Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ROCZEN & SUZUKI LEAD AMA MX AFTER GLEN HELEN

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Team Suzuki Press Office – May 31.

While it might not show on paper, no one had anything for Ken Roczen and his RCH Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 on Saturday afternoon at Glen Helen Raceway in California, America.

Fresh off a dominant 1-1 performance in last weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season opener - and his seventh career Pro Motocross overall win - the Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing rider was poised to match that exact result at the weekend’s second round: The 22-year-old German was out-front with a 15-plus-second lead in the first moto and was primed to pick-up his first win at the famed southern California race track. Unfortunately, the remarkable cushion wasn’t enough to hold the top-spot after a suspension issue on the front-end of his machine halted Roczen’s progress, ultimately forcing him to surrender the lead with three laps to go, and he finished fourth.

Still, Roczen demonstrated the championship grit that won him the 2014 series title by coming back and winning the second moto by almost 20 seconds, leaving little doubt of who was the fastest. At the end of the day, Roczen left Glen Helen with a solid 4-1 finish, maintaining the points lead and the red number plate that goes along with it.

“It’s always frustrating when a mechanical issue derails a good run but the biggest disappointment was seeing Ken have to back-off and ultimately surrender the lead in the first moto,” explained RCH Director of Competition Mark Johnson. “He had a fantastic ride and was leading by over 15 seconds when the problem occurred. We have a great relationship with KYB and their product is second to none. The part failure was in no way related to the forks themselves. The system that failed is made up of multiple components, purchased from a variety of vendors by RCH. Unfortunately, one of these components suffered a failure, which affected the front forks.

“Fortunately, Ken kept his composure, rode like a champion and salvaged a fourth-place finish in the first moto. He went on to win the second moto by almost 20 seconds and maintain the series points lead. We’re very proud of that effort and proud to have Ken carry the red plate into Colorado this weekend.”

Roczen qualified second, started third in the first moto and won the holeshot in the second. The victory in the second marked his third moto win in four races this season. Even more impressive is his 1.5 overall finishing average in the season’s first two events.

“I’m pretty stoked right now,” said Roczen, who leads the championship by two points. “The bike is pretty powerful, especially where I need it. I grabbed a good start in the second moto. It’s just good right now. My riding is getting better and I’m pretty happy. There’s nothing to complain about. Obviously, everyone is bummed about what happened in the first moto: We had a problem with the front suspension and there was nothing I could do. I couldn’t jump anything. I just tried to maintain. Fortunately, I was able to hold-on long enough and finish fourth.

“In the second moto, I did what I had to do to get the win. I’m glad to put this one behind us. I was trying really hard to hit my marks and stay on the bike. The last thing I wanted to do was throw it away.”

For his part, Roczen’s team-mate Broc Tickle turned in a formidable performance, earning a 10th-place overall finish on the strength of an 8-13 showing. Tickle is currently 11th in the standings heading into this weekend’s stop in Colorado.

“Glen Helen was better than the week before,” said Tickle. “I qualified 10th in both practices. In the first moto, I got about a 15th-place start, passed a couple guys and then a couple of guys crashed so I ended up eighth. The first moto was good: I felt like I had a good flow going. In the second moto, I wanted to improve a little bit and see where I could be a little better. I wanted to pick-it-up in the second and pass some more people. I got the same type of start in the second moto but both my legs started cramping so I just kind-of settled-in and rode-it-out. I’m looking forward to Colorado. Last year I got fourth overall and it was a good race for me.” 


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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S JASON ANDERSON FOURTH OVERALL AT GLEN HELEN NATIONAL!

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Pourcel 13th in 450, Osborne and Davalos 8th and 10th in 250

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team made its way to sunny Southern California on Saturday for the Glen Helen National - the second round of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series. Infamous brutal track conditions paired with the longest, fastest start straight of the season intimidated the majority of the field, but Jason Anderson didn’t let the conditions phase him. He put on an impressive ride and earned fourth overall in the 450 class. Teammates Christophe Pourcel, Zach Osborne, and Martin Davalos finished 13th, 8th and 10th in their respective classes.

