Sibiu, Romania – 24 July, 2018 — Round four of the World Enduro Super Series at Red Bull Romaniacs got off to an exciting start with Great Britain’s Billy Bolt claiming the Gold class prologue win. With the streets of Sibiu lined with thousands of Romanian Enduro fans, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider claimed a start-to-finish win over Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young (RSA) in second and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak (POL) third.

With three action-packed finals set for the evening, it was Brazil’s Gianino Coscarelli who claimed the Bronze class victory, while Austria’s Dieter Rudolf proved the rider to beat in the Silver category.

Following a wet and slippery morning of qualification for the competitors representing 53 nations in the 15th edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs, the sky cleared come race time and all three finals were treated to dry conditions.

Setting the fastest time in qualification, Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) was keen to turn that speed into a winning result in the 35-rider Gold class final. However, Bolt had other ideas and immediately took control of the race lead following the Le Mans style start.

With the track heaving with competitors, the British rider kept his cool as he navigated the wacky array of obstacles with ease. Opening up an ever-increasing lead during the 15-minute final, Bolt lapped the entire field to claim the win.

Behind him however the race was anything but sedate as Young, Blazusiak, Lettenbichler and WESS series’ leader Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) all battled for the remainder of the podium positions. With a couple of laps to go, Young pulled clear to claim the runner-up result, while Blazusiak got the better of Lettenbichler on the final lap to grab third.

Walker completed the top five, with Spain’s Pol Tarres (Husqvarna) sixth. Aiming for his seventh Red Bull Romaniacs victory, Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) — the 2017 winner — got his week off to a comfortable start with seventh.

With the prologue complete, the starting order for the top three Gold class riders is reversed and will see Blazusiak lead the field out for the opening off road day, with Young second and Bolt third. The first off road day is set to be a challenging one as the competitors face a 160-kilometre ride across the Carpathian Mountains to Petrosani for the first of two overnight bivouacs.

Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB): “It feels great to get a win in the bag already. I know it’s only the beginning of a very long race but it definitely offers a good sense of confidence and motivation heading into the mountains tomorrow. The race was perfect for me — I think I led it from start to finish and lapped every rider. But of course tomorrow will be a different story. With this win I can start as the third rider and then see what happens.”

Wade Young (Sherco – RSA): “I’m really pleased with second place. I think it’s actually my first time finishing on the podium in the prologue, which is cool to finally get that done. It’s always impossible to know where you are in this race after a couple of laps. I knew I was in a good position and I was riding well but safe. I’m keen for tomorrow, I feel ready for it this year and want to put in a strong ride from the off.”

Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL): “I watched the prologue last year and it looked like so much fun so it’s been good to race it. The track rode really well and luckily it stayed dry too. It’s cool to be on the podium but third is a bittersweet position to be in as it means I’ll lead out tomorrow due to the reversed start order of the top three. I don’t have a lot of GPS experience, so with no tracks to follow it’s going to be an interesting start but I’ll give it my best, that’s for sure.”

Results – Red Bull Romaniacs – Prologue

Gold class

1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 11 laps, 17:50.377; 2. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 10 laps, 17:56.627; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 17:58.377; 4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 17:59.877; 5. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 18:17.127; 6. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna – ESP) 18:34.130; 7. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 18:55.377; 8. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 19:04.880; 9. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 19:39.130; 10. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 9 laps, 18:48.377…

Silver Class

1. Dieter Rudolf (AUT) 6 laps, 13:31.943; 2. Robert Nowak (AUS) 5 laps, 13:35.453; 3. Matthew Green (RSA) 5 laps, 13:39.943; 4. Emanuel Gyenes (ROU) 13:53.443; 5. Robert Scharf (DEU) 14:01.697…

Bronze Class

1. Gianino Coscarelli (BRA) 4 laps, 13:40.460; 2. Fabien Choffat (CHE) 16:40.747; 3. Matthew Hannaford (AUS) 16:44.457; 4. Bieri Marc (CHE) 18:44.963; 5. Milos Novakovic (SVN) 18:18.963…

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WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE

Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3
Rnd 3. Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) June 8-10
Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Rnd 6. Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (England) September 22-23
Rnd 7. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Rnd 8. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

Callan May (Yamaha YZ250FX) is expected to be among the leading riders again this weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan

There’s no rest for the wicked and, it seems, there can be no rest for the very good either.

This weekend is the second of three rounds in the popular Motomuck Two-Man Cross-country Series, and that means Titirangi’s Callan May will most likely be back on his Yamaha YZ250FX and racing yet again.

Fresh from winning the third and final round of the parallel-but-separate Dirt Guide Cross-country Series near Tokoroa last weekend, the 26-year-old May is obviously in hot form at the moment.

Riding solo, he also won the opening round of the Motomuck Two-Man Series last month and so is heavily favoured to win again on Sunday, with this second round of the series at the same weather-proof venue.

Organised by the appropriately-named Endless Dirtbiking group, Sunday’s course at The Sandpit riding park, in the Woodhill Forest, near Helensville, is sure to be as challenging as it is enjoyable for the riders, the sandy soil able to cope with any weather conditions. Sunday’s course has been set out in a fresh part of the park.

The Sandpit also offers terrain that suits May’s fast and flowing riding style, although plenty of top riders go fast there and any number of riders who could snatch victory on the Sunday, including other solo (ironman) riders such as Muriwai’s round one runner-up Luke Mobberley, Rotorua’s Bradley Lauder, Cambridge’s Ashton Grey or Ararimu’s Richard Sutton, to name a few.

