KTM’s Jonny Walker outdueled Graham Jarvis to win this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs. Photography by Future7Media/KTM Images
For the first time in his young career, Great Britain’s Jonny Walker claimed victory at what is considered to be the world’s toughest hard enduro rally, the Red Bull Romanics, held in Sibiu, Romania, July 17-20.
Walker got the four-day race started with the day-one victory, and he followed that up with another win on day three. A second-place finish to Jarvis on day four was enough for him to claim the overall victory. He finished out the race with a total time of 20:53:23, beating Jarvis’ total time of 21:06:49.
“This result has been three years in the making,” Walker said. “It’s been a tough race to figure out but finally I’ve managed to win it. Graham is the most successful rider at Romaniacs so to race so closely with him all week and beat him is an incredible feeling. It’s been a tight battle all week – there was no room for error. I’m delighted to won.”
Third overall went to KTM rider Wade Young, followed by another pair of KTM pilots, Paul Bolton and Andreas Lettenbichler.
Canadian Cory Graffunder finished eighth overall.
2014 Red Bull Romaniacs
July 17-20, 2014
1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 20:53:23; 2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 21:06:49; 3. Wade Young (KTM) 21:47:21; 4. Paul Bolton (KTM) 22:01:33; 5. Andreas Lettenbichler (KTM) 22:47:00.