Brits were on top form at the sandy Red Bull Megawatt in Poland with Jonny Walker taking the win, Graham Jarvis third and first-timer Billy Bolt challenging for a top slot.
Topping Saturday’s Prologue, Jonny Walker showed he was ready to add to his previous Megawatt victories at what has become one of his favourite events on the hard enduro calendar. It wasn’t plain sailing for the Brit however, as a couple of issues slowed his pace towards the end of the race allowing his rivals to close to within almost striking distance near to the finish.
From the start it was KTM mounted Paul Bolton who initially lead. Walker was hot on his heels and the lead changed numerous times before Walker managed to break away from the following pack. Walker built up a commanding two-minute lead after two laps, only for his advantage to be reduced to virtually nothing at the climax of the race.
Walker crossed the finish line 10 seconds ahead of second placed Mario Roman with Graham Jarvis in third.
Walker: “Getting a third Red Bull Megawatt win feels amazing, it certainly helps put the disappointment of Romaniacs and Erzberg behind me. It was a lot closer at the finish than I wanted, but a win is a win so I’m really pleased I was standing on top of the podium. Generally, things went really well – I lead during the first two laps and felt really comfortable.
“I had an issue with my rear mousse on the final lap, so I couldn’t push like I wanted to but half way around the final lap I had more than a one-minute lead. I knew I was going to get caught and I got a little nervous right before the finish, but things worked out good in the end. Thankfully I managed to get through the final rock section and across the finish line ahead of Mario. Megawatt’s been good to me in recent years so to get a third win here is awesome.”
Putting in a steady ride during Saturday’s qualifying event to secure a front row start for Sunday’s main race, Jarvis began the first of three laps inside the top 10.
Making his debut ride in Poland, Billy Bolt faired well in the tough three-lap race. Riding at the sharp end of the field on lap one, a mistake on the final hill climb saw him loose his rhythm and with it a top four position.
Graham Jarvis: “It’s a good effort for me to finish third here at Megawatt. I’m not a sand specialist so to claim a podium result is always pleasing. My start wasn’t too great, maybe about top 10 so I had a bit of work to do on the opening lap to catch up. Once a good racing line came in I was able to pick up my pace and find a good rhythm. Unfortunately, at the end Jonny and Mario were just that little bit too far in front to catch them but I’m happy. With Sea to Sky in two weeks time I’m looking forward to it now.”
The next event on the hard enduro calendar is the Red Bull Sea to Sky held in Turkey on September 28-30th.
Results Red Bull 111 Megawatt 2017
1. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 2:22:21.66
2. Mario Roman (ESP), Sherco, 2:22:32.51 +10.85
3. Graham Jarvis (GBR), Husqvarna, 2:23:59.59 +1:37.93
4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), KTM, 2:24:35.46 +2:13.80
5. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM, 2:24:59.00 +2:37.34
6. Paul Bolton (GBR), KTM, 2:28:16.75 +5:55.09
7. David Cyprian (CZE), KTM, 2:35:14.97 +12:53.31
10. Lars Enockl (AUT), KTM, 2:37:55.00 +15:33.34