Dirt and Trail September 2019

RobRidefast

SA's adventure magazine

Gomez appeared to struggle to find his rhythm early on,

dropping back behind a charging Jonny Walker (GB). The

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider was on top form and

provisionally led on corrected time entering the service

point.

But with heavy rain greeting riders, the already challenging

trails proved slippery and unpredictable. Gomez found

his rhythm in the rain and brought the fight back to

Lettenbichler. The duo swapped and changed position with

each passing section.

Lettenbichler entered the Gusterita finishing arena first and

worked hard to complete the remaining climbs as quickly

as possible. Anxiously waiting for Gomez to arrive, the KTM

rider kept one eye on the clock and one on his rival as the

seconds ticked by.

The nerves soon turned to joy and with Lettenbichler

declared the winner, the celebrations could begin. For

Gomez, it was a case of close, but not close enough. Despite

giving his best effort on arguably the toughest day of this

year’s race it was not to be and he had to settle for the

runner-up result. Putting hopes of another victory in this

year’s championship on hold, Jarvis ended his week on the

third step of the podium.

Manny Lettenbichler: “I’m over the moon right now, I really

can’t believe it. This race is really something special and to

win here feels amazing. The event is so long and so hard and

anything can happen, so I’m so pumped to take the win. It’s

been an incredible five days and so gnarly, especially with

all the rain we’ve had. Some of the uphills that would have

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