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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Rodney Smith ’92 GNCC

Rodney Smith was the alpha male in the GNCC world in 1992. The motocross star turned off-roader had overcome the stigma of being a west-coast guy trying to compete in a land dominated by east of Mississippi talent. By 2002 Rodney had already won three GNCC championships for Suzuki and showed the world that a guy from California can win back east. This  is from the Wisp, a new event held at Deep Creek, Maryland. It was a ski resort in the winter and had incredible terrain for a GNCC. It was rocky, snotty and hilly- instantly becoming the toughest event on the schedule. Rodney went on to win the race, and his fourth GNCC championship that year.

 

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Manuel Lettenbichler Wins FIM Hard Enduro World Championship Round Four At Red Bull Romaniacs

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Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler has won the fourth round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship at Red Bull Romaniacs. The victory moves the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider to the top of the championship standings. An outstanding performance by Sherco Factory Racing saw them fill the remainder of the podium with Wade Young and Mario Roman in second and third respectively.

Offroad Day 4 saw the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye come to a close following a week of epic racing. At the head of the Gold class, Lettenbichler had a virtual grasp on the overall victory thanks to a healthy 20-minute plus lead, but behind him the remainder of the podium was anything but settled.

Young had a strong grip on securing the runner-up result but still needed a solid final day to seal the deal. Roman, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt, and Vision Track Beta’s Jonny Walker were all capable of taking that third step.

 Starting his morning fourth on the road, Lettenbichler set about locking down his third Red Bull Romaniacs victory in a row. In full tune with the terrain, the German was at his best. Reeling in those ahead of him to shadow Young across the finish line in Gusterita, Manuel both won the day and the race. The win moves him to the top of the championship standings.

Wade Young

Knowing he had a slight cushion over this rivals, Young played it safe once Lettenbichler and Bolt caught up to him. Clearing the final sections, he ended this year’s rallye as the runner-up.

Starting out his day seventh, Roman was a man on a mission to defend that third step of the podium. Knowing Bolt was on the attack, Roman produced one of his strongest rides of the week. Topping two checkpoints, he pushed on to end his day in second and with it ensure a Sherco 2-3 result.

For Bolt, hopes of mirroring his Abestone Hard Enduro victory never materialised in Romania. Despite a brilliant end to his week, it was ultimately the opening days that did the damage. Finishing a close third today, the Husqvarna rider had to settle for fourth overall.

Billy Bolt: “I didn’t quite get the result I came here looking for. As ever Romaniacs never pulls its punches and on the first couple of days I took a beating. I think I was just overriding the terrain and that’s where the mistakes came from. I managed to tidy things up at the midway point, be more patient and the results started to come good. It’s a bit frustrating to just miss out on the podium, but I’ll learn from these mistakes and come back stronger.”

For Walker, his first outing on Beta machinery in the Carpathian Mountains was a very promising one. Consistently in the mix throughout the week, he rounded out the top five with fifth. Ending Offroad Day 4 in fifth, GASGAS Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak took sixth overall.

Finishing top rookie in his debut Red Bull Romaniacs, Canada’s Trystan Hart (KTM) took seventh and will no doubt be a rider to watch for at round five’s Red Bull TKO in the USA. Bulgaria’s Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) certainly came of age this week in Romania to take home eighth, with a similar performance from rising Austrian talent Michael Walkner (GASGAS) in ninth. Poland’s Dominik Olszowy (KTM) will be another rider happy with his efforts, claiming 10th.

The FIM Hard Enduro World Championship continues with round five at the Red Bull TKO in USA on August 13-15.

Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM): “I’m over the moon now to win this race and also make it my third Red Bull Romaniacs win in a row. It’s been a really good week to be fair. It’s had everything, tough long days at an insanely high pace. I have to give it to Graham Jarvis, he was on fire the first days and it’s a shame he got injured. For sure he pushed my pace up and forced the level so high. I think that’s why I got such a strong lead too. Overall I’m just excited and ready to soak up this victory. I’m also leading the championship now too, so there’s a lot to celebrate about this week.

Wade Young (Sherco): “With second up for grabs, I gave it everything today to make sure it was mine. I’m so happy for this result, but also for Sherco going 2-3, with Mario in third. We’ve have a good week, some great rides. A highlight was winning Offroad Day 3 for sure.”

Mario Roman (Sherco): “I’ve enjoyed it a lot. It’s been a tough, hard week and I’m happy to have shown myself in this. Today the pressure was on, I knew Billy was close and he’d be pushing. But I also felt that if I could arrive to the service point, without losing time then it would ease the pressure in the closing stages. I managed that and was able to keep it all together to the finish.”

Trystan Hart put in a strong showing with a 8th place on the final day and 7th overall for event.

 

Graham Jarvis: “I’m gutted with how the race turned out. I felt I was doing everything right and had the pace to push for the win this year. Unfortunately, just one little mistake did the damage, and my race was done. My plan now is to head home and get the injury fully assessed.”

 

Mani Lettenbichler on top of the box with Sherco riders Wade Young and Mario Romain finishing second and third at the Romaniacs.

 

FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Round 4

Red Bull Romaniacs – Offroad Day 4

Gold Class

1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 4:38:45
2. Mario Roman (Sherco) 4:42:18
3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 4:43:44
4. Wade Young (Sherco) 4:45:02
5. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 4:50:02
6. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 4:50:39
7. Jonny Walker (Beta) 4:50:44
8. Trystan Hart (KTM) 4:51:41
9. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 4:52:19
10. Dominik Olszowy (KTM) 5:02:39
Red Bull Romaniacs – Final Classification

Gold Class

1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 19:40:46
2. Wade Young (Sherco) 20:08:14
3. Mario Roman (Sherco) 20:13:46
4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 20:19:00
5. Jonny Walker (Beta) 20:30:55
6. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 20:46:04
7. Trystan Hart (KTM) 20:58:03
8. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 21:12:08
9. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 21:14:46
10. Dominik Olszowy (KTM) 22:14:24

 

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

In 1982 Husqvarna introduced their Silver Streak CR500. It was conceived to fight against the competition (Maico 490-YZ 465) and the new cylinder was huge, the displacement went up to 488cc and it was fed through a huge 40mm Mikuni carburetor. I was racing a 430XC in enduros and loved the power band (smooth, tractable) and this machine was nearly the complete opposite. It belched hard, had a massive throb of bottom and mid and vibrated wickedly. Of note, this shot was at a little track that we had in Malibu. I’m fairly certain that we’d be hamstrung and shot if we were caught riding there today!

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