Graham Jarvis’ three-year reign at the Red Bull
Romaniacs ends with hard fought runner-up result
Entering the weeklong race in Sibiu, Romania as the defending champion, Jarvis got his title defence off to great start by claiming second place in Tuesday’s City Prologue.
With the race starting for real the following day, the Husqvarna rider pushed hard to try and take an early advantage. But with closest rival Jonny Walker chasing him hard it wasn’t to be Jarvis’ day and he placed second to Walker on Day One.
Bouncing back to claim victory on Day Two, Graham levelled the score with Walker as they began the second half of the race. Ending Day Three second to Walker, he faced a tough challenge to retake control of the race lead on the final day. Despite his best efforts he was unable to reel Walker back in on the predominately fast and flowing terrain of the fourth and final day. Despite his best efforts Jarvis finally secured the runner-up result.
Husqvarna mounted Canadian Cory Graffunder acquitted himself well in his debut ride at Romaniacs. Focused simply on gaining experience in the race, Graffunder steadily improved as he grew accustomed to the terrain. Reaching the finish line, he secured a well-deserved top 10 result.
Graham Jarvis: “Unfortunately, it’s my first Red Bull Romaniacs defeat in four years but overall I’ve got to be happy with the runner-up result. Jonny rode a great race and hardly put a foot wrong all week. I was hoping to try and gain some time back on him on Day Four but it wasn’t possible. The early part of the day was quite fast and he managed to pull a gap on me. In the end I was just happy to ride home for second. It’s been a different race this year – not as hard as it’s been in the past. It’s been good though. I’ve really enjoyed it, but I just didn’t have the pace of Jonny in all the fast stuff. Of course I wanted to win but I’ll come back stronger next year and try to win it back.”
Cory Graffunder: “I’m just happy to have reached the finish. With the decision made to come here at the very last minute I knew I was underprepared but just wanted to make the best of the opportunity Husqvarna gave me. Day One was tough as I was just getting used to the type of race and the conditions. We had harder days after that but I was improving all the time. My goal was to reach the finish and I did even better with a top ten result, so I’m extremely pleased. Hopefully next year I can return and build on what I’ve achieved here.”
Results – Romaniacs 2014 (overall) 1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3. Wade Young (KTM) 4. Paul Bolton (KTM)5. Andreas Lettenbichler (KTM)
Husqvarna Motorcycles secure 1-3 result at Hard Enduro Piatra Neamt in Romania
Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis delivered a flawless performance at the Hard Enduro Piatra Neamt in Romania to win round two of the European Extreme Enduro Championship. And with Alfredo Gomez placing third it was an event to remember for Husqvarna Motorcycles.
As the defending event champion, Jarvis entered HEPN as one of the main favourites for victory. But with race attracting a host of world-class extreme enduro riders for the second round of the newly introduced European Extreme Enduro Championship it was never going to be an easy race.
Placing second in Friday’s Prologue, Jarvis got his weekend off to a strong start. Starting day one in second, Jarvis set about reeling in close rival Jonny Walker. Catching Walker on the final hill climb, Jarvis battled his way past to win the day. With a sizable advantage in hand starting day two, Jarvis rode steadily and smart. Making few mistakes he crossed the finish line directly behind Walker to ensure the outright win and with it took control of the championship lead.
Making his debut ride at HEPN, Alfredo Gomez was quick to impress. Fourth in the Prologue, the Spaniard delivered a solid performance on day one to catch and pass Walker to place second. On day two a few mistakes held Gomez back. Losing time to leaders Jarvis and Walker, Gomez ended his day in third and narrowly lost out on the outright runner-up result by just six seconds.
Graham Jarvis: “It’s great to get another win at the HEPN and also take the lead in the European Extreme Enduro Championship. It’s been a tough couple of days. Rain on day one made things very slippery and greasy and also navigation was hard. On the last hill I managed to pass Jonny and take the win. That gave me a good advantage entering the final day so I knew that if I rode smart the outright win was mine. Jonny caught me early and was pushing hard so I just tried to stay close to him. We pretty much arrived to the finish together so I knew I had won the race – it’s been a brilliant weekend.”
Alfredo Gomez: “It’s been a close race. I’m happy to have finished on the podium but just a little disappointed to have missed out on the runner-up result by only six seconds. The conditions were tricky and I got lost about five times on day one. It’s only my first time here so overall I’m pleased to get a top three result.”
Results – Hard Enduro Piatra Neamt
Extreme Enduro #1 Graham Jarvis stays with Husqvarna Motorcycles
Graham Jarvis – the rider widely regarded as the world’s number one Extreme Enduro racer – has officially extended his contract with Husqvarna Motorcycles, which sees the Brit as a factory backed Husqvarna rider until the end of the 2016 season.
Signing a two-year extension of his existing contract with Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Head of Motorsport Robert Jonas in Mattighofen, Austria on Tuesday, Graham will continue to lead Husqvarna’s efforts in Extreme Enduro competitions around the world.
As the most successful Extreme Enduro racer competing today, Jarvis has earned victories at The Tough One, Hell’s Gate, King of the Motos, Erzberg, Romaniacs, Sea to Sky, Extreme XL Paredes, Roof of Africa and many more. With a wealth of experience and incredible bike handling skills Jarvis is a feared competitor who has played a key roll in the rise in popularity of the Extreme Enduro scene.
Graham Jarvis: “It’s great to have signed a two-year contract extension with Husqvarna. To know now that I’ll be staying with the same team, with the same fantastic level of support from Husqvarna, through to the end of the 2016 season is amazing. Everyone knows that winning is a team effort and the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing team gives me fantastic support. Together with the amazing range of 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines Husqvarna has, I have everything I need to continue challenging for victories in Extreme Enduro races all over the world.”
