The established stars of WESS grab like Jarvis and Walker might the grab headlines but who are the next generation of ready to topple the Pro riders at Red Bull Romaniacs 2019?
The World Enduro Super Series prides itself on being open to everyone. While the likes of Jarvis, Walker, Bolt and Young grab the headlines, amateur competitors will line-up for the Silver, Bronze and Iron classes at next week’s Red Bull Romaniacs by their hundreds.
But who are the riders to watch busting through those classes and ranks and challenging to be the next generation of riders in the world’s biggest events? Who are the young riders from around the globe making headway in this tough championship?
These riders – all 21 years or younger – are certainly not racing just to make up the numbers as they enter the unbelievably tough Gold class for the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye beginning July 30 on the streets of Sibiu.
Name: David Cyprian
Team JD Gunnex KTM
Czech Republic’s David Cyprian is one of the championship’s true privateers bringing the fight to the established stars on a regular basis. At the halfway point in the season, the JD Gunnex KTM rider holds down a very impressive top-15 position in the series standings.
However, expect his best to come at Red Bull Romaniacs. Seventh in 2018, Cyprian’s strengths lie in long distance races. A quietly-spoken rider who lets his riding do the talking, he likes to chip away at the results each day and get faster as the week goes on.
Name: Michael Walkner
Michael Walkner is a rider who is making his presence felt in 2019. The Austrian privateer, competing in his first full season of WESS, sits a competitive 18th overall after four rounds. The highlight of his season so far was a 17th place finish at Hixpania Hard Enduro.
For 2019, Walkner moves up to the Gold class at Red Bull Romaniacs having placed as the Silver class runner-up last year. A strong ride 12 months ago saw him win two off-road days and he’ll certainly be eager to use that experience to his advantage this time around.
Name: Will Hoare
Team: Eurotek KTM
Competing under the Eurotek KTM awning alongside his more experienced team-mate Travis Teasedale, British youngster Will Hoare sits 23rd overall in the WESS championship chase.
The reigning FIM SuperEnduro Junior World Champion is adapting well to his first full season of WESS and will look to impress in his debut Red Bull Romaniacs appearance. A rider with bags of natural talent, Hoare has a strong skill set, matched with a dogged-determination that should steer him in the right direction during the week long race in the Carpathian Mountains.
Name: Matthew Green
Nationality: South African
Team: Kargo Liqui Moly Racing
At just 17 years old, South Africa’s Matthew Green is one of the youngest riders contesting the top-tier classes in WESS. The Kargo Liqui Moly Racing rider has had mixed fortunes so far as he adapts to his first season in the mixed-discipline championship.
Qualifying inside the top-50 for round three at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, his race was frustratingly cut short when he was involved in a multi-rider crash on one of the many early climbs.
Determined to make amends at Hixpania Hard Enduro, he finished a confidence-boosting 22nd. Racing to sixth in the Silver class at last year’s Red Bull Romaniacs, he’ll contest the Gold class for 2019.
Name: Suff Sella
Israel’s Suff Sella is a young rider with the natural potential to become one of Enduro’s stars of the future. The 16-year-old has been gaining both experience and notoriety in Enduro since bursting onto the scene a few years ago when he raced a KTM 85cc.
Training under the watchful eye of Paul Bolton, Sella is growing in stature. Finishing 61st at the formidable Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, he’s ready for his first outing in the Gold class at Red Bull Romaniacs.
Name: Alessandro Azzalini
Team: TTR Officine Rigamonti
Racing for TTR Officine Rigamonti for 2019, Italy’s Alessandro Azzalini enters round five placed 26th overall in the championship standings.
Experiencing many of the events for the first time, he’s adapted well to the challenges faced. With past experience in Red Bull Romaniacs, he’ll aim to put his best foot forward when the competition begins on July 30.
Red Bull Romaniacs 2019 entry list:
Red Bull Romaniacs fast facts:
211. Bronze class competitors entered for 2019
26. Wade Young’s 2018 winning time in hours
34. Gold class competitors entered for the 16th edition
20. Track managers preparing the four off road days
12. Obstacles planned for city prologue in Sibiu
6. Wins held by Graham Jarvis, the event’s most successful rider
More information: RedBullRomaniacs.com
More WESS information: iRideWESS.com
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