June 28, 2010 – Red Bull Romaniacs News & Updates via www.redbullromaniacs.com
The second offroad raceday of the 7th edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs started dry and sunny for all riders – the heavy downpoors of the last days had finally stopped, and so the 165 competitors faced more comfortable temperatures and sunny conditions for most of the day.
Lettenbichler gives it all, Jarvis quits
UK top-rider Graham Jarvis opened todays Pro-Class challenge on board of his Sherco, followed by KTM factory rider Chris Birch (NZL) and German Andreas Lettenbichler on his BMW. While Jarvis headed onto the track quite confident, the dominator of yesterdays muddy battle had to face serious technical problems later on. Like last year, Jarvis’ engine overheated and the quiet and friendly Brit had to park his steed aside the track for today.
With Jarvis’ dropping out halfway of the race, it was heavily motivated Chris Birch who took the lead of the Pro-Class. But not for long, as Birch’s KTM started to get technical problems as well. After several water crossings, the 2-time winner of the Roof-of-Africa had to change his spark plug and lost valuable time on Andreas Lettenbichler.
While Birch had to maintain his bike, Lettenbichler passed and took the lead. “After I could pass Chris, I’ve found a quite perfect rythm on my bike and could hold my speed until the finish line. I had some navigation problems in the woods before, bute overall I’m really satisfied with my race today.”, said the sympathic Bajuvarian after the race. Due to his respectable stage win Lettenbichler secured a second overall ranking with a 50 minutes margin on Birch after today.
British rider Paul Bolton (KTM) placed second on todays stage after making it to the finish 7 minutes behind Lettenbichler. Bolton – renown for his rather weak navigation skills – made no mistake today and advances to the third place in the overall ranking.
Joakim Ljunggren, Husaberg factory rider from Sweden, suprised the crowd with an astonishing third place, coming in only 30 minutes behind Lettenbichler.
South African’s Jade Gutzeit (KTM) placed a respectable fourth today while Chris Birch crossed the finish line on fifth place: “I had to replace a spark plug because it got wet in these nasty conditions today. It took me quite a while to figure out what the problem was and I am very happy that I was able to take over the lead after this challenging second day at the Red Bull Romaniacs. Considering Letti’s skills the 50 minutes lead is not at all a safe pillow for the forthcoming two days”, Birch said after about 200km of distance in the pro class.
Inofficial results PRO-CLASS after day 2:
Rank Name Start nr Time Manufacturer
1 Andreas Lettenbichler 1 6.45.51 BMW
2 Paul Bolton 4 6.52.54 KTM
3 Joakim Ljunggren 20 7.15.50 Husaberg
4 Jade Guitzeit 18 7.22.13 KTM
5 Chris Birch 2 7.38.24 KTM
6 Lionel Seydoux 3 7.46.19 KTM
7 Gerhard Foster 8 7.50.43 BMW
8 Darryl Curtis 5 7.55.23 KT
A well balanced mix of gruelties awaits the Pro riders on tomorrows offroad day. After a series of steep up- and downhills the Romaniacs serves its true highlight at the end of the day: The “Long Walk Up” is an extremely difficult section in the forrest, which in last years edition got Cyril Despres to face his inner demons