Robert Jonas: “Graham is without question an incredible rider, and one that Husqvarna Motorcycles are very proud to work with. His successes in Extreme Enduro races around the world speak for themselves. Graham really is an incredible athlete – one that is hugely experienced and totally focused on doing the best he can for himself and Husqvarna. Knowing that Graham will be racing for Husqvarna for at least the next two seasons really is great news for Husqvarna Motorcycles.”
Winning the Extreme Enduro season opening Hell’s Gate event before placing fourth at The Tough One and more recently as runner-up at Erzberg, Jarvis’ next major event will be Red Bull Romaniacs (July 15-19), which he starts as four-time and defending champion.
Runner-up result for Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis at Erzberg’s Red Bull Hare Scramble.
Missing out on a repeat of his 2013 victory, Graham Jarvis ended the 20th edition of Erzberg’s Red Bull Hare Scramble in second place. Ensuring two Husqvarna Motorcycles placed inside the top five, Jarvis’ team mate Alfredo Gomez finished fourth.
Qualifying well to claim an important front row start for the main event – the Red Bull Hare Scramble – Jarvis initially got a good jump at the drop of the starter’s flag. But as riders fought to climb the first hill out of the quarry Graham tangled with fallen riders and was forced to climb the first hill for a second time. Rejoining the race outside the top forty the Brit battled hard to recover lost time. Working his way forward Graham fought his way into second position at the end of the notorious Carl’s Diner section. With time running out the 2013 winner was forced to settle for the runner-up result.
Unlike Jarvis, Gomez began his race in a strong position, placing inside the top five as he exited the quarry. On course to repeat his 2014 podium result, Gomez then made some mistakes that ultimately saw his chance of a top three result disappear. Despite pushing hard in the closing stages of the race, the Spaniard battled hard to take fourth.
Graham Jarvis: “To be honest my chance of winning ended on the very first hill out of the quarry floor. I came off the line quite well but got boxed out going into the first corner. When I came to the first climb a few riders crashed in front of me and I then crashed trying to get around them. I had to take a second run at the climb. That put me behind straight away and it was an uphill battle from there. The pace was pretty high and it was tough to fight back. I got up to second going through Carl’s Diner but by that stage Jonny Walker was just too far ahead to catc. I had to take second. It’s disappointing – I wanted to win.”
Alfredo Gomez: “The race started well but during the middle of it I made four big mistakes. I didn’t really crash anywhere I just lost time on some of the climbs. That really cost me a chance of finishing on the podium. It’s disappointing because I felt like I had the speed to place inside the top three. It’s unfortunate but fourth is still a good result.”
Results: Red Bull Hare Scramble 2014 1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1:37:38; 2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 1:50:50; 3. Andreas Lettenbichler (KTM) 1:53:01; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 1:53:53; 5. Paul Bolton (KTM) 1:55:21; 6. Dougie Lampkin (KTM) 2:05:31; 7. Cory Graffunder (Husqvarna) 2:05:51; 8. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 2:18:01; 9. Taylor Robert (KTM) 2:19:24; 10. Cody Webb (Beta) 2:20:06…
wins 4th Hell's Gate
Collecting his fourth Hell’s Gate victory to become the most successful rider ever at the Italian Hard Enduro race, Graham Jarvis dominated the 2014 event aboard his TE 300
Bel Ray Husqvarna Enduro Team rider Graham Jarvis has once again showed that he is the man to beat when it comes to Hard Enduro racing. Winning the 11th running of the Hell’s Gate event in Italy he finished 22 minutes ahead of second placed Jonny Walker.
A three-time winner heading into the 2014 edition of the race, Jarvis needed just half a lap to work his way into the lead of the main event having made a cautious start. Well aware just how challenging the Tuscan course can be, Graham’s pace was simply too strong for his rivals and with two of the five laps completed the TE 300 mounted rider was five minutes ahead. Stopping briefly for his first fuel stop, as Jarvis headed towards the night he further extended his lead.
With all riders that fall more than 30 minutes behind the race leader withdrawn from the event, for many it was a one-lap race. Half way around the penultimate lap just four riders remained in the competition, with Jarvis setting a relentless pace out front.
Not wanting to risk throwing away the hard work he’d done during the first four laps of the race, Jarvis cautiously made his way around the fifth and last lap before finally arriving at the top of Hell’s Peak as a deserved and convincing winner.
Graham Jarvis: “It’s great to get a fourth win here at Hell’s Gate. I’ve raced here so many times over the years that I know what to expect, but this year’s race was definitely one of the toughest. I was pleased with second in the morning enduro – it gave me a good starting position and all I wanted to do was get around the first few corners without any mistakes. We went off the start almost directly into a massive water hole. I took it easy there, but it didn't take too long before I was back into the top three. Andreas Lettenbichler and Cody Webb both made mistakes and then I got around Jonny Walker, and then just put my head down. I moved into the lead about half way around the first lap. I was expecting things to be easier this year with no ice and snow, but the rocks were really slippery. The extra, fifth, lap made it hard. We rode close to two laps in the dark, but apart from a few falls I didn't have any problems. It’s great to win by a good margin and give Husqvarna their first Hell’s Gate win.”
Graham Jarvis On Winning Form at Extreme XL Paredes
Husaberg Extreme Racing Team’s Graham Jarvis has returned to the top step of yet another Hard Enduro event, securing victory in the Extreme XL Paredes in Portugal. Teammate Alfredo Gomez ended the race in third.
