Machete Hard Enduro 2019 comes to the end with the victory of Manuel Lettenbichler. The German KTM rider has won The Jungle Race, the final test, ahead of Jonny Walker (KTM) and Mario Roman (Sherco).
Manuel Lettenbichler wins in The Jungle Race, the definitive race inside of the Dominican jungle and is the final champion of Machete Hard Enduro. The young German rider has not had anything easy due to the heat and the hardness of the route. However, a final attack distanced him more than 10 minutes ahead of Jonny Walker (KTM) and the Spaniard Mario Román (Sherco).
Everything started with a neutralized start in the middle of Playa Dorada (Puerto Plata), where the participants made a ride by the town to the off road start. With a grid placed inside a river, the ‘riders’ spent more than five hours on a circuit of 25 kilometers and four laps. In this way, a river with many dry sections of 18 kilometers welcomed the riders until they spliced the loop of laps in the finish area. With a track based close to the national park of Isabel de Torres, several have been the points where the participants had to fight against the humidity and heat in a track designed by the hard enduro legend Andreas Lettenbichler.
Wade Young was the rider who took advantage as soon as he started but a navigation error made him skip a checkpoint and was disqualified. After that, Manuel lettenbichler took the relief until Graham Jarvis, who started in fifth position, overtook ‘Letti’. With a very high rhythm, Husqvarna’s Brit looked like the great winner… But everything changed on the last lap.
In his last time through the assistance, Jarvis could not continue due to a great pain in his shoulder. Thus, Lettenbichler returned to the first position and ahead for more than 10 minutes to his teammate, Jonny Walker. Mario Roman has been third after a great race in which a mechanical problem has made him lose a lot of time.
Machete Hard Enduro sets the bar very high in all America. With more than 2,000 spectators today, the Caribbean atmosphere makes this event one of the most authentic in the international calendar. The organization is already preparing the 2020 edition.
Photo Credit: Irina Gorodniakova
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