Graham Jarvis Wins 2018 Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider comes from behind to win the race for the fourth time

Colton Haaker
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker got off to a great start at the 2018 Erzbergrodeo by beating out 500 riders to top the qualifier list during Saturday’s Iron Road Prolog, finishing ahead of Dakar champion Matthias Walkner and Spaniard Josep Garcia.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis claimed an impressive victory at round 2 of the World Enduro Super Series, the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria. In what was a dramatic, action-packed, and unpredictable race Jarvis put on a late-race charge to grab the win by just 41 seconds over second place.

“I can’t believe it,” Jarvis said. “I am so happy to take the win. 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 Diner. As I started to catch the guys in front I knew I had a chance to take the win. Green Hell was tough, I would have liked to have ridden a little farther 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.”

Graham Jarvis
Graham Jarvis paced himself perfectly throughout the grueling race to arrive at the finish 41 seconds ahead of eventual runner-up Jonny Walker.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker claimed the runner-up spot at Erzberg after pushing hard during the final 15 minutes of the race, ending a mere 41 seconds behind winner Jarvis.

“That was a tough race but I am happy to finish second and take the lead in the WESS standings,” Walker said. “I didn’t get the best of starts and lost a bit of time in the dust. Taddy [Blazusiak] made a mistake and I got out in front, but then Manni [Lettenbichler] and Billy [Bolt] passed me on a hill when I messed up a little. Their speed was way too quick and I knew I had to pace myself. Carl’s Diner was tiring, but I kept things steady and tried to minimise any mistakes. I managed to clear Green Hell okay and came out of there in second. The rest of the race from then on was less tricky and I pushed on as hard as I could but couldn’t quite catch Graham before the finish. I’m happy with second and it’s good for the championship, but it would have been nice to take the win.”

Jonny Walker
Walker’s runner-up at the 2018 Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble moved the Red Bull KTM Factory rider into first place in the World Enduro Super Series standings. “I didn’t get the best of starts and lost a bit of time in the dust,” Walker said. “Taddy [Blazusiak] made a mistake and I got out in front, but then I messed up a little on a hill and lost ground. The rest of the race from then on was less tricky and I pushed on as hard as I could but couldn’t quite catch Graham before the finish.”Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler took the early lead, but a small mistake on one of the steep climbs ultimately cost the young German some time. But by taking third, Manni claimed his first-ever Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble podium.

“I gave that everything I had,” Lettenbichler said. “I wanted to win so badly but just lost out toward the end. I had a really great ride until Green Hell. Billy and myself were pushing the pace a lot and we had built up a gap on the others. I wasn’t my best in Carl’s Diner and was still in contention. Unfortunately, things went wrong in Green Hell and Graham came past us. But this is my debut podium at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble so it is something to celebrate. Third in Extreme XL Lagares and now third here is a very strong start to WESS too.”

Cody Webb
Cody Webb came into the Erzberg event with high hopes, however the defending AMA EnduroCross champion sustained a broken foot and a broken finger in a crash during day two of the Prolog and was forced to drop out.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Erzbergrodeo Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Graham Jarvis Husqvarna
2 Jonny Walker KTM
3 Manuel Lettenbichler KTM
4 Wade Young Sherco
5 Billy Bolt Husqvarna
6 Travis Teasdale Beta
7 Paul Bolton KTM
8 Taddy Blazusiak KTM
9 Pol Tarres Husqvarna
10 Mario Roman Sherco
Billy Bolt
Early leader Billy Bolt finished a strong fifth in the race. The young Brit was the second rider to arrive at the treacherous Green Hell section, but after offering help to a fellow competitor, Billy expended a little too much energy with a small mistake dropping him back down to the bottom of the hill.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool

2018 World Enduro Super Series Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Jonny Walker KTM 1,700
2 Billy Bolt Husqvarna 1,610
  Graham Jarvis Husqvarna 1,610
4 Manuel Lettenbichler KTM 1,540
5 Wade Young Sherco 1,220
6 Taddy Blazusiak KTM 1,180
7 Travis Teasdale Beta 1,030
8 Paul Bolton KTM 1,020
9 Pol Tarres Husqvarna 890
10 Blake Gutzeit Yamaha 760
Taddy Blazusiak
After a promising start, Taddy Blazusiak eventually ended his race in eighth.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Manuel Lettenbichler
KTM’s Manuel Lettenbichler grabbed his first-ever podium at Erzberg with a third. “I wanted to win so badly but just lost out toward the end,” Lettenbichler said. “I had a really great ride up until Green Hell. Billy and I were pushing the pace a lot and we had built up a gap on the others. I wasn’t my best in Carl’s Diner and was still in contention. Unfortunately, things went wrong in Green Hell and Graham came past us.”Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
Wade Young
Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young passed Blazusiak to move into fourth at checkpoint 15 of 25.Future 7 Media/Red Bull Content Pool
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