Ending their first Hard Enduro season on a high, the Husaberg Extreme Racing Team enjoyed double podium success in Portugal. As defending champion of the event formally known as Extreme XL Lagares, Jarvis arrived to the event confident of a winning result following his near miss at the recent Red Bull Sea to Sky. But with a strong line up of riders competing, the world’s best Hard Enduro rider knew he wouldn’t have it easy.
With a Saturday night prologue determining the starting order for Sunday’s main event, it was Gomez that set the fastest time around the endurocross styled course to claim pole position. But in the showcase Super Final, a mistake from Gomez allowed Jarvis to sneak through for the race win.
With the main event starting at 12.30hrs, Gomez claimed an early lead in the race. Perfectly managing the opening section, he held a slight advantage over Jarvis and Dougie Lampkin as the leading trio quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the field.
Finding his rhythm on the technical sections, Jarvis worked his way past Gomez and set about opening up a lead. But with Gomez determined to keep his teammate in sight, the Husaberg rider was unable to pull away. Continuing his unrelenting pace, Jarvis eventually stretched his advantage over Gomez to finally secure victory by over four minutes.
Looking on course to finish as runner-up to Jarvis, Gomez ran into trouble in the final stages of the race. Lacking full fitness due to his recent wrist injury, the Spaniard crashed on a tricky rocky climb. Losing time, he slipped back to end his race third overall behind Lampkin.
The Husaberg Extreme Racing Team duo of Jarvis and Gomez now travel to Ecuador in South America to compete in the Ukupacha Extreme on October 19/20.
Xavi Galindo (Team Manager): “Securing a double podium result has been a great end to our Hard Enduro season as a team. Both Jarvis and Gomez rode an incredible race in what were extremely demanding conditions. After disappointingly missing out on winning the Red Bull Sea to Sky, Jarvis was determined to succeed in Portugal. He followed Gomez early on in the race and then took over the lead. Once out front, he controlled his advantage and claimed the win. Despite only just recovering from his recent wrist injury, Gomez impressed by setting the fastest time in Saturday’s qualification. For him, the main race went well - he led early on and then remained close to Jarvis for most of it. Unfortunately, he made a small mistake towards the end and lost out on the runner-up result.”
Results – Extreme XL Paredes 1. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 3:26:30.500; 2. Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) 3:30:48.220; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 3:31:52.050; 4. Dani Gibert (Husaberg) 4:07:32.770; 5. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 4:24:50.340; 6. Dan Hemingway (Beta) 4:59:41.380
Jarvis and Gomez Share Podium At Red Bull Sea to Sky
Double podium for the Husaberg Extreme Racing Team at the Red Bull Sea to Sky in Kemer, Turkey.
The Husaberg Extreme Racing Team continued its run of strong results in Hard Enduro with Graham Jarvis and Alfredo Gomez finishing second and third respectively at the 2013 Red Bull Sea to Sky. Entering the event as the defending champion, Graham Jarvis had his sights set on collecting his third consecutive Red Bull Sea to Sky victory while continuing his unbeaten run of form in the 2013 season. But after a bad start in the main event, the Husaberg rider was unable to reel in eventual race winner Jonny Walker to claim the win.
Taking a front row start for the Mountain Race main event following a third place result in the Forest Race qualifying heat, Jarvis was confident of running up front. But a bad start hampered his progress in the opening stages of the race and the defending champion was left playing catch up.
“It’s tough to see my winning streak at the Red Bull Sea to Sky come to an end,” admitted Jarvis. “My start just wasn’t good enough. I was inside the top five but I underestimated the amount of dust that was kicked up. At times I couldn’t see and had to slow down and ride safe. Unfortunately that gave Walker a big advantage on me.”
Working his way into second position, Jarvis set his sights on reeling Walker in. Closing in on his rival during the extremely technical Dark Canyon section, the Husaberg rider momentarily took control of the lead. But with a mistake on the following climb, Walker slipped past him again. Unable to find away around him in the final sprint to the Olympus Mountain summit, Jarvis was forced to concede defeat.
“At the Dark Canyon he started to come back to me,” explained Jarvis. “I managed to get into the lead but then I picked the wrong line on an uphill climb and he passed me back. A couple of times he made some mistakes but the course was very one lined on the mountain stretch and I just couldn’t find a way past.
“Overall I’m still happy with how I rode. It’s hard to win every race all the time and I suppose my winning streak was going to come to an end some time. Jonny rode great today and I really enjoyed the battle for the win –I haven’t had a race like that for quite a while.”
Continuing his excellent run of form in his debut season of Hard Enduro, Alfredo Gomez ended his race on the third step of the podium. Getting his weekend off to a perfect start by placing as runner-up in the Beach Race, the Spaniard ended the Forest Race in fifth to ensure a front row start for the Mountain Race. But like Jarvis, he too suffered from visibility in the dust and had to ride the opening riverbed section cautiously. Once clear of the dust, he enjoyed his ride as he worked his way into third position.
“This was my first time racing the Red Bull Sea to Sky so I’m delighted to have ended it on the podium,” confirmed Gomez. “I learned a lot and I think that will help me in the future. At the start the dust was a bit of an issue so I rode safe to avoid a crash. Once I clear the first riverbed I began to push on and worked my way into third. Towards the end I began to tire – especially my shoulders as we are constantly climbing in this race – so I eased my pace. Finishing third is a great result.”
