Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider unstoppable in WESS round two.
A fourth-career win in the gruelling Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble has Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Graham Jarvis in disbelief, the event marking round two of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series (WESS).
Riding a fast, yet calculated race, Jarvis reinforced his reputation as the best hard enduro rider of all-time, pacing himself perfectly throughout the Austrian race to arrive at the finish 41 seconds ahead of eventual runner-up Jonny Walker (Red Bull KTM).
Starting off in his usual steady style, the 43-year-old soon began to pick off the competition, eventually taking the lead at around one-hour and 45-minute mark at the unbelievably challenging climb named Green Hell. From there Jarvis never looked back, the subsequent obstacles offering no major challenges and he crossed the line in front and secured his fourth victory at the event.
“I can’t believe it, I am so happy to take the win,” Jarvis recalled. “I started off pretty steady and as the dust was so bad it was a little dangerous to push on too much. After a few difficult hills I started to get into more of a rhythm and I was feeling good as I came into Carl’s Dinner.
“As I started to catch the guys in front I knew that I had a chance to take the win. Green Hell was tough, I would have liked to have ridden a little further up as I had to push quite a lot. I just hung on, despite cramping up in my arms. To cross the finish line first feels amazing.”
Jarvis’ victory from Walker and KTM-mounted Manuel Lettenbichler now sees him sitting third in the WESS point-standings, currently led by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Billy Bolt after he claimed fifth at Erzberg. Round three will take place at the Trefle Lozerien AMV in France between 8-10 June.