Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker remains at the top of the World Enduro Super Series championship standings following a hard-fought third place result at Red Bull Romaniacs.
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Entering round four of WESS with a 275-point lead in this year’s championship chase, Walker was keen to build on his strong start to the season. As a two-time winner of the notoriously tough race, he was determined to use that experience to claim the best finish possible in the five-day Rallye.
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Kicking things off with fifth in the prologue, the British rider got down to business on the first full day of competition to place a strong third. Improving to second on off-road day two he then maintained his position inside the top three with two more third placed stage results, despite the difficult conditions decimating the field. Completing almost 27 hours of racing during the five-day race, Walker ended his participation in the 15th edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs third overall and with his WESS championship lead intact.
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The World Enduro Super Series continues with round four at Red Bull 111 Megawatt on September 8/9.
Jonny Walker: “Red Bull Romaniacs is always a tough event but this year was one of the hardest. I fought as hard as I could all week for the victory but unfortunately it didn’t come my way. During the race I had a few problems but managed to deal with them as best I could when they happened. It’s such a tough race that if things go wrong you can lose a lot of time. However, finishing on the podium in third is very rewarding and maintaining my championship lead at this stage in the series is equally important. The next WESS event is Red Bull 111 Megawatt, which I have won for the past three years, so my plan is to get my first WESS win there and increase my lead in the championship for the Cross-Country races that follow it.”
World Enduro Super Series, Round 4 (Provisional Final Overall Classification)
1. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 26:03:15
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 26:05:30 3. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 26:39:22
4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 28:27:36
5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 28:55:17
World Enduro Super Series Championship Standings (provisional after 4 of 8 rounds) 1. Jonny Walker (GBR) 2900 points
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER) 2715 pts
3. Billy Bolt (GBR) 2520 pts
4. Wade Young (RSA) 2220 pts
5. Paul Bolton (GBR) 1832 pts