Machete Hard Enduro 2019 preview: Big names lined up for jungle race

World’s best hard enduro riders soaking up the sun and jungle life as Dominican Republic plays host to the 2019 Machete Hard Enduro this weekend. 


Now into its fourth edition, The Machete Hard Enduro will see 200 riders from different countries will take on the Dominican jungle, but not before enjoying the Caribbean beaches. Among the riders are some of the big names in hard enduro coming together for the first time this season before they head into the thick of battle at round one of the World Enduro Super Series in Portugal.

Graham Jarvis, Jonny Walker, Manuel Lettenbichler, Mario Román and Wade Young are the headline acts in the Pro class ready to compete in the Dominican jungle on Sunday.


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Billing itself as the most important hard enduro in America, The Machete Hard Enduro stands as something a little different on the international hard and extreme enduro calendar. 

Machete runs with the idea of linking the hard enduro event with the origin of one of the most popular tourist regions in the world. Riders had a shake down photoshoot next to the San Felipe fort of Puerto Plata ( XVI century).

Clearly life is a bit of a beach and riders say it is one of the most enjoyable events of the season because there is a mix between holidays and competition. 

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Riders, such as the legend Graham Jarvis have also scouted the course for Sunday’s main race and think this year the track will have more quality due to the work of newly appointed track manager, Andreas Lettenbichler, one of the signings stars on the part of the organization.

Intense heat and humidity are part of the essence that make Machete Hard Enduro one of the most intense races of the season.

The Beach Prolog on April 27 sees the start of the event with different motos for all participants. On April 28 riders then head out into the jungle for a tough challenge. 

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Photo credit: Irina Gorodnyakova
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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester