Digging the details of a dramatic day two at the 2019 Red Bull Romaniacs where Alfredo Gomez took a decisive jump to the top of general classification at this fifth round of WESS.
Off Road day two of Romaniacs has proven once again to be decisive with defending champion, Wade Young, forced to retire from the race and Alfredo Gomez stealing a healthy lead.
Spaniard Gomez put in a strong ride from the start to lead home day one winner Graham Jarvis with Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler third.
The second day in the mountains saw competitors face the longest route of the week – the Gold class completed 151 kilometres, which mixed fast going with some trademark technical climbs. With over 100 of those kilometres completed before the service, it would prove a physical and energy-sapping start to the day for all.
Wade Young makes an exit
While it may have been a good day for some it was not so for defending Romaniacs Champion, Wade Young. Shortly after 6.30am on the first climb, the Sherco Factory Racing rider encountered a technical issue with we believe his gear selector. Young returned to the start line for repairs with the still present service crew.
Despite losing almost one hour, Young re-joined the race, but he was ultimately forced to retire at the service stop while already running way down the order.
Jarvis looked strong through the morning’s Gold class sections and maintained his position as first on the road all morning until service. Behind him though, Gomez was on a charge and worked away at closing the gap to arrive in the wheel tracks of Lettenbichler
Fresh from the service stop, Gomez caught and eventually overtook Jarvis late in the day to finish first past the post to ultimately win the day.
More importantly that meant Alfredo takes control of the race lead: “I was on the hunt today – chasing down the boys in front.” Explained Gomez at the finish. “I had a very good pace and really enjoyed my riding. After the service it was a little bit scary going so fast on the grass, but all-in-all it was a very good day for me and I hope I can keep this pace up for the next couple of days.”
Admitting to not having the pace in the afternoon on the faster going, Jarvis placed second on the day after initially placing third, he was awarded time back for having to open gates as track opener in the morning. “The rain made a big difference on the hills today,” said Graham. “I think I was making the lines for everyone else! But it was a good long day with some fast and difficult sections. I’m tired!” He added.
Manuel Lettenbichler again ran every bit the challenger but admitted mistakes cost him time when he was trying to follow the pace of Gomez.
Behind the leading trio, Mario Roman rode a lonely race but arrived a confident fourth, while the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing duo of Jonny Walker and Taddy Blazusiak placed fifth and sixth respectively both having better days.
WESS Champ, Billy Bolt improved to seventh having also confessed to having a better day two, while David Cyprian continued to impress with eighth. The top eight in fact finished well clear of the Gold class field which saw some casualties (Pol Tarres hit a tree) and some retirements (Jonathan Richardson with an illness).
Overall Gomez moves to the top of the standings with two days still remaining. Jarvis slips down to second and is five minutes behind his team-mate with Lettenbichler just over one minute behind. Roman is fourth with 10 minutes currently separating the top four.
Silver class lead for Artola
In the Silver Class, Josu Artola continues to set the pace after securing his second day victory of the week. Behind him Josef Westgarth was second ahead of Alberto Aramburu and Sam Winterburn – Winterburn is now second overall to Artola, with Westgarth less than two minutes behind in third.
Vigand tops Bronze Class
The Bronze riders are lead by Jean Michel Vigand who pushed hard for victory on day two which also sees him take control of the standings ahead of Marcin Welglarz, who placed sixth today. Eric Slominski holds third overall thanks to his second-place ride on the day.
Russian Vadim Tagirov won day two to move into the lead in the overall classification. Behind him German female rider, Anna Schmolzl continues to show great form with second place on the day two scoreboard which also moves her up to the second overall.
Eduardo Martinez ended day two in third while day one leader, Agostino Crema slips to third overall after bagging fifth on the day.
Overall Classification (after day two):
Gold Class top 10
- Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 10:15:42
- Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 10:19:45
- Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 10:21:42
- Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 10:26:37
- Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 10:44:39
- Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 10:50:40
- David Cyprian (KTM - CZ) 11:13:33
- Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 11:34:51
- Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 11:53:36
- Dieter Rudolf (KTM - AUT) 12:17:58
- Josu Artola (ESP) 9:23:16
- Sam Winterburn (GB) 9:51:20
- Josef Westgarth (GB) 9:53:00
- Alberto Aramburu (ESP) 9:53:24
- Emmanuel Gyenes (ROU) 10:04:20
- Jean Michel Vigand (FRA) 8:55:01
- Marcin Weglarz (POL) 9:02:15
- Eric Slominski (USA) 9:14:10
- Brent Brady (AUS) 9:17:54
- Marius Muntean (ROU) 9:22:06
- Vadim Tagirov (RUS) 8:19:36
- Anna Schmolzl (GER) 8:24:45
- Agostino Crema (ITA) 8:37:56
- Eduardo Martinez (MEX) 8:40:52
- Danny Melvin (USA) 8:51:20
For daily finishing positions, visit our 'Results Feed' post.
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