Jonny Walker takes the win at the Red Bull Sea to Sky 2015 Beach Race! | MADEinENDURO.COM - Long way to become RedBull Romaniacs...
October 2, 2015 – Kemer (Turkey)KTM Factory rider Jonny Walker (UK) takes a superior win at the first of three races days at Red Bull Sea to Sky Edition 6 in Kemer. Second place goes to last years overall winner Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna, UK) and third to Andreas „Letti“ Lettenbichler (GER, KTM).
Walker with the fastest lap in the qualification heats
In the morning of Race Day 1 of Red Bull Sea to Sky 296 riders from 30 countries were sent into two qualification heats to determine the starting order for
the three finals in the afternoon. The riders were allowed to stick with their time of the first qualification heat if they were happy with that time. Jonny Walker scored the fastest time on his KTM 300 EXC followed by his teammate Andreas Lettenbichler from Germany and Wade Young from South Africa (KTM)!
After a midday break the fastest 150 riders were split up into three groups of 50 riders each for the three finals – primarily to avoid major traffic jams at the manmade obstacles: Final C with the slowest 50 riders ranked 101-150, final B with the medium paced 50 riders ranked 51-100 and the final A with the fastest 50 riders ranked 1-50.
All of the top riders such as Alfredo Gomez (ESP, Husqvarna), Graham Jarvis (UK, Husqvarna), Andreas Lettenbichler (GER, KTM) and Ben Hemingway (UK, Beta) most certainly were present in the Final A.
The Beach Race Track and the Finals
The finals started at 16:00 in the afternoon and about 5,000 spectators came to watch an extraordinary race on a superb track designed by Andy Fazekas of XVENTURE and built by the great team of the Kemer Enduro Club. Andy is also responsible for the legendary prologue at the Red Bull Romaniacs. He designed quite a different track for the Beach Race in 2015: One of his goals was to make it a bit more challenging for the riders with a motocross background. After all Red Bull Sea to Sky is a Hard Enduro event and aims to design the tracks tough but „ridable” for those who come prepared and with the skills required in Hard Enduro after all! The obstacles included giant tires, rocks, matrix, dumpsters and gap jumps.
It was the seasoned rider Andreas Lettenbichler from Germany on his KTM who took the holeshot when the Final A of fastest riders started in the late afternoon. Jonny Walker was in fourth position after the first turn and then pushed hard to get in front. It was obvious that Jonny really loves riding in the sand, he pushed hard but still rode smart and was able to take the lead after two laps. Other than last year the 24 years old Hard Enduro super star made no mistakes and took away the first win – this young man is clearly on a mission to clinch the first Grand Slam in Hard Enduro ever by winning all of the 6 major races in 2015.
Graham Jarvis delivered a smooth and controlled but still a fast race. He made up some time in the obstacles with his superb riding technique and made sure to stay way from the carnage in some places caused by riders getting stuck. Andreas Lettenbichler maintained a good pace despite still suffering from recent surgeries and a crash in the stone section. After about 2 months without training he didn’t expect a good result and was really happy ending up with the third place! His 17 years old son Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) finished 10th and put himself in a good position for the Forest Race tomorrow.
Burak Özdemir and Islam Yildiz were the fastest Turkish Riders coming in on solid places 50 and 60.
Quotes from the Podium
Jonny Walker: “I think that was probably the hardest Beach Race I’ve ever done at Sea to Sky. It was really tough in places. I got a decent start and battled with Andreas for about two laps. Once I got into the lead I tried to build a gap but there were a few bottlenecks on the track and it was pure luck if you got through them clean or not. It’s great to get a win in the bag already. I always love the Beach Race and I’m chuffed to start off this race on a high. Hopefully I can keep things rolling for the rest of the weekend.”
Graham Jarvis: „I’m happy with the 2nd place. It was probably the hardest Beach Race I’ve ever did here in Kemer apart from that I felt like I rode ok. I had to wait here and there but just had to be patient & pick a line. I made one big mistake and got hooked up on a board. Apart from that I rode ok but got really tired towards the end – I think everybody was.”
Andreas “Letti” Lettenbichler: „The race went quite well, I took the holeshot which was important so you stay out of troubles in the first laps and also out of the dust. A lot of riders got stuck in the tyres and the rocks. I also took a big crash in the rocks, flipped over the front of the bike. It was very tiring, really, really physical and I’m super happy to get the first podium here at Red Bull Sea to Sky!“
Race Day 2 – Forest Race tomorrow
The results of the Beach Race determine the starting order of the Forest Race on day 2, Saturday October 3rd, 2015. The Forest Race will be about 75km long and 80% of the track will be new compared with 2014.
For the Forest Race – as well as the Mountain Race – there will be a live time keeping on our website.
The Red Bull Sea to Sky App for both, Android and iOS devices are offered. It contains maps of the three races, start list and results and it’s a great source of information for both, riders and fans. The app is ready for download and installation in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store – just search for „Red Bull Sea to Sky”!
Top 10 Results – Beach Race – Red Bull Sea to Sky 2015
October 2, 2015 – Kemer (Turkey)
1. Jonny Walker (UK, KTM) – All riders 9 Laps – 19 minutes 44 seconds
2. Graham Jarvis (UK, Husqvarna) 20:56
3. Andreas Lettenbichler (GER, KTM) 21:23
4. Paul Bolton (UK, KTM) 21:28
5. Alfredo Gomez (ESP, Husqvarna) 21:34
6. Jonathan Richardson (UK, KTM) 21:55
7. Ben Hemingway (UK, Beta) 22:14
8. Wade Young (RSA, KTM) 22:58
9. Blake Gutzeit (RSA, Husqvarna) – 8 laps – 21:03
10. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER, KTM) – 8 laps – 21:07