News 29 Oct 2018

Elowson storms to victory in WESS Gotland Grand National

Bolt maintains championship lead at the penultimate round.

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Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) stormed to victory at Sweden’s seventh round of the World Enduro Super Series (WESS) for the Gotland Grand National at the weekend.

With conditions turning incredibly muddy for the 35th edition of the iconic event, it was the Swedish riders who faired best in the deteriorating conditions. Claiming his debut Gotland Grand National victory, Elowson secured a commanding win over Yamaha’s Robert Kvarnstrom and Ken Bengtson (Husqvarna).

As the Elite, Senior and Junior class riders blasted off the start line, thousands of riders jostled for position in the mud. Clearing the early carnage safely, Elowson moved into the race lead on lap one followed by Kvarnstrom. The duo then went head-to-head, pushing a pace that quickly saw them distance themselves from the ensuing pack.

By midway, Elowson showed no signs of slowing down and pulled clear of Kvarnstrom to claim a convincing win at the end of the sixth and final lap. Despite a late push by Kvarnstrom, the Yamaha rider had to settle for the runner-up position, while Bengtson rounded out the podium in third.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak worked hard in the final stages of the race to claim fourth, while Sebastian Martensson (Husqvarna) rounded out the top five. After a troubled opening lap, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt recovered well to finish 13th overall, maintaining his overall lead in the WESS championship standings with one round remaining.

The next stop on the World Enduro Super Series calendar is scheduled for 10 November in The Netherlands for the Red Bull Knock Out beach race.

Detailed results