Despite only treating the event as a holiday race, team manager Xavi Galindo secured an excellent eighth overall. Claiming an impressive third place in the Beach Race, Galindo ended his Forest Race in 13th position and just missed out on a front row start for the Mountain Race.
But determined to give the race his best shot – despite his lack of preparation – Galindo soldiered on to place eighth.
“I’m so happy to finish eighth because I haven’t really rode a bike for five months,” commented Galindo. “Starting from the second row made things a little difficult but I immediately found a good rhythm and began to overtake riders. The course really suited me – it was tough and physical but nothing overly difficult. Finishing eighth was a great result.
“Again we’ve proved that we’re the strongest team in the paddock. Although Jarvis was unable to win this time around both himself and Gomez have finished on the podium without any problems. It’s been another fantastic result by everyone involved.”
The Husaberg Extreme Racing Team’s next race will be the Extreme Lagares in Portugal on October 12/13.
Results - Red Bull Sea to Sky 2013, Mountain Race
1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 2:17:14; 2. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 2:17:24; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 2:26:10; 4. Andreas Lettenbichler (Husqvarna) 2:39:45; 5. Philipp Scholz (KTM) 2:45:30… 8. Xavi Galindo (Husaberg) 3:15:51
Graham Jarvis conquers the Iron Giant
From a second row start the Husaberg Factory Team rider secured a long overdue Erzberg win where he’s joined on the podium by team-mate Alfredo Gomez in third
After many years of disappointment and despair Graham Jarvis finally had reason to celebrate at the end of the 2013 ErzbergRodeo as he delivered one of the best performances of his extreme enduro career. Starting on the second row for the start of the Red Bull Hare Scramble, Jarvis delivered a faultless performance to claim a well-deserved win.
“For once this race has gone perfectly for me,” explained a delighted Jarvis. “I’m so happy to have finally won the Red Bull Hare Scramble – it’s amazing. Oddly, starting from the second row worked in my favour. I saw the riders on the front row have problems with the water so I knew I had to be careful. I stuck to my line and didn’t do anything stupid and cleared the quarry. Only after that did I think about racing.
“I pushed hard and steadily worked my way past as many riders as I could. I knew I was going well as I saw less and less wheel tracks ahead of me. Just before Karl’s Diner I passed Lettenbichler and took over the race lead. I was happy to lead into Karl’s Diner because that’s usually my strongest section. Once out front I was able to ride my own race and opened up a decent lead. I didn’t run into too much trouble at Dynamite and after that I was able to cruise into the finish line to win the race.”
Claiming the chequered flag a massive 18 minutes ahead of second placed Lettenbichler, Jarvis finally topped the only extreme enduro race he hadn't previously won. “It’s a massive relief to have finally won the Red Bull Hare Scramble,” concluded Graham. “It’s the only Hard Enduro race I’d yet to win. Missing out on the victory for the last three years makes this win extremely rewarding. I’m a happy man.”
Husaberg had a double reason to celebrate at the end of the Hare Scramble as Alfredo Gomez secured a third place result. Following Jarvis during several of the earlier sections of the course, Gomez endured a tough time mid way through the race but even with a damaged clutch casing held on for a fine third place result.
“Thankfully I stayed out of trouble at the start and made it safely out of the quarry,” confirmed Alfredo. “When Graham passed me I tucked in behind him and followed him through the forest sections. We passed a lot of riders and reached the top five. I got stuck on the uphill out of Machine and lost touch with Graham. I attempted the hill about four times but couldn’t get out. Ivan Cervantes was also there so we teamed up to pull each other out of it.
“After that I kept riding on and managed to get up to third. Unfortunately I damaged my clutch casing and by the time I got to the hill named Dynamite my clutch was finished. I struggled so much there and panicked a little because Jonny Walker was catching me. It was a relief to get to the top of that hill because I knew I was within reach of the podium. It’s a fantastic feeling arriving at the finish line. I’m so happy to have finished third. It’s been a fantastic result for me.”
For South African youngster Wade Young Erzberg 2013 was all about learning and hopefully finishing. And the Husaberg mounted racer did both. Managing to make it through the deep water shortly after the start, Wade initially pushed too hard but soon realised that in order to finish he needed to slow his pace.
“This was my first time racing at Erzberg so it was all about finishing the race and learning as much as possible,” explained Wade. “My start was average and I got soaked with water during the first flood. Initially I tried to go too fast through it but my bike started to splutter so I rode steady and luckily came out of it. After that I just kept pushing and trying as hard I could. On a couple of occasions I thought I might not finish but I just dug deep and refused to quit. Like I said my main objective was to finish, nothing more. I’m very proud to have finished 11th.”
Another newcomer to Erzbergrodeo, Spaniard Mario Roman also made an impressive first result in the World’s toughest hard endure race. He’s almost made it to the finish but unfortunately ran out of time only a couple of minutes before the twentieth checkpoint. Jake Whitaker, Husaberg rider from New Zealand, who also competed at Erzberg for the first time, made it to the checkpoint 12, while Jane Daniels almost reached the checkpoint 7.
Results – Red Bull Hare Scramble, 2013
1. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 2:01:06; 2. Andreas Lettenbichler (Husqvarna) 2:18:46; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 2:27:26; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 2:28:20; 5. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 2:37:10; 6. Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) 2:56:18; 7. Taichi Tanaka (KTM) 3:05:40; 8. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 3:07:22; 9. Alex van den Broek (KTM) 3:41:59; 10. Pierre Pallut (KTM) 3:43:24; 11. Wade Young (Husaberg) 3:44:42; 12. Lee Sampson (KTM) 3:50:46; 13. Dan Hemingway (Beta) 3:52:51; 14. Philipp Scholz (KTM) 3:53:55
Jarvis wins the King of the Hill
A hot bed for hard enduro, Romania hosted the first major enduro race of the 2013 season this weekend with the King of the Hill Tournament. Besides the undisputed king of hard enduro, Husaberg’s Graham Jarvis, other big names of the extreme enduro scene took part – the young Wade Young, who celebrated his birthday in Romania, Chris Birch and Paul Bolton were only some of the 320 competitors at the start.
