Erzberg Rodeo 2017

Press Release | June 19, 2017

Alfredo Gomez Conquers All to Win 2017 Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble.

KTM Enduro Factory Racing's Alfredo Gomez Wins Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

This is a press release from KTM…

Eisenerz, Austria (June 18, 2017) – KTM Enduro Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez has won the 2017 Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in commanding style. Moving into the lead of the world’s toughest one-day Hard Enduro event shortly after the one-hour mark, the Spaniard faultlessly made his way through the most challenging sections of the race to deliver KTM a winning result on home soil. American Cody Webb rounded out the podium in third, Jonny Walker placed fifth with a total of six KTM-mounted riders finishing inside the top 10.

Carrying impressive form into the 23rd running of the Erzberg Rodeo, Alfredo Gomez secured the biggest win of his career by reaching the finish of the Red Bull Hare Scramble ahead of Graham Jarvis and Cody Webb. Completing the grueling 25-checkpoint course aboard his KTM 300 EXC in a time of two hours and 17 minutes, Gomez steadily worked his way forward before being the first rider to tackle the hardest sections of the course on his way to a deserved victory.

KTM Enduro Factory Racing's Alfredo Gomez Wins Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

“It’s an amazing feeling to have won the Hare Scramble,” enthused Gomez at the finish. “I knew it would be difficult, like Erzberg always is, so I worked really hard to be ready for this race. That hard work with my team has really paid off. The race went really well for me, apart from a small crash about 300 meters from the start. That lost me some time, but I managed to catch up quite quickly and I knew I could do it. I felt good, got through most of the difficult sections well. It was such a great feeling to get to the top of the last major climb. This is the biggest win of my career, it feels incredible.”

Cody Webb - Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble
Cody Webb – Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

Determined to go all out and improve on his 2016 Red Bull Hare Scramble result of second, Cody Webb’s speed at the start of the race consequentially saw the American struggle with arm pump mid-way through the Hare Scramble. Forced to ride on with severe arm pump during the Karl’s Dinner section, Cody nevertheless kept pushing hard to earn a place on the podium in third and less than two minutes behind runner-up Graham Jarvis.

“Second last year, third this year, I’m pleased with that,” commented Webb. “Alfredo and Graham were really strong, congrats to them. I got a great start but I possibly pushed a little too hard. I felt good racing with Jonny and Wade Young but I suffered with my arms, especially when I got to Karl’s Dinner – they locked solid. I kept pushing and thankfully they freed off. Back-to-back podiums here at Erzberg is awesome.”

Jonny Walker - Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble
Jonny Walker – Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

While it was Gomez who topped the event and Webb who rounded out the podium it was former three-time winner Jonny Walker who led during much of the first hour of racing. Muscling his way around the first turn and into an early lead, Walker set the pace during the early, high-paced series of checkpoints. The first rider to start the infamous Karl’s Dinner section, Jonny eventually placed fifth 10 minutes behind Gomez.

“I got a great start and was going really well early on,” explained Walker. “I opted for a specific tire choice, but unfortunately it didn’t work out as I hoped it would. I really suffered with it to be honest, especially during the later sections of the race. I felt like I was riding well and that I had the speed to win, and felt good leading for much of the first hour. But I was having to carry my bike over too much stuff because of my tire choice, rather than being able to ride up and over it. I started to find things difficult when we got to the woods, I just didn’t have the traction I hoped for. I rode as hard as I could through Karl’s Dinner but I again struggled on some of the climbs towards the end. It’s disappointing because I know I’m riding well and my bike was awesome, but this result doesn’t show it.”

KTM Enduro Factory Racing - Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble

Just five minutes behind Walker, Paul Bolton claimed a well-deserved sixth place result having reached the finish just 15 minutes behind winner Gomez. Erzberg’s youngest ever hare Scramble finisher Manni Lettenbichler finished eighth with Travis Teasdale completing the top 10 to ensure yet another memorable and successful Red Bull Hare Scramble for KTM.

Results – ErzbergRodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble 2017

  1. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 2:17:06
  2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) +00:03:22
  3. Cody Webb (KTM) +00:05:04
  4. Wade Young (Sherco) +00:09:31
  5. Jonny Walker (KTM) +00:10:41
  6. Paul Bolton (KTM) +00:15:53
  7. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) +00:18:24
  8. Manni Lettenbichler (KTM) +00:24:47
  9. Mario Roman (Sherco) +00:30:20
  10. Travis Teasdale (KTM) +00:34:06

 

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