Anyone looking for an extreme challenge at this year’s Kenda RevLimiter Hard Enduro, in Decatur, Texas, March 2-3, got the deluxe package as rain and cold temperatures (32 degrees on Sunday) for most of the weekend made an already rugged and technical course even tougher. But hey, it’s extreme racing, right? That’s the appeal, to test one’s skills against the worst nature has to offer, and the RevLimiter Hard Enduro 2019 delivered. The RevLimiter race is the opening round of the 2019 AMA Extreme Off-Road Championship.
Cody Webbs tops Kenda RevLimiter Hard Enduro
In spite of the inclement weather, which eased on Sunday afternoon, Cody Webb once again proved that he’s on a different level than anyone in America and most of the world. The FMF KTM rider easily won all three “motos” on Sunday which determined the RevLimiter winner, while Sherco teammates Wade Young of South Africa and Mario Roman of Spain battled for second and third. In the end, Young prevailed.
Demonstrating his dominance, Webb beat Roman by 17 minutes in moto one. In the second moto he beat Young by almost exactly five minutes. And in the final moto, which was a head-to-head race, he beat Young by four minutes and lapped up to 10th place a field of the top 25 rounds out of an initial 150 riders.
“The conditions were less than ideal, but I won everything I entered and I guess that’s the way you want to do it,” said Webb. “I struggled a little bit on Saturday just because we saved the good tires for Sunday. Today I felt good in the conditions. The final race was tricky with all the lappers, but I hit all the big hits perfectly. There was one creek scattered with people and I came through and went all the way to the top without putting my foot down once. It was a great weekend and the bike was unreal.”
Young didn’t get off to the best of starts when his chain derailed and broke his shift shaft, but ultimately went 3-2-2 for second overall.
“I was stuck in first gear during that first race but we made the best of it,” said Young. “We regrouped and battled early on with Cody in the second race but he got away in the end. In the last race Cody was just a step above us, but Mario and I had a good battle. I managed to get away from him on the second to last lap.”
Third was Roman, who went 2-3-3. Roman admitted he wasn’t used to the head-to-head racing and felt that was where Cody had an advantage since he races EnduroCross.
“For me, the most difficult part was riding in the cold,” said Roman. “I was riding in Peru last weekend and it was 40 degrees C (104 f). It was difficult to ride with no feelings in my fingers. But I had a good battle with my teammate. Cody was having a really good day.”
Kyle Redmond finished fourth overall, going 4-5-4 in the three motos. Redmond has been off the bike since November and was making his first ride on a Sherco at the RevLimiter.
EnduroCross regualr Trysten Hart rounded out the top five on a KTM with a 7-4-5 performance.
Trials Pro-turned extreme racer Quinn Wentzel led the second half of the top 10, with Beta USA’s Max Gerston right behind in seventh. Beta-mounted David Garza and Sherco riders Grayson Gonsalves and Match Carvolth rounded out the top 10.
2019 AMA Extreme Off-Road Championship
Kenda RevLimiter Hard Enduro
RESULTS: March 2-3, 2019
- Cody Webb (KTM)
- Wade Young (Shr)
- Mario Roman (Shr)
- Kyle Redmond (Shr)
- Trysten Hart (KTM)
- Quinn Wentzel (Hus)
- Max Gerston (Beta)
- David Garza (Beta)
- Grayson Gonsalves (Shr)
- Mitch Carvolth (Shr)