The three-day race started with the prologue on Friday that determined the start order for the next day. Graham Jarvis finished 3rd after Birch and Bolton, while Wade Young finished 5th. Saturday was even better for both Husaberg riders. Graham Jarvis was the fastest on the 100 km long track filled with ruthless sections, ahead of Birch on the second place and Young on the 3rd with only some seconds separating the riders. Day 3, the final day of the race selected the winners after a 60-km long route. Graham Jarvis was crowned the King of the Hill while Wade Young placed 2nd after a great performance. Germany’s Markus Kehr took the 3rd podium position ahead of Paul Bolton, who finished 4th.
Graham Jarvis secures 2013 Hell’s Gate win,
Alfredo Gomez places fourth
Graham Jarvis has become the most successful rider ever at the infamous Hell’s Gate Hard Enduro event. Delivering a dominant performance to secure victory at the 10th running of the race, Jarvis notched up a third consecutive win finishing comfortably ahead of Jonny Walker with Cody Webb third.
For the first time in the 10-year history of the event the Italian mountains were covered in deep snow, something that provided riders with additional challenges. With the course eased a little due to the adverse conditions the four lap main race ended with Husaberg the only manufacturer to see two of its riders make it to the top of Hell’s Peak – the arduous final climb of the race.
Placing second in the morning’s qualifying event Jarvis finished just 15 seconds behind winner Jonny Walker, ensuring a front row position for the all-important main event. Doing his best to preserve his energy, Jarvis managed to post the fastest time on the third and final special test. With thick snow covering much of the course the morning race proved to be anything but easy.
Intent on remaining behind Walker during the opening lap of the main event Jarvis found himself leading the race a little sooner than he’d hoped. Forced to carve a line through the snow in numerous sections of the course, Jarvis was nevertheless able to power his way up the many rocky river beds and in doing so instantly started to pull away from his rivals.
“I was happy to follow Jonny from the start of the main race,” explained Graham shortly after his podium celebrations. “I was riding behind him ok and in no hurry to pass him, but he made a mistake and I went to the front of the race. It was hard because I was putting in the line in the snow. The rivers were surprisingly grippy, which is where I think I managed to make my time. In the snow you just had to try and keep things in a straight line, you couldn’t push hard at all.”
Initially a five-lap race the organiser’s decision to reduce it to four laps was met by relief from the competitors. Continuing to push hard Jarvis held a commanding lead at the end of the second lap, stopping briefly to refuel before once again attacking the course. Crashing just once, Jarvis, who earlier this year topped The Tough One, maintained his relentless pace to start the final lap all but assured of the win.
With darkness beginning to fall as Graham arrived at the base of the final climb it took two attempts for the Husaberg TE 300 mounted rider to get close to the half way point of the climb. Pushed, pulled, and dragged upwards by the enthusiastic group of spectators gathered close to the finish, Jarvis finally reached the end of the race 12 minutes ahead of second placed Walker and clearly overjoyed to have claimed yet another Hell’s Gate win.
“It’s an incredible feeling to have won at Hell’s Gate for the third time. I really wasn’t expecting it and because of the conditions I didn’t know how things would work out, or how the other riders would do. Once I got into the lead everything went really well. The morning race was quite hard. The snow meant that some of the easier sections of the track from previous years were really tough, it also meant that I used a bit more energy than I hoped to. Jonny Walker was fast, like I expected him to be, but finishing second and not too far behind was good. “
I had two goes at the final hill and didn’t even get anywhere near half way. I was screaming to the spectators to start pulling me because I’ve lost the race on the last hill before. It seemed to take forever to get to the top but once I got a rope on my bike I knew I was safe. It’s a great achievement to have three wins, but I hope I can add to that. I’ve really enjoyed the race this year and will be back next year.”
Joining Graham as one of only five riders to reach the finish having completed four laps was Alfredo Gomez. Failing to qualify for the main event in 2012, Alfredo delivered a highly impressive performance on his second visit to the event. Despite being the least experienced rider of all the finishers the young Spaniard quickly adapted to the conditions, yet placed a disappointing 13th in the morning’s qualifying race.
Crashing heavily Gomez ended the qualifying race more than a little de-tuned, and knowing that he would have his work cut out during the main event. Struggling to pass riders on the largely one-lined track following a good start Alfredo kept pushing as hard as he could in the main event, steadily working his way up the leader board.
Crashing once more, and in doing so bending his front brake disk, Gomez continued to charge. Passing Ben Hemingway during the closing stages of the race Alfredo then set about catching Cody Webb. Reducing the deficit to the US rider by more than three minutes on the final lap Alfredo simply ran out of time to challenge for a possible podium result, arriving at the finish at the top of Hell’s Peak a little over four minutes adrift of third.
