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 23:47:05 
  7. David Cyprian (KTM – CZE) 16:31:42 
  8. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 26:06:21 
  9. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 26:09:42 
  10. Philipp Scholz (KTM – DEU) 27:49:22

 

Silver Class

  1. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 19:17:18
  2. Michael Walkner (AUT) 21:13:03 
  3. Josu Artola (ESP) 21:16:04 
  4. Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 21:25:24 
  5. Stefan Simpson (GBR) 21:58:49

 

Bronze Class

  1. Gianino Coscarelli (BRA) 18:10:00 
  2. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 18:24:42 
  3. Aivars Kukojs (LVA) 19:19:45  
  4. Andreas Maier (AUT) 19:23:18 
  5. Fausto Mota (PRT) 19:42:38

 

Iron Class

  1. Mindaugas Simkevicius (LTU) 18:26:24 
  2. Antanas Lucinskas (LTU) 20:13:59 
  3. Markus Oberndorfer (AUT) 20:25:54 
  4. Markus Beeler (CHE) 21:44:07 
  5. Maksim Gusevskii (RUS) 22:00:03