Results and race report from Hixpania Hard Enduro 2019 where Graham Jarvis moves to the top of the World Enduro Super Series standings with overall victory in Spain.
Hixpania Hard Enduro, round four of the World Enduro Super Series, has seen Graham Jarvis take back-to-back victories in the championship with two second place finishes in the main races at Hixpania enough to secure the Husqvarna rider the overall win.
Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario Roman narrowly beat Jarvis for victory in Sunday’s Mitas Lost Roads Hard Enduro race, securing him an overall third place while day two winner, Alfredo Gomez took fifth in Sunday’s race, slipping to second overall.
“Crazy” win for Jarvis
“What an event and it’s crazy to think I’m leading the WESS now.” Said Jarvis at the finish. “I’m not going to get too excited just yet, my plan is to take each race as it comes. Romaniacs is going to be the game changer – hopefully I can at least finish it this year. It was a tough race today. I was still tired from yesterday – it was fast but there were still some technical bits. I think everyone was really feeling it and I know I was on the limit today.”
Results Hixpania Hard Enduro day 3 - Mitas Lost Roads:
- Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 11 laps, 2:48:45.335
- Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 2:50:12.484
- Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 2:51:50.081
- Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 2:54:49.879
- Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 2:57:57.720
- Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 3:05:37.421
- Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 3:11:17.212
- Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 8 laps, 2:57:38.224
- Xavi Leon (Husqvarna - ESP) 2:59:02.441
- Travis Teasdale (KTM - RSA) 7 laps, 2:43:34.967
2019 Hixpania Hard Enduro overall:
- Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - ESP) 44pts
- Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 44 pts
- Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 43pts
- Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 40pts
- Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 36pts
- Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 30pts
- Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 29pts
- Pol Tarres (Husqvarna - ESP) 25pts
- Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 21pts
- Xavier Leon (Husqvarna - ESP) 19pts
How Hixpania 2019 day three unfolded
The third and final day of racing at Hixpania saw the 70 qualified riders from Saturday’s Campoo de X-Treme race tackle the a shorter but no less tough course for the Lost Roads Hard Enduro.
A Le Mans-style start saw riders race on foot to their bikes located in a cave and Mario Roman was first out the blocks with Taddy Blazusiak hot on his heels. The duo swapped and changed the race lead during the opening two laps as everyone settled into the race.
Jarvis worked his way towards the front of the field, knowing a top-two result was need if Gomez was going to be beaten overall. With one hour to go both Jarvis and Roman had broken clear of Manuel Lettenbichler (riding with an injured foot) in third.
Roman continues 2019 run of form
Roman managed to edge clear slightly as they entered the finishing arena in front of a huge crowd. A mistake on a downhill allowed Jarvis to regain the lead but Roman was eager in front of his home crowd and fought back in front to power up the final climb for the day’s race win.
“It feels amazing to take the win in the final race.” Said Roman. “I had such a tough time yesterday on the Cross-Country, crashing six times and bending my handlebars. Despite that I still pushed hard and managed to finish fourth.
“Today, I wasn’t thinking too much about points, I just wanted to take the win. Graham was really strong and all the others were right up there at the beginning. Halfway through I was thinking it’s not possible to keep going for another hour-and-a-half, but I kept going and we did it. I don’t know how many fans came out to watch the race and cheer on the riders, but to hear them all shouting my name made it possible to keep going and finish the race, so thank you very much to them.”
Gomez takes another Hixpania podium
Having won the previous two days racing at Hixpania, Gomez admitted to struggling with energy on the final day: “I tried to push as hard as I could today, but just ran out of strength in the last half of the race – no power at all.
“It was great fun racing out there with all the home fans cheering. I’m sorry I couldn’t bring home the win for them but overall, I am happy with how the race has gone and I gave it my all. Congratulations to Graham, he did it again.”
Putting in a strong ride on Sunday for fourth, Billy Bolt ended his weekend fourth overall his best WESS results of 2019. Charging his way to third in Sunday’s Lost Roads, Lettenbichler completed the overall top five to sit second in the WESS points table.
WESS Championships (after round 4 of 8):
- Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 2690pts
- Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 2570pts
- Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 2540
- Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 2314
- Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 2155
- Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 2125pts
- Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 2090pts
- Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 1900pts
- Nathan Watson (KTM - GB) 1631pts
- Travis Teasdale (KTM - RSA) 1610pts
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