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Top Five for Bolt and Gomez at Romaniacs 2018
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racingís Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez finish top five at round four of the World Enduro Super Series
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racingís Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez have delivered strong performances at round four of the World Enduro Super Series Ė Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye Ė where the duo finished fourth and fifth respectively at the end of the five-day race.
Marking the halfway point in this yearís WESS championship, the Husqvarna riders were eager to challenge for podium results. As winner of the series opener in Portugal, 20-year-old Bolt arrived in Sibiu, Romania keen to show his form. Impressing in the opening dayís prologue, he claimed a convincing win by lapping the entire field of riders. With the race heading out into the mountains for four demanding days of Enduro riding, Bolt placed sixth on Off Road Day 1. Improving as the race progressed, he worked his way up the leaderboard to eventually finish fourth overall.
Returning to competitive action following his knee injury sustained in February, Gomez simply wanted to use the race as a way to build up his pace. Spending the opening days settling into the rhythm of the event, the Spaniardís confidence grew day-by-day. Upping his pace to finish fourth on each of the final two days, the Husqvarna rider was more than pleased to end the worldís toughest Hard Enduro Rallye in fifth overall.
As the 2017 winner of Romaniacs, Graham Jarvis began the 15th edition of the race aiming to claim his seventh victory. Finishing fourth on the opening day in the mountains, but 17 minutes behind the leaders, the Husqvarna rider was not happy with his riding. However, despite citing a lack of energy, he battled through Off Road Day 2 to maintain fourth. Starting the penultimate day feeling low on energy and fatigued, he was forced to withdraw from the race before the midday service point.
The World Enduro Super Series continues with round four at Red Bull 111 Megawatt on September 8/9.
Billy Bolt: ďIím happy to be stood here in one piece and with fourth position because I gave so much time away in the first couple of days. Itís so hard to make up that lost time, especially when conditions are as hard as they have been this year. Looking at the positives though, I won the prologue and was fastest in a few checkpoints, too. Now Iím starting to gauge the pace that you need to stay near the front. You really have to minimise your mistakes in a race like this. Fourth is good as Iíve earned more solid points for the championship and I have learned a lot. Iím still not quite at the pace I want to be riding around here, but I am a lot closer than I was this time last year.Ē
Alfredo Gomez: ďItís been a really good event for me. For the last two days I have felt really good on the bike. My pace wasnít quite fast enough, but itís been great to be able to race again and my knee is feeling a lot stronger. Overall, I am happy with how things have gone, especially having had such little time to train. The final day was my best day and that is really encouraging, after the service point I still felt very strong. Iím looking forward now to the next race in the championship. Finishing this race in fifth shows that Iím fit, strong and able to race and thatís the most important thing.Ē
Graham Jarvis: ďDeciding to stop on Off Road Day 3 was the hardest thing Iíve ever had to do but it was the most sensible option to take. I simply had no more energy to continue and knew the safest thing to do was retire from the race. The race this year was tough, one of the toughest for a very long time and right from the off I just wasnít feeling right. I didnít get into that groove like I normally do and was struggling in places where I knew I shouldnít have been. I really wanted to challenge for a seventh Romaniacs win this year but it wasnít to be. My focus now is to rest and recuperate and get back to full fitness and energy for the rest of the WESS championship.Ē
World Enduro Super Series, Round 4 - Provisional Final Overall Classification
1. Wade Young (Sherco) 26:03:15
Provisional World Enduro Super Series Standings (after 4 of 8 rounds)
1. Jonny Walker (GBR) 2900 points