JARVIS WINS FIFTH ERZBERG

Husqvarna’s Graham Jarvis won the 25th Erzberg Rodeo in a flawless performance. At 44 years of age, Jarvis joins Taddy Blazusiak with five wins apiece. Manny Lettenbichler finished second after leading most of the race, but Jarvis did what he always does, coming up from a unremarkable start. He took over before the infamous Karl’s Dinner rock garden. Lettenbichler closed it up on the Green Hill climb, where riders often help each other to the top. Both Jarvis and Lettenbichler made it up unassisted and rode to the finish with a two-minute gap separating them.

Leader right after the Start: Rider #1 Josep Garcia Montana (ESP) Followed by #6 Jonny Walker // Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool .

It wasn’t a great year for the Americans. Both Colton Haaker and Cody Webb rode the first round of qualifying, but didn’t follow up with a second run. Webb announced beforehand that he had an ACL injury, and he reportedly started the race but pulled off. Ryan Sipes showed up and had a good run on the prologue, as did Canadian Trystan Hart. The king of the prologue, though, was KTM’s Josep Garcia. He was the fastest qualifier and led the early portion of the race before Lettenbichler took over. Garcia is a classic enduro specialist, and was an eventual finisher, which is an accomplishment in itself.

Cody Webb races during the Prologue of the Red Bull Hare Scramble 2019 in Eisenerz, Austria on May 31, 2019 // Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool.

Finishing in third  was Sherco’s Mario Roman. Roman had a terrible start and wasn’t a factor in the first half of the race. In Karl’s Dinner, he caught his teammate Wade Young, who was running third at the time. Earlier, Young had been going back and forth with Lettenbichler for the lead. At the finish, Roman was nine minutes behind with 2017 Erzberg winner Alfredo Gomez another five minutes behind.

Manuel Lettenbichler of Germany races during the Prologue prior to the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg in Eisenerz, Austria on June 1, 2019. Photo by Sebastian Marko for Red Bull Contentpool .

Laia Sainz stated that her goal was to be the first woman to make it all the way to Karl’s Dinner’s checkpoint. She accomplished that, becoming the most successful female competitor in the event..

All results are preliminary at this point

2019 ERZBERG
1. Graham Jarvis (Hus)
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM)
3. Mario Roman (Sherco)
4. Alfredo Gomez (Hus)
5. Wade Young (Sherco)
6. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
7. Billy Bolt (Hus)
8. Jonny Walker (KTM)
9. Pol Tarres (KTM)
10.  Travis Teasdale (KTM)

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