Leon Hentschel won the fifth round of the 2019 Hard Enduro Series Germany in Meltewitz ahead of Robert Scharl to set-up a showdown at final round in October.
The SHC Meltewitz organized the 11th edition of the MelzExdraehm, the fifth round of the 2019 Hard Enduro Series Germany, which saw a the two championship contenders Robert Scharl and Leon Hentschel go head-to-head for the win.
The addition of various strength-sapping rock gardens to the seven kilometres track this year at MelzExdraehm caused some major havoc during the three-hour race.
Prologue win for Scharl
The prologue was held on a short, SuperEnduro-style lap were each rider had two attempts from which their best time counted for the final classification.
Robert Scharl edged Paul-Erik Huster for the first place and Leon Hentschel grabbed the last podium spot in what proved to be one of the closest ever results in a prologue at the Hard Enduro Series Germany – the three riders were only separated by 0.2 seconds.
Hentschel wins the final
The final three-hour race was held in a seven kilometres track was a test for all riders. Scharl and Hentschel got off to a slow start as they were third and fifth at the end of the first lap with Mirko Fabera, first, and Huster, second, leading the early stages.
By half way Hentschel’s steady pace with no mistakes started pay rewards until he got to the front of the pack. Once in first he put the hammer down and built himself a comfortable lead, which he kept until the chequered flag.
Scharl had trouble finding a good rhythm, specially through the rocky sections, and dropped as low as seventh. Nevertheless, on the last hour of the race something clicked in his head and he pushed to finish second ahead of Huster.
It proved an important push for the finish because Scharl leads the championship by a single point over Hentschel with just one round to go, so things are likely to get heated at the final in Schwepnitz.
HESG Junior title for Lucas Muller
Lucas Müller finished seventh overall topping the Junior class and clinching the 2019 HESG Junior title with one round to go. Dirk Peter got off to his seventh class win of the season to grab the Senior class championship.
The 2019 HESG will be back in a month’s time for the Isegrim Enduro, final round of the season, in Schwepnitz in October, 19.
The registrations for the Isegrim Enduro are already open at the HESG website.
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