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The might of the Iron Giant is again to be tested this weekend, as riders from around the globe line up for the 24th annual Erzbergrodeo in Austria.
Now part of the new World Enduro Super Series, the event will take place place from May 31 to June 3, and will see Husqvarna’s Billy Bolt attempt to keep his lead in the series ahead of some stiff competition.
Chief among the chasing pack is Erzberg legend and fellow Husqvarna campaigner Graham Jarvis, who as a three-time winner of the infamously difficult event has possibly the best shot at overtaking his teammate for the WESS bragging rights.
Three-time winner of the event Jonny Walker will also be looking for a fourth victory as he carries the form that took him to the runner-up spot at round one of the WESS – Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal. The young but experienced Brit is keen to claim those valuable 1,000 WESS points at the close of the event.
“I am really looking forward to Erzberg, he said, I think the event really suits me. Things were great at Lagares, the bike was perfect and I was riding well, I was just pipped at the end after having some bad luck getting through the back markers. If I can keep my head down and not make any mistakes, I know I can get another good result in Austria.”
Taddy Blazusiak, who could be described as the king of Erzberg considering his five consecutive wins from 2007 to 2011 – will be looking to cement his place in history further. Following a tough, but ultimately successful Lagares where Taddy batted from last to claim fourth overall, he will definitely be gunning for the top-step of the podium at the Hare Scramble.
“Erzberg is a really important race for me, Blazuisiak said. I know I have the skill and the speed to do well but I need to make the most of my experience too. Solid finishes are important for the championship, but I have to try my best to claw back some points on the leaders at Erzberg – one of my favourite events.”
As we reported yesterday, Lyndon Poskitt – who last year competed on his 2016 Dakar spec KTM – had all his gear stolen from his van en route to the event – including his Alta Motors Redshift bikes. Poskitt was set to be one of the first riders to take on the Iron Giant with an EV, but isn’t letting the theft of his bikes get him down.
He posted to his Facebook account the following statement looking ahead to the event: “Positive Mental Attitude….we won’t let this stop us. Everyone is pulling out the stops and helping to get us there. I WILL race Erzberg 2018 despite having everything stolen.”
On the home front, we have four Kiwis flying the flag at Erzberg. With Tom Buxton, Mackenzie Wiig, Dylan Yearbury and Reon Boe all set to shoot their respective KTMs up the Iron Giant in the Hare Scramble in the Competition Single class.
Make sure you give the boys of our unofficial Team Kiwi all your support via their Facebook pages and let them know you’re rooting for them!
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE
Round 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Round 2. Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 31-June 3
Round 3. Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) June 8-10
Round 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Round 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Round 6. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Round 7. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10
It’s all falling into place again for Brad Groombridge.
It has already been an incredible season for the 27-year-old Taupo locksmith, but he celebrated yet more dirt biking glory on Saturday when he won the third round of five in this year’s New Zealand Enduro Championships near Nelson, that result propelling him into the series lead.
Groombridge is no stranger to winning enduro titles, having raced his Suzuki RM-Z250 to win the New Zealand Enduro Championships in his “first serious attempt” in 2016, and now he’s on target to claim that silverware again.
He is again riding a Suzuki RM-Z250 bike – and up against riders on 300cc and 450cc machines – but he had no problem coping with the horsepower handicap and he also had more than enough power to deal with the deep water and mud that he encountered on Saturday.
“There was a lot of standing water on the course on Saturday and I nearly got stuck a couple of times. I just couldn’t tell how deep the water was.
“At one stage I had water up to the seat on the bike, but managed to pull the bike out and kept the engine running. Quite a few other riders had issues and I think I had a bit of luck go my way.”
Runner-up to Groombridge on Saturday was Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, with Tokoroa’s Jake Wightman third overall on the day.
Groombridge has certainly proven himself the man to beat in New Zealand these past couple of seasons, his impressive string of results surely enough to make his rivals weep.
He took a Suzuki RM-Z450 to finish fifth in the MX1 class at the motocross nationals in 2016 and he rode a Suzuki RM-Z250 to claim overall runner-up in the MX2 (250cc) class in the motocross nationals earlier this season, finishing behind Auckland’s defending champion Hamish Harwood, but ahead of Australian visitor and former Grand Prix racer Jay Wilson.
As well as winning the enduro crown for the first time in 2016, Groombridge won his first national cross-country crown that year too, then backed that up by defending his cross-country title in 2017.
He then wrapped up the 2018 national cross-country crown at the final round of the series, near Mosgiel a fortnight ago – making it three successive national cross-country titles – before switching back to enduro mode of the enduro nationals event near Nelson on Saturday.
The final two rounds of this year’s enduro nationals will be a double-header weekend, day one set for the Santoft Forest, near Bulls, on June 9, and the fifth and final round of the competition set for Martinborough the following day.
Words and photo by Andy McGechan
Tragedy has struck global adventure rider, racer, multiple Dakar Rally finisher and all round top bloke – Lyndon Poskitt.
Just two days out from the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo, Poskitt’s new Alta Motors Electric Dirt Bikes which he has spent weeks tuning for the event – plus much much of his gear – were stolen from the back of his van while en route to Austria.
Poskitt hadn’t even left the UK when, during a stop for lunch in Harlow, a white Ford Transit rolled up next to his van and cleaned it out.
The clearly distraught rider broke the news via his social media accounts early this morning NZ time.
“I’ve had my van broken into Harlow, UK, M11 J7 and everything stolen on the way to Erzberg. 2 Alta Motors bikes, gear, 2 new Honda generators, tools, spares all our camera gear, laptop etc etc. To say this has ruined my day and my Erzberg is an understatement. We were stopped for 20 mins for lunch. Please please share, I’m working with the police now but feel it needs more power, get on it please, I just want everything back.”
He has offered a £5,000 ($9500) reward for the bikes back in time for him to compete at Erzberg.
We’re totally gutted for Lyndon. Not only were we thoroughly enjoying watching his progress in setting up the electric bikes for Erzberg, we were hoping to see him clean up with the new tech bikes against the established players.
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He’s one of the nicest racers you’ll ever meet, and we sincerely hope he gets his gear back in one piece.
The 2018 Erzberg Rodeo kicks into life in two days in Austria.