After qualifying third, Jason Anderson put on a productive first moto by starting mid-pack before launching his Husqvarna FC 450 from ninth to fourth in six laps. He then made a great inside pass for third around lap 12 before overtaking the second-place position in the last lap where he finished. Afternoon shadows and deteriorating track conditions characterized the second 450 moto, but Anderson was ready for the challenge. He navigated his way into fifth early in the race after a mid-pack start and was on the move. He battled with teammate Christophe Pourcel and made the pass for fourth in the third lap, then went to battle with Trey Canard in lap five to overtake third. He then saved an almost epic crash on a rutted uphill before getting passed back by Canard. He eventually settled into the fifth-place position where he finished. The 2-5 finish gave him fourth overall on the day. He is currently fourth overall in 450 rider point standings.

“I was up front both practices and qualified third overall so my weekend was pretty good for the most part,” said Anderson. “I got up to third in the first moto then Kenny had a little issue so I ended up second. I got up to third again in moto 2 but made a big mistake and couldn’t really regroup after that. I still ended up 5th in that moto. 2-5 on the day isn’t bad."

Martin Davalos was looking to redeem himself after a disappointing opening round last weekend at Hangtown. He had excellent starts all day, but a crash plagued his chance at a top-10 finish in the first moto. He rebounded in moto two with another good start and a ninth-place finish. He went 14-9 for 10th overall.

“Today was a little better than last weekend,” said Davalos. “I had really good starts. I fell in the first moto and was around 22nd then came back to 14th. I had another good start in the second moto, around top five, and then was able to finish ninth. I felt good, and it was definitely an improvement from last weekend. The track was hard, tough and pretty sketchy so I’m glad to leave healthy. I’m looking forward to Colorado - it’s my favorite track and the elevation reminds me of Ecuador. I feel like I’ve gained some confidence so next weekend should be good."

Zach Osborne had a difficult time nailing down his starts, and charged from the back of the pack all the way up to eighth in both 250 motos. The 8-8 finish gave him eighth overall on the day, and he currently sits eighth overall in 250 rider point standings.

“I had a decent day,” said Osborne. “At the same time it was kind of disappointing with two starts outside the top 20 then just battled all day for eighth. I’m just going to keep plugging away and hopefully get some momentum going.”

Christophe Pourcel is still healing from a previous injury, but is not giving up. He had a frustrating first moto after a bad start and a crash, but was ready for redemption in moto two. After an excellent top-five start, he kept his Husqvarna FC 450 near the front of the pack and found his way into third. He continued to stay strong and battle for position the remainder of the race and eventually finished seventh. He finished 13th overall on the day, and is currently 16th in 450 rider point standings. 

“It’s tough to come back with my neck injury,” said Pourcel. “It’s been hard to get back on the bike and race. When I practice my neck is sore and you can imagine how rough it is during the race. It’s super tough with this track, too. I always get tight. I got a bad start in the first moto, then broke my lens in half and crashed so I decided to stop and change the lens because I didn’t want it to explode in my eyes. Then I tried to regroup for my second moto. I got a good gate on the outside, got a good start, and ran the pace for a little bit and ended up in a good spot. I had a lot of pain in my neck by the end of the moto. It was tough, but I’m going to keep pushing and hopefully I’ll be all healed in a couple weeks."

Glen Helen MX Results:

250 Class:
1. Alex Martin
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Cooper Webb
8. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250 Class Rider Point Standings:
1. Alex Martin – 79 points
2. Cooper Webb – 77 points
3. Joey Savatgy – 76 points
4. Jeremy Martin – 75 points
5. Aaron Plessinger – 63 points
6. Austin Forkner – 58 points
7. Jessy Nelson – 57 points
8. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 45 points
9. RJ Hampshire – 41 points
10. Tristan Charboneau – 36 points
19. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 19 points

450 Class:
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ken Roczen
3. Eli Tomac
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
13. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Class Rider Point Standings:
1. Ken Roczen – 93 points
2. Ryan Dungey – 91 points
3. Eli Tomac – 76 points
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 73 points
5. Trey Canard – 62 points
6. Josh Grant – 56 points
7. Cole Seely – 54 points
8. Marvin Musquin – 48 points
9. Phil Nicoletti – 45 points
10. Justin Barcia – 39 points
16. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 24 points
 


