BILLY BOLT WINS THE FIRST EVER ABESTONE HARDENDURO
FIM WORLD HARD ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 3
The action at the FIM’s World Hard Enduro Championship 2021 season resumed with the debut edition of Abestone Hardenduro. Normally planned to be the third round, the race became first to collect championship points after chaotic last minute Lagares failure and cancellation of Red Bull Erzbergrodeo. In the end championship organizers put great effort and took everyone back to good old racing.
Race weekend started with free practice and time practice sessions on Friday and Billy Bolt was the man to set the best time. He looked sharp and thirsty for a taste of victory. Defending WESS champion Manuel Lettenbichler was P2 and hard enduro legend Graham Jarvis P3.
Day 2 featured 3 special tests and again it was Billy on top, Mani with P2. P3 was filled by another legend, Taddy Blazusiak, this time. The fastest 50 riders qualified for the Super Final and rest to attend Mitas Final.
Day 3’s main event, Super Final, started on 14:00 and all 50 riders to take a 15KM lap twice at the breath taking Abetone Ski Resort. It was expected to be completed within 3 hours window for the fastest but it turned out to be faster than that. With a variety of different technical sectors in it the Super Final held great many challenges to the riders.
Billy Bolt had a lightning speed into the day and took the early lead. With constant pressure from Mani the two stretched their lead against the rest and created their individual battle. The lead went back and forth between the two throughout the course.
In the end of the day it was Rockstar Husqvarna’s Billy Bolt who reached the chequered flag first and made history for Abestone Hardenduro. KTM Factory rider Manuel Lettenbichler came in P2 by just falling 41 seconds behind. The last step of the debut podium for Abestone was claimed by Graham Jarvis of Rockstar Husqvarna.
The action at the FIM World Hard Enduro Championship 2021 season will move to Romania on the 27th of July for Red Bull Romaniacs.
Liqui Moly Abestone Day 2. Overall Final Result
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 1:44.36
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) +41”686
3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) +13’37.827
4. Jonny Walker (Beta) +14’35.019
5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) +15’03.058
6. Tadeusz Blazusiag (GasGas), +17’52.934 (KTM) 8:44.03
7. Mario Roman (Sherco), +27’48.692
8. Wade Young (Sherco), +29’42.319
9. Michael Walkner (GasGas) +30’15.407
10. Sonny Goggia (GASGAS) + 1 lap…