South African, Wade Young takes record-breaking win as the 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs lives up to its ‘World’s Toughest Hard Enduro Rallye’ billing.

 

22-year-old Sherco Factory Racing rider Wade Young has entered the record books by winning the 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs. At the end of an epic week-long battle, Young was joined on the podium by closest challenger all week Manuel Lettenbichler. Jonny Walker finished in third and remains the World Enduro Super Series points leader after four of the eight round series.

In a very global Romaniacs results list Austria’s Dieter Rudolf won the Silver category, Brazil’s Gianino Coscarelli claimed victory the Bronze victory and Lithuania’s Mindaugas Simkevicius topped the Iron class. 

 

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Decisive day four

With just four minutes separating Young and Lettenbichler entering the final day of racing at Red Bull Romaniacs, the outcome was too close to call. 

Young led the field away and pushed hard from the off. But Lettenbichler was making time in the early sections and by the midway point had caught up to Young, bringing Walker with him.

On a technical climb after the service point Lettenbichler found a way past the Sherco rider and suddenly it looked like the fight for victory was weighing in the 20-year-old German’s favour. However, the South African had other ideas and after taking a moment to regroup he made his break with about 20 kilometres to go. 

Pulling clear, Young charged his way into the Gusterita finishing arena and achieved a life-long goal to win Romaniacs: “I can’t believe it, I am over the moon to have won. It’s been such a long race and so tough. Manni caught me early on today. He would gap me on the hills and then I would have to charge on the fast sections to reel him back in. It went like that for the whole day right until the last couple of checkpoints where I was able to break away from him before the finish. It’s always been my goal to win here and now I’ve managed to tick that box. It’s the toughest race in the world and it feels awesome to have won it.”

 

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Letti pushes all the way

Ending his participation in the 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs in the best possible way with victory on the final day, Lettenbichler also secured his debut Red Bull Romaniacs’ podium result: “That was so gnarly.” Said Lettenbichler at the finish. “Wade and myself pushed hard today and rode it like a motocross race – a six-hour motocross! I gave my best to try and keep him behind me, but every time I gapped him, he fought back. My strength this year was on the hills — I think that comes down to training, good bike set up and determination. With a podium result at three rounds of the WESS championship things are starting to look good. Jonny has a bit of an advantage, but the gap is reducing.”

 

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For Walker, another strong ride saw him cement his position of third overall in the Hard Enduro Rallye. However, with Lettenbichler securing his third top three result this season, he now moves to within 185 points of series leader Walker as they tick off the fourth round in the championship.

“Congratulations to Wade and Manni — those guys were really on it for the whole event.” Walker commented after the podium. “I gave my all today and I’m pleased with the outcome of this race as I had plenty of issues during it. But I kept pushing on and focused on maintaining my lead in WESS. I’m looking forward to the next round — Red Bull 111 Megawatt. I’ve won it three times, so I’ll be pushing for a fourth.”

 

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Behind the top three, Billy Bolt finished fifth on the final day of racing to end his Red Bull Romaniacs in fourth overall. Building pace throughout the week, a very happy Alfredo Gomez took fourth on Off Road Day 4 to complete the top five in the overall classification.

Just missing out on an overall top five position, Paul Bolton was sixth, while David Cyprian was seventh. South Africa’s Blake Gutzeit was eighth, Mario Roman ninth and Philipp Scholz rounded out the top 10.

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round five at Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland on September 8-9.

Results Red Bull Romaniacs, Off Road Day 4:

Gold Class

  1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 4:58:48
  2. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 5:00:37 
  3. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 5:06:17 
  4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 5:19:23 
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 5:24:48 
  6. David Cyprian (KTM – CZE) 5:56:18 
  7. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 5:56:31 
  8. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 5:56:45 
  9. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 6:01:09 
  10. Philipp Scholz (KTM – DEU) 6:17:53

Silver Class

  1. Michael Walkner (AUT) 4:44:27 
  2. Josu Artola (ESP) 4:53:10 
  3. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 4:53:48 
  4. Dave Wood (GBR) 5:16:54 
  5. Stefan Simpson (GBR) 5:18:22

Bronze Class

  1. Fausto Mota (PRT) 4:13:11 
  2. Jean-Michel Vigand (FRA) 4:24:50 
  3. Gianino Coscarelli (BRA) 4:34:27 
  4. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 4:35:48 
  5. Gethin Francombe (GBR) 4:37:18

Iron Class

  1. Mindaugas Simkevicius (LTU) 4:18:00 
  2. Markus Oberndorfer (AUT) 4:20:58 
  3. Antanas Lucinskas (LTU) 4:28:04 
  4. Timothy Lightfoot (AUS) 4:45:44 
  5. Markus Beeler (CHE) 4:46:20

Provisional Final Overall Classification

Gold Class

  1. Wade Young (Sherco - RSA) 26:03:15 
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 26:05:30 
  3. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 26:39:22 
  4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 28:27:36 
  5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 28:55:17 
  6. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 29:43:36 
  7. David Cyprian (KTM – CZE) 31:12:43 
  8. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 31:44:26 
  9. Marion Roman (Sherco – ESP) 32:07:30 
  10. Philipp Scholz (KTM – DEU) 33:53:15

Silver Class

  1. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 24:11:06 
  2. Michael Walkner (AUT) 25:57:30 
  3. Josu Artola (ESP) 26:09:14 
  4. Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 26:50:07 
  5. Stefan Simpson (GBR) 27:17:11

Bronze Class

  1. Gianino Coscarelli (BRA) 22:44:27 
  2. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 23:00:30 
  3. Fausto Mota (PRT) 23:55:49 
  4. Andreas Maier (AUT) 24:00:46 
  5. Aivars Kukojs (LVA) 24:11:06

Iron Class

  1. Mindaugas Simkevicius (LTU) 22:45:24 
  2. Antanas Lucinskas (LTU) 24:43:03 
  3. Markus Oberndorfer (AUT) 24:46:52 
  4. Markus Beeler (CHE) 226:30:27 
  5. Maksim Gusevskii (RUS) 27:16:52

Provisional World Enduro Super Series Standings (after 4 of 8 rounds)

  1. Jonny Walker (GBR) 2900 points 
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER) 2715 pts 
  3. Billy Bolt (GBR) 2520 pts 
  4. Wade Young (RSA) 2220 pts 
  5. Paul Bolton (GBR) 1832 pts 
  6. Graham Jarvis (GBR) 1818 pts
  7. Josep Garcia (ESP) 1750 pts 
  8. Taddy Blazusiak (POL) 1445 pts
  9. Travis Teasdale (RSA) 1410 pts
  10. Lars Enockl (AUT) 1351 pts