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Early Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Title Fight Between Roczen and Dungey Heads a Mile High at Colorado's Thunder Valley

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Early Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Title Fight Between Roczen and Dungey Heads a Mile High at Colorado's Thunder ValleyAlex Martin Sits Atop 250 Class Standings for the First Time Ever 
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (May 31, 2016) - For the past two seasons Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey and RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen have positioned themselves at the forefront of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. They've traded 450 Class championships, with Roczen winning in 2014 and Dungey in 2015, and are once again engaged in a hotly contested title fight to start the 2016 season. After Roczen opened the season with a dominant victory Dungey responded with a win of his own this past weekend, and now just two points separate the longtime rivals heading into Round 3 this weekend in Colorado and the mile-high altitude of the True Value Thunder Valley National on Saturday, June 4. Lakewood's picturesque Thunder Valley MX Park will provide one of the season's most unique challenges thanks to its high elevation, setting the stage for another highly competitive afternoon of racing.
The championship's foray to the Rocky Mountains marks the first round outside of California in 2016 and while Roczen and Dungey have both made their presence felt in the 450 Class, the competition within the 250 Class has intensified. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Alex Martin sits atop the championship standings for the first time in his career, fresh off his inaugural victory this past weekend, and will have the enviable distinction of wearing the red number plate on Saturday afternoon.
Broadcast Coverage of the True Value Thunder Valley National:First Motos (250 & 450 Class) - LIVE on MAVTV at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ETSecond Motos (250 & 450 Class) - LIVE on NBC Sports Network at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ETLIVE Coverage can also be streamed via ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra App.Thunder Valley Highlight Show - June 9 at 2 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
Video highlights of the FMF Glen Helen National. Video highlights of the FMF Glen Helen National.
At last Saturday's FMF Glen Helen National, Southern California's marquee motocross track provided a stiff challenge to the world's best riders, resulting in a grueling battle for victory across both classes. In the 450 Class, Roczen picked up where he left off at Hangtown and put his Suzuki at the front of the field. He appeared to be on his way to an easy Moto 1 victory until an unusual issue with his motorcycle's front suspension slowed him dramatically and allowed Dungey, who ran second for nearly the entirety of the moto, to make a late pass and steal the win. The misfortune dropped Roczen off the podium into fourth and ultimately prevented him from securing back-to-back overall wins to start the season.
The opportunity in the first moto not only gave Dungey his first moto win of the season, but allowed him to control his own destiny on Moto 2. Dungey started strong yet again, but Roczen reasserted himself out front and pulled away. Knowing the runner-up finish would be enough to give him the overall win on the afternoon Dungey settled into second while Roczen went on to take his third moto win in four attempts. While the moto win provided retribution to his first moto woes, Roczen no doubt left with a bit of a sour taste knowing what could have been. On the flipside, Dungey enjoyed the spoils of victory and shaved off four points of the six-point deficit he faced entering Glen Helen.
Dungey has his first win of the 2016 season and has closed to within two points of Roczen in the 450 Class standings.Photo: Simon CudbyDungey has his first win of the 2016 season and has closed to within two points of Roczen in the 450 Class standings.Photo: Simon CudbyFittingly enough, last year's battle for the win at Thunder Valley also came down to these two riders under similar circumstances. Roczen was poised to secure his first overall win as the defending 450 Class Champion, but a flat tire late in the second moto allowed Dungey to take advantage of the misfortune and carry on to his first win of the season. The win allowed Dungey to take over the points lead, from which he never looked backed.
The battle for victory at Thunder Valley one year ago came as a result of heartbreak for Colorado native Eli Tomac. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider opened up the 2015 season by winning the first five motos in dominant fashion until a big crash while leading the final moto at his hometown race not only took him out of contention for the win, but ended his season with major injuries to both shoulders. It's been a challenging road back for Tomac, but his resiliency and determination has put him in a position to make a storybook return to the stop step of the podium at Thunder Valley. While he's yet to challenge either Roczen or Dungey for victory thus far in 2016, Tomac has back-to-back overall podium results to start the season. At Glen Helen he showed signs of what made him so successful last season and with the emotion surrounding this weekend's return to his home race it wouldn't be a surprise to the racing community if Tomac became the third different overall winner in as many rounds this season. One way or another, all eyes will be on Tomac at Thunder Valley with the undying support of his home crowd.
Speaking of hometown support, another rider that will be closely watched this weekend is BTO Sports/WPS/KTM's Andrew Short. The Colorado Springs native will make his final visit to Thunder Valley on Saturday in his final season of professional competition. Although he has never won at his home race, Short has enjoyed great memories at Thunder Valley, including two runner-up finishes, four podium results, and a win as a member of Team USA at the 2010 Motocross of Nations, which were hosted at the facility. He has not raced at his home track since the 2014 season, but Short is eager to return to his home state and give the hometown crowd a proper farewell.
Despite some misfortune, Roczen maintains control of the red number plate as points leader.Photo: Simon Cudby Despite some misfortune, Roczen maintains control of
the red number plate as points leader.
