Manuel Lettenbichler victory on the first offroad day at Red Bull Romaniacs.

Following on from Tuesday’s prologue, the fourth round of the World Enduro Super Series saw competitors get down to the serious business of racing, with Manuel Lettenbichler topping the opening day in the mountains over Wade Young and Jonny Walker. For the first of four Enduro days, competitors from the 53 nations represented in this year’s race were thrown in the deep end as they faced a 10-hour day of racing to complete the 160-kilometre long course. Starting in Sibiu, the point-to-point route took them high into the Carpathian Mountains as they battled their way through rain, mud, slippery forestry tracks and mountain top peaks to reach the finish line at the Straja ski resort. Regarded by many as one of the most physically demanding days at Red Bull Romaniacs for some time, the 15th edition of this race is pulling no punches.

Wade Young of South Africa performs during the first race day of the Red Bull Romaniacs in Sibiu, Romania on July 25, 2018. Excellent second place for Young

Manuel Lettenbichler “Towards the end, Wade pulled away but on corrected time I knew I had enough to take the win. It’s awesome to take my second ever stage win at Romaniacs and in such difficult conditions is amazing.” The return of Gómez is being very positive

The 15th edition of Red Bull Romaniacs is go, with Britain’s Billy Bolt storming ahead for the prologue win. Here’s how it all went down. Frustrated by a mistake riddled day, Walker was disappointed not to have joined the leading duo in the fight for victory. But despite his errors, third overall came as a surprise to the two-time Red Bull Romaniacs winner and WESS points leader. I’m actually surprised to be third because I made a bunch of mistakes. Jonny Walker “I missed a fuel stop and had to beg some hobby guys for fuel to keep me going”, admitted Walker. “Hopefully that’s all those rookie errors shaken off and I can weigh into the mix a bit more tomorrow.”

Provisional Results – Red Bull Romaniacs, Off Road Day 1

Gold Class Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) Wade Young (Sherco) Jonny Walker (KTM) Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) Paul Bolton (KTM) Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) Alfredo Gómez (Husqvarna) Travis Teasdale (Beta) Mario Roman (Sherco)