British race and extreme enduro legend Graham Jarvis has cemented his place in history at Italy’s Hell’s Gate race, taking a record-breaking fifth win on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna at Sunday’s one-day event.
Jarvis took the win by four minutes from KTM racer Travis Teasdale, with Wade Young making it three manufacturers on the podium for Sherco.
But, despite taking victory not only in the main race but also in Sunday morning’s qualifying event too, Jarvis admitted that luck played its part in the win.
“It’s been a great event for me. Winning the morning qualifying race was a bit of a surprise. I just made sure I didn't make any mistakes and that was good enough to get the win. In the main race I got a good start but dropped behind Wade Young, who was running a really strong pace. He had some kind of a problem then, which allowed me to get ahead. I just kept a steady pace going then and things worked out great. There was a lot more man-made sections this year, which isn't really my things. But to get a fifth Hell’s Gate win is great.”
It was a less successful race for rising star Billy Bolt, though, coming home down the field after an early technical problem ruled him out of podium contention.
“Generally, I’m pleased with the way things went for me. I didn't get a great start in the main race and lost some time stuck behind riders in one of the early rocky climbs. I settled into quite a good rhythm then and was really enjoying things. About half way through the race I had an issue with my rear brake, so I rode the second half of the race only using my front brake. I think I clipped a rock. That was pretty hard on some of the down hills. I couldn't push like I wanted then and just made sure I got to the finish. I learned a lot and enjoyed my first time at Hell’s Gate.”
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