Jonny Walker Crowned Red Bull Hare Scramble Champ
Picking up his second Red Bull Hare Scramble victory Jonny Walker dominated the race from start to finish.
With pressure mounting for Walker to find his way back onto the podium following his 2013 disappointment, the young Brit rose to the challenge at the 20th edition of the Erzbergrodeo.
Believing he could and would win, Walker immediately made his intentions known as he took control of the race lead shortly after the start.
Once out front, Walker attacked hard and distanced himself from the chasing field of 500-riders. Growing stronger and stronger as the race progressed, Walker eventually crossed the finish line some 15 minutes clear of everyone else to win.
“I wanted this victory so bad,” admitted Walker. “I came here to win and wasn’t going to give up without a fight.
“I knew I needed to get into the lead and attack straight away. Once I got to the front I could pick my own lines and ride my own race. This is probably the best I’ve ever rode and I’m ecstatic to come away with the win.”
As the defending champion, many had tipped Graham Jarvis for a repeat of his 2013 win. But for Jarvis 2014 was not to be. After a good jump off the line, Jarvis was one of the numerous riders to get tangled up in the carnage as they exited the quarry floor. Fighting his way forward he passed Andreas Lettenbichler at Carl’s Diner to take second.
“It’s a shame to lose but I gave it my best shot,” told Jarvis. “I crashed at the start and was left playing catch up the whole way. Once I got to second I knew Jonny was long gone – he was riding well. Unfortunately it didn’t work out this year.”
Adding yet another podium result to his collection, Andreas Lettenbichler picked up third. Running second for the majority of the race, Letti slipped behind Jarvis at Carl’s Diner and took third.
In the fight for the final top five positions, Alfredo Gomez edged out Paul Bolton to take fourth.
Delivering yet another powerful ride around the Iron Giant, Bolton was delighted with his fifth place.
“I’m made up with this result, absolutely made up,” said Bolton. “It was a tough race but I enjoyed every minute. Fifth place is awesome.”
Taking things steady through the early high-speed sections, Dougie Lampkin found his groove as they ventured in the difficult forestry sections. Picking off a couple of riders, Lampkin came home sixth.
Canada’s Cory Graffunder worked a strong start to his advantage and followed Lampkin across the line for seventh. Aiming for a top ten result, Ben Hemingway achieved exactly that with eighth.
Battling to the finish, USA’s Taylor Robert and Cody Webb completed the top ten.
There was disappoint for David Knight. A bad start saw him battle his way forward but some numerous bike issues forced Knight to call it an early day.