Photo: Simon Cudby After an impressively dominant start to the season at Hangtown in which he swept both 250 Class motos, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy was surprisingly not a factor at Glen Helen, ultimately finishing seventh overall. In his absence at the front of the field was the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha trio of Alex Martin, Jeremy Martin, and Cooper Webb. In the first moto Alex Martin moved into the lead early and paced the field for the majority of the moto until lapped riders allowed Webb to close the deficit and make a late pass for the win.
In the final moto, Jeremy Martin bounced back from some minor misfortune in the first moto to effectively dominate the entire race and earn his first moto win of the season. The reigning back-to-back 250 Class Champion was in position to secure the overall for most of the moto as well, but a late charge to second by older brother Alex turned the points into the elder sibling's favor and resulted in his first career overall win in his 83rd start. The Martin brothers' historic 1-2 effort signified the first time in history that siblings finished first and second. The addition of Webb in third overall resulted in the first ever 1-2-3 sweep for Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha, which put four riders in the top five for the second consecutive round.
Alex Martin will carry the red number plate as points leader for the first time in his career.Photo: Simon CudbyAlex Martin will carry the red number plate as points leader for the first time in his career.Photo: Simon CudbyMartin's career breakthrough vaulted him to the top of the 250 Class standings for the first time, overcoming the 15-point deficit he faced to Savatgy entering Glen Helen. He carries a slim two-point lead over Webb in the 250 Class standings entering Thunder Valley, while Savatgy now sits third, three points out of the lead. Jeremy Martin is fourth, four points behind his brother, and heads to Colorado as the defending race winner.
Back-to-back podium finishes has Webb just two points out of the championship lead.Photo: Simon Cudby¬†Back-to-back podium finishes has Webb just two points out of the championship lead.Photo: Simon Cudby Event Schedule True Value Thunder Valley NationalRound 3: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross ChampionshipJune 4, 2016 - Lakewood, Colorado
Race Day Schedule: 
7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET  Practice & Qualifying
10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. ET  Opening Ceremonies
11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET  First Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)
1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET    Second Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)
Broadcast Schedule:
June 4  - 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET (LIVE)  MAVTV  1st Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)June 4 - 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE)  NBCSN  2nd Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)June 9 - 11:00 p.m. PT (June 8) / 2:00 a.m. ET  NBCSN  Highlight Show
**BOLD indicates live broadcast.***All times subject to change.
Tomac returns to his home race looking for redemption following last season's heartbreak at Thunder Valley.Photo: Simon CudbyTomac returns to his home race looking for redemption following
last season's heartbreak at Thunder Valley.
Photo: Simon CudbyPrevious Round Results 
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
FMF Glen Helen National
Glen Helen Raceway - San Bernardino, California
May 28, 2016
Round 2 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-2)
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (4-1)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (2-5)
  5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (7-4)
  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (6-6)
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (5-10)
  8. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (10-9)
  9. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (9-11)
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-13) 
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki - 93
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM - 91
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 76
  4. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 73
  5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda - 62
  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki - 56
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 54
  8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 48
  9. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha - 45
  10. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha - 39 
250 Class (Moto Finish) 
  1. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-2)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (4-1)
  3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (1-4)
  4. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (3-5)
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (5-6)
  6. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (13-3)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (9-7)
  8. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (8-8)
  9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda (6-11)
  10. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Husqvarna (14-9) 
250 Class Championship Standings 
  1. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha - 79
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 77
  3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 76
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha - 75
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 63
  6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki - 58
  7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM - 57
  8. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 45
  9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda - 41
  10. Tristan Charboneau, Tenino, Wash., Honda - 36
  11. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 36
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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.  Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, GoPro, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, Kawasaki, Motorcycle Superstore, FRAM, KTM, Oakley, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, ProGrip, EBC Brakes, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA’S GRAHAM JARVIS WINS ERZBERG HARE SCRAMBLE