“I didn’t have a good morning race, but I am really pleased that I was able to finish fourth in the main event,” commented Gomez at the finish. “I crashed heavily on the second test and didn’t have a good feeling after that. I finished 13th, which meant I didn’t have a good position for the start of the main race. “
“It was so hard to overtake the riders that were ahead of me in the main race. There was one line around the track and on both sides there was snow. I had a stupid crash as I was passing Andreas Lettenbichler and bent my front brake – some times it worked, some times it didn’t. But I kept pushing as hard as I could. “
“When I passed Ben Hemmingway I was 11-and-a-half minutes behind Cody Webb but at the finish I had reduced that by more than three minutes. I was very pleased about that. I am happy with my result, apart from the morning race. Last year I didn’t qualify for the main race so this year, despite not racing in snow before, I am very happy.”
The Husaberg Extreme Team’s third member Xavi Galindo endured a tough main event, completing two laps. Placing 13th overall in the morning’s qualifying race having placed 22nd, 16th and 13th on each of the three timed special tests, Xavi battled his way around the opening lap of the main event but simply ran out of strength. “I was destroyed at the end of the first lap of the final race,” acknowledged Xavi. “I knew that this race would be difficult for me, but as a team it’s been great. With Graham winning and Alfredo coming very close to the podium it’s been fantastic.”
Results – Hell’s Gate 2013
1. Graham Jarvis (Husaberg) 4 laps; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 4 laps + 12.17; 3. Cody Webb (Beta) 4 laps + 17.32; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 4 laps + 21.52; 5. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 4 laps + 29.28…
Interview with Graham Jarvis
It might only be the mid February but for Husaberg Extreme Team rider Graham Jarvis 2013 has started with a bang. From topping The Tough One to jetting to the States for the King Of The Motos event in California, and with training in between, Jarvis’ feet have barely touched the ground. This weekend sees him head to Italy where he hopes to become Hell’s Gate’s most successful competitor ever. Here Graham gives his thoughts on the season so far…
This weekend sees you head to Hell’s Gate, for the 10th running of the event. How are you feeling ahead of what’s sure to be a tough race?
Graham: “I’m feeling good. My bike fitness is really good and the most important thing is I know what to expect there. It’s going to be a big event as it’s the 10th anniversary, and if I can win I’ll have more wins – three – than any other rider. That would be great but it’s always a tough race so you can never expect too much.”
You’re the most experienced competitor in the event. What have you learned over the years?
Graham: That anything can happen, and that it’s a tough old race. I had some mixed results for a few years, but things have gone well lately. Apart from winning the thing that sticks in my mind the most was the year I was leading when my lights went out with 10 minutes to go. Dougie Lampkin passed me on the last hill – Hell’s Peak. Oh, and instead of winning a brand new bike I got a man bag! That taught me that it’s not over until you get to the top of the very last hill.”
Hell’s Gate is a two-part race. Do you have any plan heading into this year’s event?
Graham: “I have my routine to prepare for events, which is important. But I guess like all races just being prepared is the most important thing. Knowing how much pain you’re going to experience helps you get your head ready. Obviously you need to qualify, but you also need to save energy for the main race. A front row start is important, but the main thing is not getting into a situation where you have to push your bike. It uses so much energy. There’s going to be some very strong competition this year so I’ll just have to ride as hard and smart as I can.”
You’ve raced two very different events so far this year – The Tough One and King Of The Motos. Did either of those prepare you for Hell’s Gate?
Graham: “Being in competition is always a good thing, it keeps you sharp and in tune with your bike. Neither event is really like Hell’s Gate but I’d say that the conditions in Italy can, in places, be a little like at The Tough One.”
Winning The Tough One must have given your confidence a real early season boost?
Graham: “Definitely, it certainly wasn’t a race I was expecting to win. I struggled with arm pump during the first hour but then found a really good rhythm and enjoyed the rest of the race. Being the first big race of the season there’s always a little added pressure, so to win it, especially in front of my home crowd, was great. It was the first race for the Husaberg Extreme Team, so that made the result even better.”
Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as well for you at the King Of The Motos event, but you still claimed a solid runner-up result there. How was the event?
Graham: “The Tough One and the King Of The Motos couldn’t be any different. One’s run in a small quarry in England and the other takes place in the desert in California. Last year I didn’t know what to expect at the Kings Of The Moto and was a bit taken back by the speed of some of the faster section of the course. Some are 10 or 15 minutes long and flat out along rough and whooped out sandy tracks. The rocky sections of the course were where I felt most comfortable, and to win the first running of the event was great. This year I felt like I could have won. I was leading when I had a problem with my mousse. It was disappointing not to win but second is still a great result. I felt that I rode better in many places this year. Disappointment is something you learn to accept and deal with as a racer. It wasn’t my first and won’t be my last.”
Finally, it is being reported that there’s snow falling at Hell’s Gate, is that likely to make things even harder than normal?
Graham: “It’s hard to say really. It’s the ice that’s the biggest problem there. Maybe if there’s snow the ice won’t be a problem. One of the biggest challenges is riding in the dark, and not damaging your lights so that they work well when you need them. When it’s getting dark and you’re tired it’s easy to make mistakes. One of the most important things at Hell’s Gate is not making mistakes. That’s more important that riding fast…”
Jarvis delivers winning result for Husaberg at The Tough One 2013
Husaberg’s Graham Jarvis shines at extreme enduro season opener, securing third consecutive Tough One victory
Getting his 2013 extreme enduro season off to a winning start, Husaberg Extreme Racing Team’s Graham Jarvis dominated The Tough One at Nantmawr Quarry in Shropshire, England. Adding to the team’s success Spaniard Alfredo Gomez produced a strong ride to claim fifth, while Xavi Galindo finished inside the top ten with ninth place overall.
