David Knight came from behind to win the 2014 Tough One Enduro. PHOTOGRAPHY RED BULL IMAGES/JONTY EDMUNDS
David Knight took a tough win at this year’s Tough One Hard Enduro in England, turning in an inspired, come-from-behind performance to give Sherco their first-ever Hard Enduro victory.
With the event moving to the legendary Hawkstone Park motocross circuit as it celebrated its 10th anniversary, many riders were unsure of what to expect. However, The Tough One lived up to its name; featuring a fast-paced, sandy motocross circuit and challenging woodland hill climbs it tested all competitors during the three-hour duration of the event.
Jonny Walker had the early edge. Leading the race after the Le Mans style start, the KTM rider tried to break away from the chasing field of riders. But with Knight in close pursuit, Walker was unable to gain an advantage. At the end of lap two, Knight ran into trouble and handed the race lead back to Walker. Pushing on, Walker opened up a significant gap but as the rough and unforgiving conditions began to take their toll, his lead diminished as Knight caught back up. Losing out in the final hour of the race, Walker was reluctantly forced to settle for the runner-up result while Knight took the victory.
Husqvarna’s Alfredo Gomez rounded out the podium, while Graham Jarvis, who has won the event the last four years, was fourth, also on a Husqvarna.
1. David Knight (Sherco) 18 laps, 3:00:24; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 3:02:19; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 3:09:24; 4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:11:46; 5. Paul Bolton (KTM) 17 laps, 3:01:16.