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Dominant race-long display sees Graham Jarvis claim Erzberg Hare Scramble victory

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis has claimed victory at the 22nd running of the ErzbergRodeo Hare Scramble. From a front row start Graham was well placed during the early, faster sections of the race. The hugely experienced former event winner then methodically worked his way into the lead with 30 minutes of the race completed.

Once out front and with the event’s well-known technical sections ahead of him, he never stopped extending his race lead to eventually reach the finish in a time of two hours and 19 minutes. Jarvis finished more than 33 minutes ahead of runner-up Cody Webb with third placed Alfredo Gomez a further three minutes behind.

Overall, it was a near perfect race for the now 41-year-old British rider. Always excelling when conditions are at their most difficult, Jarvis produced a world-class performance around the Iron Giant. Smooth, calculated and unrelenting, he took control of the race lead at a crucial moment in one of the forestry sections and never looked back. Crossing the finish line over 33 minutes clear of his nearest rival, Jarvis reminded everyone why he is one of the best extreme enduro riders in the world.

Delivering a very impressive ride, Mario Roman secured an impressive fourth overall in the Red Bull Hare Scramble. Focused on avoiding trouble, Roman placed strongly throughout the duration of the 35-kilometre long race. Closing up on Wade Young and Taddy Blazusiak in the final few sections, he set his sights on a top four result. Working hard to scale the final Lazy Noon climb, Roman battled his way past the duo to claim the position in the final few moments of the race.

SuperEnduro World Champion Colton Haaker competed in the ErzbergRodeo for the first time this year. Starting off his weekend on top form, Haaker placed an impressive 11th overall in the Iron Road Prologue to secure a place on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s Hare Scramble. Starting strongly, he then crashed on one of the first hill climbs, losing numerous positions. Pushing a little too hard to recover resulted in numerous further crashes and Haaker was unable to complete the race distance in the allotted four hours.

Graham Jarvis: “This feels amazing. Erzberg is a race I had marked out as one I wanted to win this year and I’ve done that. It was an amazing race – I got a good start and managed to start making my way forward through the pack. In one of the first sections in the woods I found a really good line and managed to get up a technical climb ahead of some of the others. After that I just tried to relax and do what I know I can do through the more technical sections. Everything went well but I knew I had to stay focused. This has been a real team effort.

Mario Roman: “It’s been a really tough race, very hard in places but I’m very happy with my fourth position. I’m pleased with how I rode, generally it was ok. That last few sections things were very close between Wade Young, Taddy Blazusiak and myself for fourth. I just found that little bit extra, got up the final Lazy Noon climb in front and secured the position.

Colton Haaker: “I got a good start but then on one of the first climbs I crashed. That set me back a lot of places and from there on that theme would continue. It’s been a real eye opener for me doing this. It’s definitely something I’ve not really experienced before. Especially the forestry sections. They were so slippery and gnarly, we just don’t really have trees back home in California. But I’ve enjoyed the experience. I would have loved to finish but it is what it is.”

Red Bull Hare Scramble 2016 Results

1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 02:18:47
2. Cody Webb (KTM) +33:07
3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) +36:02
4. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) +58:19
5. Billy Bolt (KTM) +01:08:46
6. Wade Young (Sherco) +01:12:28
7. Paul Bolton (KTM) +01:19:35
8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) +01:23:08
9. Philipp Scholz (KTM) +01:37:24


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