The 2019 WESS gets underway at the challenging Extreme XL Lagares stop.

Briton Billy Bolt used his victory at the 2018 World Enduro Super Series season opener to propel him towards the inaugural title, however he faces a tough task if he wants to retain his crown in 2019 with eight brutal stops on the calendar.

The rider fended off German Manuel Lettenbichler, compatriot Nathan Watson and Spaniard Josep Garcia to triumph.

Bolt and his rivals return to Portugal again for the 2019 season opener this weekend with the Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares the first of eight European stops that culminate in the season finale at Germany’s GetzenRodeo from November 2-3.

World Enduro Super Series 2019 calendar
May 10-12: Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal
May 17-19: Trèfle Lozérien AMV, France
May 30-June 2: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, Austria
June 21-23: Hixpania Hard Enduro, Spain
July 30-August 4: Red Bull Romaniacs, Romania
September 21-22: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, Great Britain
October 5-6: BR2 Enduro Solsona, Spain
November 2-3: GetzenRodeo, Germany

 

 

Here is a look at the riders to watch as champions from Beach Race, Cross-Country, Enduro, Hard Enduro, SuperEnduro and Trials take to the start line:

Billy Bolt
Nationality: British
Team: Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
Bolt has had to overcome a knee injury he sustained during winter to defend his crown, however his supreme all-round bike skills mean that he is the rider to beat again.

Manuel Lettenbichler
Nationality: German
Team: KTM
Lettenbichler came of age in 2018 to take the title race down to the wire and a pre-season victory in the Dominican Republic suggests that he is firing on all cylinders again.

Nathan Watson
Nationality: British
Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Beach Race and Classic Enduro specialist Watson scored a fantastic victory at 2018’s Red Bull Knock Out and can use the addition of BR2 Enduro Solsona to his advantage in 2019.

Josep Garcia
Nationality: Spanish
Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Garcia’s Hawkstone Park Cross-Country win in 2018 saw him challenge for the title and the Classic Enduro specialist’s speed and raw talent will see him back in the mix this year.

Taddy Blazusiak
Nationality: Poland
Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Five-time Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble winner Blazusiak’s 2018 thumb injury ruined his chances, but he looks set to prosper fresh off his SuperEnduro campaign indoors.

Wade Young
Nationality: South African
Team: Sherco Factory Racing
Young became the youngest winner of Red Bull Romaniacs before going on to win the Red Bull 111 Megawatt, so look for the Hard Enduro rider to battle it out again with the elite.

Graham Jarvis
Nationality: British
Team: Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
At 43 years of age, Jarvis is Enduro’s elder statesman however he stormed to victory at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in 2018 and can still excel on his day.

Jonny Walker
Nationality: British
Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Despite leading for the majority of 2018, Walker’s hopes of being the inaugural champion ended with a Poland crash so he will be out to rectify that now he is back healthy.

Lars Enöckl
Nationality: Austrian
Team: X-Grip
As Austria’s leading Enduro rider and top privateer, Enöckl switches colours for 2019 as he has moved from Gas Gas to X-Grip Husqvarna to try and improve on 10th overall in 2018.

Alfredo Gomez
Nationality: Spanish
Team: Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
Injured prior to 2018, Gomez missed the opening three rounds of the season but he is now back to his best and more determined than ever to win every Hard Enduro on the calendar.

Travis Teasdale
Nationality: South African
Team: Eurotek KTM
Part of the new-look Eurotek KTM team for 2019, Teasdale is a rising talent on the world stage and should challenge for a top-five result on a consistent basis this season.

Will Hoare
Nationality: British
Team: Eurotek KTM
Hoare was one of the standout privateer riders during 2018 and he has since gone on to win the FIM SuperEnduro Junior World Championship so look for him to be in the 2019 running.

Pol Tarres
Nationality: Spanish
Team: TTR Officine Rigamonti
A relative newcomer to Enduro, the former FIM Trials Junior World Champion is a rider with lots of potential and has now signed to the new Italian outfit of TTR Officine Rigamonti.

Mario Roman
Nationality: Spanish
Team: Sherco Factory Racing
Aiming to excel at the series’ Hard Enduro races, Roman is a front runner and he will sight round four as his best opportunity as a proven winner of the Hixpania Hard Enduro.

David Cyprian
Nationality: Czech
Team: JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
Cyprian is the Czech Republic’s leading Enduro rider and he heads into the new WESS season fresh off a classy top-three finish at the 2019 FIM SuperEnduro Junior World Championship.

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