“I’m really pleased to have won,” told Jarvis following the podium celebrations. “There were a lot of world class riders entered and with this being the first race of the season it’s always difficult to know just how the race will go.”
Entering the event as a two-time Tough One winner, Jarvis executed an almost perfect race from start to finish to secure the win. With riders facing a Le Mans style uphill run to reach their bikes, Jarvis proved to be every bit as athletic as his younger challengers and reached his Husaberg TE 300 in third position. Wasting little time in moving forwards the British rider then charged his way into the lead on the first of the challenging hill climbs, ending the opening lap of the three-hour race in first position.
“I managed to get a good run up the hill from the start and reached my bike in third place. At the first tricky climb I worked my way into the lead and took control of the race. From then on I just tried to control my pace and maintain an advantage over my rivals.”
With Jarvis’ only difficulties coming during the opening couple of laps when he struggled slightly with arm pump, the Husaberg rider was able to increase his pace in the latter stages of the race. Feeling much more confident in his riding, while finding some better lines in the toughest sections of the course, Jarvis set a pace that nobody could match. Extending his lead to almost eight minutes, he comfortably secured his first win of the 2013 season.
“At about the two-hour mark I felt strong and was able to push on. I found some better lines and fought hard to extend my race lead. Starting the final lap my lead was almost eight minutes so I took it steady to ensure the win. Getting my third consecutive win at The Tough One has been a great way to start 2013, it gives me a lot of confidence for the year ahead.”
Husaberg is pleased to announce to have signed the agreement with the Extreme Enduro rider Graham Jarvis as a factory rider for Extreme Enduro races. Graham has established himself as one of the top riders in Extreme Enduro in the past seasons and won most of the toughest races this year, where only a couple of riders managed to reach the finish line.
The experienced British will compete for Husaberg in 2013 races such as The Tough One, Hells Gate, Erzberg, Red Bull Romaniacs, Extreme Lagares, Red Bull Sea to Sky and The Roof of Africa. He may also participate in other events worldwide if it is possible to include them into his racing schedule.
Born in UK Graham won his first Trial at the age of 10 and worked his way up to World Championship level where he was a regular contender for tip results from the season 1996 on. He claimed his first World Championship round win in 2001 and has won the Scott Trial for 9 times so far.
As the sport of Extreme Enduro became more popular he decided to give it a go and found the support of a team in Italy. He was riding for “Flite Extreme Husaberg Racing Team since 2009. He proved the durability and performance of the Husaberg TE 300 while becoming invincible in the enduro world. With his unconditional will to win, passion and dedication he has simply dominated extreme enduro in recent years by winning all-bar the Erzbergrodeo on his Husaberg.
Flite Team has now decided to withdraw from the enduro scene at the end of 2012 and to focus its interests on a new project. After three successful years they and Graham have decided to go separate ways. His contract expires at the end of 2012, and then Graham will continue his career aboard the TE 300 in a very well deserved factory-supported role – as the Husaberg extreme enduro factory rider.
Graham about the upcoming season under the patronage of Husaberg: “I’m delighted I am to be a factory Husaberg rider and look forward to working with my new team. I love the 2013 Husaberg and am really excited about the new season and working to defend my titles and hopefully gain a new one – Erzbergrodeo.”
Some of Graham’s major achievements so far:
- 2nd place Tough One’s Little Brother
clinches a second consecutive victory at record breaking Red Bull Sea to Sky
Flite-Husaberg's Graham Jarvis from the UK once again dominated the main event at the most enjoyable extreme enduro race, Red Bull Sea to Sky in Kemer, Turkey. The British domination on the podium was completed by runner-up Jonny Walker, who crossed the finish line on his KTM 5 minutes behind Jarvis and Paul Bolton (KTM) coming in third with a 14 minutes gap on Jarvis.
Olympos Mountain Race kicking off at the beach of Kemer
The international top stars of the growing Extreme Enduro scene kicked in with an insane speed right from the beginning: Graham Jarvis was trying to pull away on his Husaberg when it got more and more technical after the river bed but his young rival Jonny Walker was able to keep up the massive speed of Jarvis, closely followed by Andreas "Letti" Lettenbichler (GER, Husqvarna), Paul Bolton and Xavi Galindo (ESP, Husaberg).
Letti was in third place until about one kilometer before the finish when the chain snapped so he had to repair it. Paul Bolton took advantage of this and passed his friend to secure a great third place.
What the top guns had to say about "the most enjoyable extreme
Jonny Walker, despite being at young age of 21, showed great sportsmanship when talking about the race and his rival Jarvis: "The track was awesome, they really did a great job with the track this year. I pushed early on to get closer to Graham. I was close behind him for most of the time, that was the plan and I think this worried him a bit. Getting closer to the finish I made too many mistakes and Graham was constant, he was always moving. Clearly, he did a good race. But I'm happy with the result."
Red Bull Sea to Sky: Extreme Enduro at its best!
Sea to Sky is all about enjoying a truly challenging ride in beautiful terrain at the Turkish Riviera. Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals have been given away as rewarding souvenirs for those riders who made it to the defined checkpoints:
40 out of 130 starters were brave and ambitious enough to walk away with a Bronze Medal by reaching the forest after the long riverbed.
26 riders demonstrated exceptional skills, made it passed the tree line and received a well deserved Silver Medal.
25 heroes of Extreme Enduro made it to the peak of the Olympos Mountain at an altitude of 2,365m within the limit of 6 hours to take away a Gold Medal.
