Red Bull KTM’s Jonny Walker delivered a great ride at The Tough One Hard Enduro at Britain’s Nantmawr Quarry this weekend to finish the 13 laps of the demanding and uncharacteristically dry track and cross the line in front and two minutes ahead of rival Graham Jarvis.
Walker was fast on his feet as well as on his KTM factory machine to be first on this bike in the Le Mans style start and immediately started to work on putting distance between himself and the legendary Jarvis. He did make a small mistake towards the end of the opening lap but managed to hold onto the lead and worked hard at maintaining it throughout the race. Then in the final stages he had enough in the bag to hold off a late charge by Jarvis and take the win.
“It was a good race for me,” Walker said at the finish. “I got the lead from the start of the race and then tried to avoid any mistakes. I knew Graham (Jarvis) would be pushing a lot, especially after the middle of the race. Even though I made two small mistakes, I managed to keep a steady lead of two minutes till the finish. All my team did a great job today and I’m really happy to finally win The Tough One.”
Walker took the win, with Jarvis in second and Alfredo Gomez completed the podium. KTM factory rider Andreas Lettenbichler finished fourth and KTM rider Mario Roman completed the top five. Austria’s Lars Enoeckl brought his KTM home in sixth place to give KTM four of the top six places.
The Tough One Hard Enduro
Nantmawr Quarry, UK
1, Jonny Walker (KTM) 13 laps 2:31.12 (start to finish leader)
2, Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 13 laps 2:33.28
3, Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 2:43.00
4, Andreas Lettenbichler (KTM) 12 laps 2:31.44
5, Mario Roman (KTM) 12 laps 2:31.44
6, Lars Enockl (KTM) 12 laps 2:40.26
7, Jonathan Richardson (KTM) 12 laps 2:41.17
8, Ben Hemingway (Beta) 12 laps 2:47.08
9. Miha Spindler (Beta) 11 laps 2:33.35
10. Dan Hemingway (Beta) 11 laps 2:37:53
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