Red Bull KTM factory rider Jonny Walker overcame the fatigue from the after effects of a virulent stomach bug to finish second in the notorious Hells Gate Extreme Enduro on Saturday in Italy. Despite being ill, Walker led the time sheet in the morning stages but had to concede victory to Husaberg rider Graham Jarvis in the evening.
Walker finished 12 minutes behind Jarvis in the challenging conditions at II Ciocco venue where heavy snow in Northern Italy had forced organizers to modify the track before the race. US rider Cody Webb finished third.
Walker looked strong and led the time sheets in the morning session and led Jarvis by five minutes after the three stages but his health issues caught up with him in the evening. Obvious fatigue from his illness kicked in in the evening when he was faced with the dreaded near vertical Hell’s Peak Climb. It was here that his nemesis, the very experienced Jarvis turned up the heat and pulled away to a comfortable win.
Walker, who needed medical assistance on the podium at the conclusion of the race now heads back to the UK to prepare for next week’s final round of the British Extreme Enduro championship.
1, Graham Jarvis, UK, Husaberg
2, Jonny Walker, UK, KTM at 12mins 17secs
3, Cody Webb UK, Beta, at 17mins 32secs
4, Alfredo Gomez, Spain, Husaberg 21mins 52secs
5, Ben Hemingway, UK, Beta 29mins 28secs
J.Edmunds photos. Enduro 21.