Dirt and Trail September 2019

RobRidefast

SA's adventure magazine

SO GOOD IT FEELS LIKE YOU’RE CHEATING

DUNLOP TYRES – PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY HENDERSON RACING PRODUCTS

TOUGHEST OF THEM ALL

2 0 1 9 R E D B U L L R O M A N I A C S

A group of top South African

enduro riders headed to

Romania for one of the

worlds toughest races.

Only two of the locals

were classified as official

finishers as Husqvarna

Gold rider Matthew Green

made the Romaniacs finish

line 16th, and veteran

racer Graham Maclachlan

finished eighth in the Iron

class. As you all know, last

years winner, Sherco’s Wade

Young bust some toes on the

first day and despite pushing

through the pain for a while,

he had to withdraw.

Matthew Green: Brutal day in the

mountains, but we finished! P15 for

Romaniacs. On the track we went through

lots of ups and downs, mentally real highs

and LOWS, crazy lines, some real scary sh#t,

nearly saw Jesus a few times, rode up rivers,

rode down rivers and stupid downhills, we

raced, we let each other ride certain things

first and I gained massive experience and

respect from lots of the pros! Time to sleep.

Thanks for the messages everyone!

Placings for the other SA boys: Gold:

KTM’s Dwayne Kleynhans was 22nd and

William Oosthuizen 25th. Silver, Warren

Barwell 59th, Achim Bergmann 61st and

Jason Kozinsky 87th. Bronze, Brett Prawde

placed 74th and Grayton Ilderton 124th.

Grayton Ilderton: Red Bull Romaniacs 2019.

The most grueling 5 days I’ve ever spent on a

dirt bike!! I don’t remember having to dig this

deep in my life just to finish.

I ran out of fuel 1st race day and went

backwards after that lost 70 positions. The

Romanian gods were angry and it rained

properly 2 of the 4 race days. I ended with

time penalty on the last afternoon but still

qualified finisher.

Super stoked just to finish Bronze class!!

International Riders. A Family Affair:

Securing the win on the final day of racing

in Romania, Manuel Lettenbichler claimed

his debut victory in WESS. He was joined on

the podium by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez (ESP) and

Graham Jarvis (GB).

Holding the provisional lead at the end of

the penultimate day, Lettenbichler was

determined to claim the top step of the

podium on the final day of racing. With

a slender one-minute and seven-second

lead over Gomez, the German pushed hard

from the off and following the early climbs

maintained his position at the front.

74 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019

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