As the event name implies, two-rider teams may share riding duties over the gruelling three hours, and Tokoroa brothers Jake and Nick Wightman teamed up to finish third overall at round one, suggesting that May should also consider them a threat.

Sunday’s programme features a two-hour race for junior riders, followed by the three-hour race for the seniors and there are categories included for expert, clubman, novice, veterans, women, father and son teams and mixed (male and female) teams too.

Some of the juniors to look out for on Sunday include the youngsters who finished on the podium at round one, Auckland’s Ryan Webley, Muriwai’s JayRoy Skinner and Warkworth’s Finn Tomlinson, with others such as Mangawhai’s Robyn Turnbull, Morrinsville’s Liam Calley and Whangaparoa’s Jacob Refoy also expected to shine this weekend.

The third and final round of the Motomuck Two-Man Cross-country Series is set for Woodhill again, on Sunday, September 2, that event doubling up also as the third round of six in the parallel-but-separate Yamaha NZXC Series.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan

Calvin Vlaanderen has had a stellar race day at Loket as he wrapped up the MXGP of Czech Republic with a second place overall – and third consecutive podium finish – despite a difficult starting position. With a win in the first moto, a third place in the second race and 45 points overall – the same as the GP winner – the standard bearer of Team HRC in MX2 is now only 13 points shy of fourth place in the standings and 40 points away from the top-three.

Despite the 21st gate pick, Vlaanderen had an excellent start and was fourth as the MX2 field completed the opening lap of the race. After getting the better of Henry Jacobi and Michele Cervellin in the early stages of the moto, the 22-year-old rider from Cape Town put himself on the chase of the leading duo and powered his Honda CRF250RW machine first past Jorge Prado (lap ten) before taking the lead on lap 14 from Thomas Covington. Once at the front, Calvin never looked back and was five seconds ahead of the battle for second place before entering the final lap.

Vlaanderen was in eleventh place entering the first full lap of the second moto, and soon began his charge to the front. By lap six, he was all over Pauls Jonass for third and, after the two swapped positions a couple of times, Calvin lost a little bit of rhythm and ground from the Estonian opponent. Calvin did not give up and by lap 12 he completed the perfect pass on the reigning champion; it was a little bit too late, however for a last go at the overall win, which would have required a second-place finish after Prado edged Covington for first place in the moto.

The MX2 World Championship will return to action in a fortnight’s time (4-5 August) at Lommel in Belgium.

Monster Energy Honda Team continues with the preparations for the 41st edition of the Dakar while the official confirmation that the event will go ahead has been announced. It has also been revealed that the world’s toughest race will take place, in its entirety, in Peru over a total of ten stages.

Race organizers of the 2019 Dakar Rally have made public the first details of the forthcoming edition with the announcement that odyssey will play out entirely on Peruvian territory. The race will get underway on January 6 with the start scheduled to take place in the country’s capital Lima.

From Lima, the entourage will head south, covering the coastal region with stages in Pisco, San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa – places already visited in the most recent edition of the rally. In Moquegua will held the unique Marathon stage before arrive to Arequipa for the rest day that will be held on January 12 before the rally begins the return journey back to Lima with looping stages in San Juan de Marcona and Pisco. In total, about 5000 kilometres of race, where there will be 3000 km of special stages and about 2000 kilometres of liaison.

Technically, riders can expect tough days full of demanding navigation. Monster Energy Honda Team is deep in preparations for the Dakar, with a busy summer programme that will include three South American races this summer. First up is the Atacama Rally in Chile which is followed by the Desafío Ruta 40 in Argentina, both of which have points which count towards the FIM World Championship. In addition the team is set to take part in the Inca Challenge in Peru, a Dakar Series event, to be held in September.

TWO KIWI RIDERS ATTEND YZ65 CUP

The first round of the Yamaha YZ65 cup took place at MX Central alongside the Raymond Terrace
round of the 2018 MX Nationals in Newcastle Australia over the weekend, between 14-15 July.
Yamaha Motor New Zealand was delighted to have two Kiwi riders (Will Harvey and Richard
Spencer) represent New Zealand at the event as well as provide an opportunity for the riders to have
a full bLU cRU experience.

Developed for Yamaha’s newest bLU cRU members, the YZ65 cup experience aims to provide riders
with a money-can’t buy experience of racing in front of a national crowd.
The two Kiwi riders, Will Harvey and Richard Spencer had their throttles wide open in every Moto to
gain a well-deserved overall position in the final cup.

Both Harvey and Spencer were incredibly excited to have an opportunity for the full factory race
experience, being able to pit under the bLU cRU truck awning, with assistance from Yamaha factory
technicians. Another event highlight was attending a bLU cRU BBQ on Saturday evening with the
Yamaha factory teams, an opportunity for autographs and signed merchandise.

The all new YZ65 is fitted with Yamaha’s YPVS system, this feisty two-stroke has heaps of easy-to-use
torque and handling is predictable and assured thanks to tried and tested chassis design and
industry leading KYB suspension.
YZ65 offers all the fun, performance and dependability of Yamaha’s bigger YZs. It’s the first step on a
long journey – a journey that will keep young guns with the bLU cRU and firmly within the
VictorYZone.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is looking at hosting regional training clinics in the coming months for
riders who have purchased a YZ65 in New Zealand. All YZ65 riders are encouraged to contact their
local Yamaha dealer to register their interest for a locally based training event.