Hard Enduro Series Germany returns with Neugattersleben Extreme and Kevin Gallas returns to action with the victory ahead of Leon Hentschel.
After the extreme dry weather in 2018 caused the cancellation of MC Nienburg round of the German Hard Enduro Series, they got a second chance this year and produced a less “extreme” course for riders.
The weather was still the most demanding factor for riders who included the reigning champion, Kevin Gallas who made his return to action and his first competitive ride in the 2019 series.
X-Grip Prolog Award
This round had different terrain and different format for the prologue which ran for two hours during which riders set fast laps. Since the track became faster and faster at the end, they had to drive tactically to keep their pace in the hot weather.
Leon Hentschel’s time of 14m:15s proved the fastest lap with Kevin Gallas setting 14m:20s ahead of Robert Scharl third with 14m:45s and Marcel Teucher who made a return to the series in Neugattersleben.
Final brings long-awaited win for Gallas
18 riders per row started the final race with Kevin Gallas setting the pace and leading from lap one.
The dry conditions caused plenty of dust but as the race progressed, the swaths of dirt cleared a bit as the field spread around the long cross-country lap, dotted with obstacles and a narrow forest track.
Nevertheless, for many riders it was a different experience than usual in the German Hard Enduro series which saw the usual suspects at the top. Gallas put in a strong performance and maintained the lead from start to finish. The battle for second place also produced no real battle as Leon Hentschel controlled his place from beginning to end against an aggressive driving Robert Scharl completing the podium.
2019 standings with three rounds remaining:
- Scharl Robert 90
- Hentschel, Leon 84
- Lötzsch, Kenny 62
- Gallas, Kevin 45
- Gutzeit, Blake 43
Lucas Müller new Junior front runner
Since the two Junior contenders, Lane Heims and Louis Richter, were absent, Lucas Müller used his chance to take his first junior victory of the season: “Actually this was again not my preferred terrain, but I made the best of it and could win.” Said Müller. “In the next races I'm hoping for a bit more demanding technical tracks to play out my advantages.”
In fact, conditions could play into his hands next weekend with the Weinberg Xtrem Hammer Hard Enduro with different conditions including steeper ascents and hillclimbs.
The third-last HardEnduroGermany round of 2019 will again run with the prologue, group race and final format – entries are still open.
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