Top five World Enduro Super Series results the target for Pol Tarres and new TTR Officine Rigamonti Team – countdown is on to round one Extreme Lagares on May 10.
Pol Tarres swapped Trials for Hard Enduro in 2017, progressing to compete in major events like ErzbergRodeo and Extreme Xl Lagares where, in 2017, he clocked a top five result.
On the back of a strong SuperEnduro season where he grabbed his first podium and finished fourth overall, the 25-year-old is taking on the full WESS season in 2019 with his new TTR Officine Rigamonti Team.
Closing the gap to the top guys is not easy though and Tarres knows it which is why hard training in the pre-season with the likes of Taddy Blazusiak are boosting confidence and giving the tall Spaniard targets for 2019…
Pol, are you looking forward to the WESS season ahead?
Pol Tarres: “Yes, definitely. I rode a few races last year and was really impressed, so it’s exciting to sign up for the full series. I’ve been training hard and I really want to show what I can do this year. I feel like I can get some top-five results.”
With a wealth of world-class riders competing in WESS, what are your targets for the 2019 season?
“I ride and train regularly with both Taddy Blazusiak and Alfredo Gomez, so they are my target to aim for. We push hard together and it allows me to see my level and where I’m at. I’m confident on the difficult sections due to my trials background, but overall they still have the edge, especially under race conditions. Their pace and experience is just something I don’t have yet, but all of the time I feel like I’m closing little-by-little. I want to get some top-five results this year but importantly I want to bridge that gap to them - that’s the ultimate goal.”
You’re now signed with TTR Officine Rigamonti Team for 2019, what is the feeling like in the team?
“The feeling in the team is amazing. They’re so professional about everything that it’s like I’m on an official factory team. They put a lot of attention to detail in the small things too and that gives you confidence as a rider. Before I had direct support but felt like a privateer organising everything else. Now it’s different. I’ve got a race bike and practice bike, which is perfect. I also have a full-time mechanic, which takes the stress out of preparing everything for a race. It’s been a huge difference to me as a rider. I’m more confident. I know the bike is perfect heading to the start line and that allows me as a racer to be much more competitive. I can focus on the race and the result.”
In the past you’ve claimed strong results in Extreme XL Lagares and ErzbergRodeo – those races are rounds one and three of the 2019 series, you must be focused on a strong start to the championship?
“Definitely! Although I haven’t done many years racing Enduro I’ve got some good results in those races. I really like Extreme XL Lagares. I was fourth in 2017 and then 10th last year, so I’m hoping for a strong result at round one. If I can do that then it will give me good confidence for the Erzbergrodeo. In between we have the Trefle Lozerien AMV, which is new to me. It’s not my favoured discipline but I will try to do my best. I have done some Classic Enduro in Spain but never abroad.”
You’ve also got two home races with Hixpania Hard Enduro in June and then the BR2 Solsona Enduro in October. Will that help your championship goals?
“Yeah, it’s cool to have two races in Spain - one Hard Enduro and one Classic Enduro. We’ve also got Extreme XL Lagares too, which - although in Portugal - is only about four hours from my home. I think it’s a good advantage for Spanish riders and will grow the interest for sure. With riders like Alfredo Gomez, Josep Garcia and myself racing it will be good for Spain.”
With regular Red Bull TV coverage and numerous rounds broadcast live like Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, is that exposure helping Enduro and in turn your profile as a rider?
“It’s amazing to see Enduro on the world stage like that with Red Bull TV - it’s making our sport more mainstream and famous like MXGP and MotoGP. I can also see it reflect in my own profile with more people following me on social media, too. It’s also cool that when my parents and family can’t come to the race they can still watch it live at home. I think that’s great and overall the extra exposure is good for sponsors.”
World Enduro Super Series – 2019 schedule:
Round 1: Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
Round 4: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) June 21-23
Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
Round 7: BR2 Enduro Solsona (Spain) October 5-6
Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2
More information: iRideWESS.com
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