BLAST FROM THE PAST: JIMMY ELLIS
WESS HARD ENDURO NEARLY SHUT DOWN FROM COVID HOT SPOT
Originally scheduled to include an Endurocross, Prologue, and hard enduro Main Race, the 2021 edition of Extreme XL Lagares had to be cut down considerably at the 11th hour when a regional Covid hot spot forced Portugal’s General Health Directorate to restrict sporting events to run ‘behind closed doors’. As such, organizers were forced to put on a heavily restricted race using only the Endurocross track. Although full championship points were initially going to be awarded, horrendous conditions resulted in a unanimous decision by the FIM and championship promotors to run the event without points. Husqvarna’s Billy Bolt won the cloistered off-road event that was slammed by a major storm. Manny Lettenbichler took second and Graham Jarvis took the final podium position.
Extreme XL Lagares Overall Result
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 57pts, 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 45pts; 3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 39pts; 4. Wade Young (Sherco) 37pts; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 35pts; 6. Dominik Olszowy (KTM) 31pts; 7. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 28pts; 8. Mario Roman (Sherco) 26pts; 9. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 17pts; 10. Kevin Gallas (GASGAS) 15pts
SONORA RALLY UPDATE
photos Justin Coffey
After a Stage 1 upset where Mason Klein [#6] took the win ahead of rally raid stars Skyler Howes [#2, Rockstar Husqvarna], Andrew Short [#3, Monster Energy Yamaha], Ignacio “Nacho” Cornejo [#4, Monster Energy Honda] and Ricky Brabec [#1, Monster Energy Honda], Brabec turned on the heat. Stage one ended poorly for most and was shortened considerably.
Both factory pros Andrew Short [#3] with Monster Energy Yamaha and Skyler Howes [#2] newly with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna commented on Ricky’s pace, never seeing him move that fast before. He soared past not only Klein, but HRC teammate Jose Cornejo [#4], Short and eventually Howes, who was leading the stage for a bit. They rode in a single file line, ascending and descending in unison, for the remaining leg of the racecourse.
In Brabec’s words
“The day was good. After a ton of frustration from yesterday’s cancellation of the stage, anger was built up and resulted in a day of burning fuel. Started a little ways back so had some solid tracks to judge the navigation off of and it was possibly the only day I would have to make some time. That being said, we had a good push, only making a small mistake early on with a note in the roadbook not built properly (in my opinion). It was missing one small but very important feature. Once we shot through there, I was on the gas to the end. Hoping to get into some more technical dunes these next few days and with three days left anything can happen and a lot can change so fingers crossed we hit our navigation marks to the T these next days”.
1. #1 Ricky Brabec, MONSTER ENERGY HONDA
2. #3 Andrew Short, MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA
3. #2 Skyler Howes, ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA
4. #4 Jose Ignacio Cornejo, MONSTER ENERGY HONDA
5. #12 Kendall Norman, JCR HONDA
6. #6 Mason Klein, Pro
7. #10 Justin Morgan, SLR Honda & San Diego Powersport
8. #5 Wes VanNieuwenhuise, ROTTWEILER PERFORMANCE
9. #20 Ray Dal Soglio, Pro
10. #9 Scott Bright, Pro
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The Leatt 6.5 Body Protector meets and exceeds many global standards including, the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation) and FFM (French Motorcycle Federation).
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