Stefan Zwerenz (GER, KTM), one of the 25 Gold finishers, spoke for the vast majority of the competitors after the race on top of the Olympos Mountain when he said: "I don't think a race can get any better than Red Bull Sea to Sky. You don't have to rely on someone else to help you, all sections are ridable. It all depends on yourself, if you bring the skills and the endurance you will make it to the finish. That's the way it should be."
Top 10 Results - Olympos Mountain Race
Despite being the first rider to reach the finish Graham Jarvis fails in his quest to secure Erzberg Rodeo Hare Scramble victory…
Husaberg's Graham Jarvis has disappointingly failed in his quest to claim victory at the Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble. One of the pre-event favourites for the top spot, Graham was disqualified from the event having followed an incorrect section of course along with German Andreas Lettenbichler, who was also disqualified. Crossing the finish line nearly five minutes clear of closest rivals, Jarvis' hopes of finally claiming his first victory at the Iron Giant were quickly dashed as he was informed of the situation at the end of the gruelling race. Missing a section of the course, but no check points, during the early stages of the race left race organisers with no option but to exclude him.
After a fast start, Jarvis immediately ran into troubles on the first climb that saw riders exit the quarry floor. Crashing into a fallen rider Graham became involved in a multi-rider pile up no more than 200 meters from the start, while the leaders opened up an immediate lead over the Brit. Injuring his wrist in the crash, Jarvis quickly set about catching up to the early pace setters. Steadily working his way through traffic, the Husaberg rider was among the top five when the costly error occurred.
“Someone fell off in front of me at the start and I crashed into them before someone crashed into me, so I was lucky to escape unscathed from that,” recalled Graham at the end of the grueling race. “I don't know exactly but I think it was up the to p of the prologue section of the course that I missed out on a bit of the track. It was only about two corners so it wasn't exactly a lot. Unfortunately, it's happened and there's nothing I can do to fix it now.”
With low cloud covering many sections of the upper half of the mountain, Jarvis simply failed to see the track markings and unknowingly veered off course. Focused on reaching the leaders, he worked his way into second position at checkpoint 13 – Karl's Diner. Finding a fast line though the treacherous section of the course, he was able to significantly reduce race leader Jonny Walker’s advantage. Then catching Walker during a forestry climb during the following checkpoint, Jarvis took the lead. Pushing hard to build an advantage he arrived at the finish in front. However, he was then informed of his error and denied his chance of victory.
“I didn't know that I had been excluded until the end so I kept racing the whole way,” confirmed a disappointed Graham. “Coming into Karl's Diner I was up to second and I managed to close the gap considerably on Jonny Walker. Not long after that I was in the lead and I just rode hard to the finish. After working so hard to recover from my crash I was gutted to have lost the race but looking at the positives I’m really pleased with how I rode,” continued Graham. “I know my riding is good and I'll head to the Red Bull Romanics determined to make amends for this mistake.”
The event also proved to be a difficult one for Husaberg's Xavi Gallindo and Alfredo Gomez. Confident of improving on his top five result from 2011, Gallindo was one of the early casualties of the race. Crashing hard during checkpoint 11, the Spaniard was forced to retire. Injuring himself in the crash he immediately sought medical attention but results indicated no serious injuries.
Making his debut ride at the Erzberg Rodeo Husaberg's Gomez failed to reach the finish, suffering technical issues at checkpoint 14.
Jarvis Scrambles to Victory
British Husaberg rider Graham Jarvis continued to dominate the 2012 Extreme Enduro calendar by taking victory at Red Bull City Scramble – an Endurocross race staged in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand.
Course designer and Kiwi extreme enduro star Chris Birch had brought tonnes of rocks, dirt, logs, concrete and tyres to transform the idyllic setting of T Pier in Westhaven, Auckland, into an Endurocross track of epic proportions. More than 10,000 spectators watched 80 riders battle it out for the City Scramble title.
In the end, Husaberg her Graham Jarvis reigned supreme &nd ash; just as he had done at The Tough One and Hell's Gate.
“Paul Bolton just kept pushing and pushing on those last few laps and I was holding on for that chequered flag" said Jarvis. "It was a tough race and hard not to make mistakes, but the course is great. You just have to give it everything as soon as you're out of that gate."
Final Results: 1st Graham Jarvis (UK) 2nd Paul Bolton (UK) 3rd Chris Birch (NZ) 4th Andreas Lettenbichler (GER) 5th Jake Whitaker (NZ) 6th Mitchell Nield (NZ) 7th Chirs Power (NZ) 8th Warren Laugesen (NZ) 9th Scott Bouverie (SA) 10th Karl Power (NZ)
Graham Jarvis's World domination of extreme events continued this weekend down under as he claims victory in the Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro in Austrailia. Jarvis cruised to victory on board the Husaberg TE300 a lap ahead of his nearest rival,
The 36 year old former 5 times British trials champion from Ripon in North Yorkshire , rode his Husaberg TE 300 to the absolute limit, beating some of Australia's best riders in the process including the World Enduro Champion Stefan Merrimen, three-time Australian Off-Road Champion and four-time International Six Day Enduro gold medallist Glenn Kearney, 2010 AORC champ Toby Price, and 2010 Wildwood Rock defending champion Mitch Harper. graham margin of victory was a full lap of the 10 kilometer course.
Graham said at the end "I didn't know what to expect today the rain made it more difficult. I did have a problem with those deep waters, where the bike just sucked in water. It was through the breathers, where I would have had to wait 30 seconds for it to dry out, "It's a hard event, but what a great event," "I really hope to come back next year and have another crack at it,"
Graham is briefly home for a few hours on tuesday before jetting off to compete in the Roof of Africa.