JONNY WALKER - JANUARY 2015
I can’t really complain about how 2015 has started. A race win and podium result at the second round of the SuperEnduro in Germany has now been backed up with a race win at the Alès Trêm extreme enduro in France. It’s all good!
After a bit of a sour end to 2014 due to my results at the opening round of the SuperEnduro championship I was more determined than ever to turn things around once the New Year began. With the GP of Germany coming literally a couple of days after January 1st, I kept my training and riding going right through the Christmas break. I wanted to come out swinging in Germany and get things on the right track.
I’m feeling good on the bike but in SuperEnduro that’s just not enough any more. With the races being so short and snappy you need everything to come together to succeed. Your riding needs to be on point, fitness up to scratch and you need to be in the hunt from the drop of the starting gate. And after all of that a little bit of luck can go a long way.
In the final race in Germany everything finally came together. My start was dialled in and I forced my way to the front of the field on lap one. Getting tucked in behind Taddy, I felt comfortable riding at his pace. I was able keep the pressure on and as soon as we came into some lapped riders one mistake from him was all it took to get into the lead.
Riding out those final few laps in the lead felt awesome and even better was crossing the finish line to win. That one victory makes such a difference to your confidence and I’m pleased to have got it at round two. After all the hours spent training, getting that win under my belt sort of confirms that I am doing everything right. Now it’s just a matter of repeating it in Finland, which is this weekend, and for the rest of the series.
Last weekend was also my first race outdoors. The Alès Trêm was a new race on the extreme enduro calendar. I don’t think I’ve ever raced an extreme event in France before so it was cool to do something new. Plus with Graham Jarvis, Andreas Lettenbichler and Wade Young also there it turned into a good shakedown ahead of next month’s Hell’s Gate in Italy.
The two-day format was pretty simple – an Endurocross race on Friday and then a three-lap race around the surrounding mountains on Saturday. The Prologue final was at night and it was pretty crazy to say the least. Thankfully I got the win and that gave me the top spot for Saturday.
I set off as hard as I could but with each lap over 60 kilometres long it was difficult to break away from both Graham and Letti who were chasing me down. At the end of lap one we were all sort of bunched up together and it stayed that way until the beginning of lap three.
I felt happy letting them set the pace and waited until Graham made a move. When he tried to make a break for it I went with him. We were both on the limit so it became a case of whoever didn’t mess up won – luckily it was me who won!
It’s a cool feeling to have some wins so soon into the year. Like I said, I’m feeling good on the bike and having a lot of fun each time I ride. The next couple of weeks will be hectic juggling SuperEnduro and extreme races – I’ve got about seven races in eight weeks. But I’m up for the challenge and ready to go.
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