Knighter wins The Tough One
Red Bull KTM Off Road Team’s two-time World Enduro Champion David Knight claimed his first race win of the ’07 season by dominating the third running of the WOR Events The Tough One race. Already a two-time winner of Britain’s premier extreme hare scramble race Knighter made it three wins from three starts with another impressive victory at the Nantmawr Quarry circuit. Finishing alongside David on the podium were Wayne Braybrook and Paul Edmondson in second and third places respectively.
Starting the race with the rest of the Pro class competitors, and not being handicapped at the start as he had in previous years, David arrived at his bike in second position following the 300 meter Le Mans style run-to-your-bike start. Despite having ridden just a handful of times since his emphatic victory at the ’06 edition of the Red Bull Last Man Standing event in Texas due to arm and stomach surgery at the end of last season, David quickly settled into his rhythm and passed Braybrook for the lead. Not realising it David then dropped back to second, briefly, before moving back into the lead only to get tangled up with a lapped rider and dropping to second again. Making a third pass for the lead Knighter made it stick and was never headed during the remainder of the race.
With a torrential hail storm turning the skies black a full 20 minutes earlier than most expected it to get dark Knighter settled into a comfortably pace and started clocking up the laps and pulling away from his rivals. Aware that he had a sizeable lead David maintained his speed and further extended his lead. During the closing stages of the race the weather again turned bad with the podium presentations interrupted by a second hail storm.
David’s next event will be the Genoa Indoor Enduro in Genoa, Italy on February 3
David Knight: ‘What a wild race. Starting the race with all the other Pro class competitors was a first for me having had to climb hills and build my bike before getting going in previous years. The run to our bikes went well though. I was just behind Wayne Braybrook getting to my bike so I followed him for a while before passing him. I had a pit signal that said I had a one-minute lead and the next thing I knew I bashed into Wayne in the rocks. He must have taken a different line when I was stuck behind a rider and passed me without me knowing.
‘On the second lap I hit a lapped rider and Wayne passed me again. I passed him for a third time shortly after that and then got my head down and settled down a bit. Because I’ve not really been on a bike since the Red Bull Last Man Standing race I felt a bit slow early on, but I felt happier towards the end of the race. I was a bit tired at the finish, but it was pretty tough.’
Results: WOR Events The Tough One Pro class
1. David Knight (Red Bull KTM Off Road Race Team 14 laps;
2. Wayne Braybrook (Gas Gas) 14 laps;
3. Paul Edmondson (Honda) 13 laps;
4. Tom Sagar (KTM) 13 laps;
5. Euan McConnell (TM) 13 laps;
6. Paul Bolton (Gas Gas) 12 laps;
7. Edward Jones (KTM) 11 laps;
8. Roland Morris (Gas Gas) 11 laps;
9. Anders Eriksson (Husqvarna) 11 laps;
10. Ady Smith (KTM) 11 laps;