Round two of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship got underway at the Xross Hard Enduro Rally with Billy Bolt topping the prologue time sheets. The Husqvarna Factory Racing rider fended off a strong contingent of riders to win the AKRAPOVIC Straight Rhythm over AG Racing Team 89’s Alfredo Gomez and Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario Roman.
- Billy Bolt wins AKRAPOVIC Straight Rhythm prologue
- Alfredo Gomez and Mario Roman finish second and third, respectively
- Racing begins in earnest on Thursday with the first of three 100-kilometre-long days
The second stop of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship roared into life in Serbia with the Xross Hard Enduro Rally’s AKRAPOVIC Straight Rhythm prologue. A street course with multiple man-made Hard Enduro obstacles saw competitors go head-to-head as they battled each other to progress through a series of heats.
A morning qualifier to establish the running order saw Billy Bolt set the fastest time of the 16 competitors who advanced through to the evening’s race program. Keeping his pace on point, Bolt steadily worked his way through each heat to reach the final.
In similar fashion, Alfredo Gomez – second fastest in the morning qualifier – was also riding well on his GASGAS and managed to dispose of each rival to face off against Bolt for the final. As the two fastest riders of the evening it was always going to be a hard battle to call. But Bolt had a little extra up his sleeve, managing to keep the Spaniard at bay and come out on top.
With the prologue complete, the Xross Hard Enduro Rally begins in earnest with tomorrow’s opening day of racing. A 100-kilometre-long Enduro day awaits the 150-strong contingent of riders.