Graham Jarvis held off Cody Webb and Alfredo Gomez to claim victory in the second edition of Red Bull Minas Riders in Brazil. Jarvis lost out to Gomez in last year’s inaugural race, however he dug deep over 240km to take revenge after the race was cut short to two days.
Graham said, “Cody was really close to me during most of the time and, honestly, I believe that this ended up helping me, because we could support each other and even helped each other on a few spots. “This year, I found my way easily on the tracks and I knew what I had to do, so I ended up winning time. I’m really happy.”
Webb, riding for the first time in Minas Gerais, had a strong debut – improving on his prologue third to sit behind Jarvis by the competition’s shortened end. The American proved he was one to watch with an excellent second place in 2016’s Red Bull Hare Scramble.
He revealed, “It was insane. I have been in very hard competitions, but nothing compares to a race where you have to ride for five hours daily in a very complicated terrain. “The mountains here are crazy and I’ve never been riding in the middle of the forests. I consider all of this an amazing experience.” Rigor Rico, who won the Silver category last year, showed promise and ended up as the best Brazilian rider in 7th place.
Event organiser Martin Freinademetz explained, “It is a pity that the race was shorter than planned. “Unfortunately the conditions haven’t allowed the original length of the race. However, tough conditions will never spoil the fun in Extreme Enduro.”
1st place – Graham Jarvis – GBR
2nd place – Cody Webb – USA
3rd place – Alfredo Gomez – ESP
1st place – Romulo Bottrel – BRA
2nd place – Rogério Zortea – BRA
3rd place – Renan Tonon – BRA
1st place – Patrik Capila – BRA
2nd place – Diego Baesso Collet – BRA
3rd place – Marco Túlio Faria – BRA
1st place – Kelder Campos – BRA
2nd place – Laurindo Zatorski – BRA
3rd place – René Reist – SUI
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