LETTI IS BACK! WINS THE TOUGH XROSS FIM HARD ENDURO RALLY

Lettenbichler built up a huge lead at the end of day two and only had to keep the competition in site on day 3 to take a huge victory. Future7 Media

 

KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has won round two of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, the Xross Hard Enduro Rally in Serbia. The German racer made a triumphant return from injury to secure the top step of the podium.

Behind Lettenbichler, history was made as Teodor Kabakchiev (Team Bulgaria powered by ECONT) become the first Bulgarian to finish on the FIM Hard Enduro podium in second. Graham Jarvis (Jarvis Racing Team Husqvarna) put in another outstanding performance to finish in third. Jarvis now shares the championship lead with Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt after round two.

Teodor Kabakchiev (Team Bulgaria powered by ECONT) delivered a performance that was  as impressive as Lettenbichler’s winning ride, Kabakchiev won the final stage in style to secure the runner-up result. Future7 Media

 

With the outcome of the Xross Hard Enduro Rally boiling down to the final day of racing in Serbia, all eyes were on KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler who started Day Three as the new race leader. The German was outstanding on Day Two and to his credit held a near eight-minute lead over closest rival Kabakchiev. With three Special Stages standing between him and the top of the podium, Mani was focused on the job in hand.

With the outcome of the Xross Hard Enduro Rally boiling down to the final day of racing in Serbia, all eyes were on KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler who started Day Three as the new race leader. The German was outstanding on Day Two and to his credit held a near eight-minute lead over closest rival Kabakchiev. With three Special Stages standing between him and the top of the podium, Mani was focused on the job in hand.

For Graham Jarvis, the Brit again put his Husqvarna on the podium with a third place finish. Jarvis started out the final day with a comfortable cushion over Bolt in fourth. But he was still determined to push the pace and won the penultimate special stage. With two podium results from two starts, the Jarvis Racing Team Husqvarna rider now jointly leads the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship with Bolt.

Billy Bolt had a tough second stage, but still retains the points lead in the championship (tied with Graham Jarvis). Future7 Media

 

For Bolt, the Serbian event was one of mixed fortunes. It started well by winning Wednesday’s AKRAPOVIC Straight Rhythm prologue as well as also leading at the end of Day One, but it was Day Two that ultimately pushed him off the podium. Dropping to fourth, it was a tall ask for the Brit to pull back that time on Jarvis and he had to be content with a fourth place overall result. However, he now jointly leads the championship with Jarvis.

 

Wade Young muscles his Sherco during the FIM Hard Enduro Xross Challenge Race in Serbia. Photo: Predrag Vuckovic / Red Bull Content Pool

 

Completing the top five was Young. The South African put in his best performance of the race on Day Three, with two top-three Special Stage times. The Sherco rider placed a close three minutes behind Bolt.

 

GASGAS Factory Racing’s Michael Walkner dug deep to finish sixth overall at the Xross Hard Enduro Rally. Future7 Media

 

Xross Hard Enduro Rally

1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 11:10:04; 2. Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 11:20:07; 3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 11:28:35; 4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 11:37:27; 5. Wade Young (Sherco) 11:37:27; 6. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 11:47:10; 7. David Cyprian (KTM)12:07:55; 8. Alfredo Gomez (GASGAS) 12:23:55; 9. Will Hoare (GASGAS) 12:27:10; 10. Matt Green (GASGAS) 12:45:20…

Championship Standings (After Round 2)

1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 30pts; 2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 30pts; 3. Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 27pts; 4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 25pts; 5. Wade Young (Sherco) 22pts; 6. Alfredo Gomez (GASGAS) 21pts; 7. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 20pts; 8. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 18pts…