Excitement builds at round five of the World Enduro Super Series as Red Bull Romaniacs approaches race day in Sibiu, Romania.
Long regarded as the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye, round five of WESS marks the 16th edition of Red Bull Romaniacs. Now a staple on every Enduro enthusiast’s calendar, the Romanian classic sees competitors from all across the world gather in Romania for five unforgettable days of racing.
On the eve of race day, riders from the 50 competing nations enjoyed a City Ride parade through the narrow, cobbled streets, supported by hordes of spectators who enthusiastically cheered them on.
Offering a teaser to Tuesday’s action, the Gold class riders assembled on the prologue course to sample what’s on offer for 2019.
For most it was an opportunity to test both body and machines ahead of the start of the racing, while others used it as a chance to size up their racing lines.
With practice complete, some of the stars in this year’s race addressed onlookers before taking time to speak and chat with the local and international media in attendance.
Racing begins in earnest at round five of WESS on Tuesday, July 30 with the Prologue being broadcast live on Red Bull TV.
Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB): “For me Red Bull Romaniacs is all about the mountains. I enjoy the prologue, but I’m a bit too steady – it must be my age! I’m aiming for a strong Off Road Day 1 and then see where things are at. It’s a long week and the competition is tougher than ever, but I didn’t come here to finish second.”
Wade Young (Sherco – RSA): “It’s nice to be back here in Romania and carry the #1 plate into this race. I’m excited to get going. We’ve worked a lot behind the scenes to be ready. I’ve got a new frame and switched to KYB suspension. Overall, I feel good and I’m happy on the new setup. I feel well prepared despite a slight shoulder injury. The goal is just to stay humble and level headed this week – take each day as it comes and be strong when it counts.”
Sandra Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP): “I know this is going to be a big challenge, it certainly won’t be an easy time, but I’m up for it. I’ve been working hard all year and feel confident to see what I can do. Finishing 34th at Hixpania Hard Enduro was a good confidence boost for me. I’ve only ridden this race once before, but I’ve had good advice from by brother Alfredo and have a strategy!”
Championship Standings (After Round 4 of 8)
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 2690pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 2570pts; 3. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 2540; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 2314; 5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2155; 6. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 2125pts; 7. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2090pts; 8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 1900pts; 9. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 1631pts; 10. Travis Teasdale (KTM – RSA) 1610pts…
Red Bull Romaniacs Entry List
Red Bull Romaniacs Fast Facts
211. Bronze class competitors entered for 2019
26. Wade Young’s 2018 winning time in hours
34. Gold class competitors entered for the 16th edition
20. Track managers preparing the four off road days
12. Wacky obstacles planned for city prologue in Sibiu
6. Wins held by Graham Jarvis, the event’s most successful rider
Red Bull Romaniacs 2018 Podium
1. Wade Young (Sherco) 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 3. Jonny Walker (KTM)
Red Bull Romaniacs Past Winners
2018: Wade Young (Sherco)
2017: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2016: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2015: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2014: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2013: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2012: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2011: Graham Jarvis (Husaberg)
2010: Chris Birch (KTM)
2009: Andreas Lettenbichler (BMW)
2008: Graham Jarvis (Sherco)
2007: Cyril Despres (KTM)
2006: Michel Gau (KTM)
2005: Cyril Despres (KTM)
2004: Cyril Despres (KTM)
Red Bull Romaniacs Event Information
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