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Brit wins Hell's Gate race

Published: 11 February 2005

Updated: 24 November 2014

British rider David Knight took a convincing win for the KTM Racing team at the Hell's Gate extreme enduro in Italy.

Knight, who won the inaugral event in 2004, topped the monring qualifying session this year, before leading the main Hell's Gate race from start to finish and claiming the 8000 Euro first prize.

Only five riders actually finished the event with Knight admitting he slowed on the final of four laps ensure more riders finished within the 40-minute cut-off time. This is from a field of 30 top class enduro riders. And even Knight had some difficulties, despite leading from the first corner, and starting the final lap with a 15-minute advantage.

As night fell, Knight eased his pace to stay safe.

"I tried being a smart ass and rode down the waterfall in the dark on the last lap, crashed and broke my light. Luckily it wasn't too bad and I didn't lose too much time but it could have been pretty nasty," said Knight. "Getting up the final hill wasn't as hard as it was last year but I was glad to get to the finish. it's been a really good event again and I'm, really pleased to have won for a second year.

Hell's Gate Enduro finishers:

David Knight, KTM

Wayne Baybrook, Honda

Juan Knight, Gas Gas

Anders Eriksson, Husqvarna

Andrea Beconi, Yamaha.

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