Dirt and Trail September 2019

RobRidefast

SA's adventure magazine

SA Star Wade Young.

Like father, like Son.

The Lettenbichlers.

one of the closest and I’m happy that I was still in contention

right up to the end.”

With the top three proving themselves the main contenders,

Blazusiak was a definite improver as the week wore on.

Hampered by his technical issue on day one, a strong ride on the

final two days brought him back up the leaderboard for fourth. A

really strong ride from Walker for third on Off Road Day Four, saw

him complete the top five in the final classification.

Taddy Blazusiak: “Considering what happened on day one, I’m

happy with how things went. On the second day, I knew I had

lost a lot of time so just kept to a solid pace to avoid making any

mistakes. After that things went well and I was able to push. I was

hoping for a podium, but unfortunately, I simply lost too much

time early on. Still, to place fourth in what is my first ever finish

at Romaniacs is not bad at all. This race is tough and especially

like today when it’s raining it really pushes you to the limit.

Experience and set up is also really important so I’ll take what

I’ve learned and come back stronger next year.”

Jonny Walker: “Obviously it’s not been the best Romaniacs

for me, it would have been nice to get on top of the podium

again, but I have to take some positives from the race. I started

off strong but was struggling on a lot of the hills and that was

tiring me out too much, especially as my wrist is still a concern.

I kept going though and then for the last day we made some big

changes to the bike and suspension and it seemed to work really

well – I led the final day for a good while. I’m pleased with how

things ended up and feel I’ve finally turned things around now for

the WESS championship. Really looking forward to my home race

at Hawkstone Park now.”

Behind the top five, drama struck Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario

Roman. Holding fourth overall, the Spaniard had a bad day at the

office in seventh. Despite a strong three days previous, he slipped

Iron class winner

Anna Schmolzl

A very tired

Graham

Maclachlan.

Iron Finisher.

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