After winning the Erzberg Rodeo just over a week ago and finishing first in the Romaniacs Prologue on Wednesday, Metzeler rider Jonny Walker fought for four days to take home first place on Sunday and third overall in the Romaniacs enduro.
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In the Prologue, Walker’s excellent riding skills took him to first place, but there was a sharp learning curve for the rest of the enduro, as he had to use GPS for navigation for the first time in his career. On the first day of the enduro, Walker got lost a few times but was still able to finish fourth. Veteral Romaniac Graham Jarvis finished first on Day 1.
Of his first day, Walker said “it wasn`t how I expected, I was lost a few times, but navigation was easier than I thought. I am happy that I finished the day all right! At one point I was even chased by shepherd dogs… We teamed up a few times with Xavi, Graham and Letti – and in the end with Chris, who was super fast in the mountains!”
On Day 2, Walker actually overslept and wound up having to program his GPS while on the bike, but had a better time overall and enjoyed the fast, flowing trails. Of Day 2, Graham Jarvis said “I had a few falls today and every time it took me some time to recover. But this is part of the game and I am glad that I reached the finish in good shape. I am surprised by the weather, this is quite unusual for the Red Bull Romaniacs! I`d prefer a bit more rain….”
On Day 4, Walker came first, but it wasn’t enough to take the overall title from 2nd place finisher Andreas Lettenbichler or Romaniacs winner Graham Jarvis. Still, Walker was optimistic. Said Walker, “I’m here for the experience this year and want to come back next year to kick some butt. I am stoked to have made it onto the podium of this unbelievable race!”
Just what is the Romaniacs enduro? Red Bull’s site explains:
4 days of competition along a difficult and enthralling course, which leads through the Southern Carpathian Mountains and redefines the meaning of “Extreme Enduro”. The Rally is tailored for ultimate offroad and Enduro fun -‐ combined with challenges that bring the participants of each individual class (Hobby Single, Hobby Team, Expert Single, Expert Team, PRO) to their limits. Due to these challenges and the difficulty level, high abandon rates are common. Therefore: To FINISH is to be a WINNER. The track is unfolding along well-‐chosen mountain areas, rocky grounds, hills and valleys; tarmac is avoided as much as possible.
Despite the tough challenges, all competitors agree that the Red Bull Romaniacs is one of the most beautiful Enduro races. The breathtaking countryside, the Romanian hospitality and the fact, that it is a race from riders for riders, make every event a long lasting memory for participants and fans alike. The daily distances covered range from 100km to 200km.
Walker is riding our 6 Days Extreme tire, which is the same tire Taddy Blazusiak used to win the inaugural Enduro X competition at the X Games last summer, and is the tire Walker and Dougie Lampkin used to finish first and second in the Erzberg Enduro last week.