WALKER WINS THE WALL EXTREME ENDURO
Jonny Walker tops the first running of The Wall Extreme Enduro Race held at the Off Road Park in Pietramurata, Trento, Italy
Bringing together many of the extreme enduro world’s best racers with Enduro World Championship regulars like Alex Salvini, Johnny Aubert and Thomas Oldrati, Walker topped both the morning qualifying race before going on to top the ‘final race’ held under the cover of darkness.
“The Wall has been a great event, I’ve really enjoyed it,” told Walker. “It’s quite a lot different to most other extreme events I race, with the multiple special test format, but starting off by winning the morning race was cool.”
Looking to return to his winning ways having placed as runner-up at the recent Tennessee Knock Out in the States, Walker did exactly that by putting his name at the top of the morning’s multiple special test event. Placing ahead of Italians Thomas Oldrati and Alex Salvini, Walker topped three special tests.
Faced with a completely new track for the final race, Walker again set the pace from the start. Going on to post the fastest time in all of the special tests he topped the final podium ahead of Graham Jarvis and Alfredo Gomez.
“The new test we used for the second part of the race was also really good fun, with a few tricky places that could catch you out. I managed to win all of the tests but I was a bit lucky because I crashed on the last one.
“I took it a little easy as I knew I didn’t need to go all-out, but right near the finish I crashed. It was a little stressful there for a while but I managed to pull some time back and get the win. It’s been a great event.”
After a slightly slow start to his morning, Jarvis lets his riding do the talking once the darkness arrived for the night race. Second to Walker in the first two tests before matching his KTM rival second for second on the final outing, Jarvis placed a strong runner-up in a style of race the Husqvarna rider didn’t expect to suit him…
“To finish second in a race with this kind of format, one that’s got quite a lot of fast riding, is good for me. It’s always nice to try something new and the race was really good, and great for the spectators. I knew that it would be hard to win, but I’m really pleased with second.”
Making it a 1-2-3 for the extreme enduro regulars, Alfredo Gomez joined Walker and Jarvis on the podium for third.
“I really enjoyed this race,” said Gomez. “The format was really fun. It was difficult for me because my luggage got lost when I flew here to Italy, so it was hard for me. I had to borrow everything from other people. But I raced anyway. I made a mistake in the last final, I crashed, but still to finish on the podium having arrived with none of my stuff is pretty good.”
Despite the youngest of the field making it through for the night programme, Manuel Lettenbichler continues to prove himself as an emerging star of enduro. Placing ahead of Alex Salvini in fifth, Lettenbichler just missed out on a podium result by less than one second.
Results – The Wall Extreme Enduro Race 2015
Jonny Walker (KTM)
Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna)
Manni Lettenbichler (KTM)
Alex Salvini (Honda)
Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna)