The 18 years old Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU, KTM) takes the win on race day #1 at Red Bull Sea to Sky 2016! Winning the Beach Race marks his first podium result at an Extreme Enduro race and with his father Andreas “Letti” Lettenbichler (DEU, KTM) coming in 2nd this is the first time ever that a father and a son finish on the podium. Wade Young (ZAF, Sherco) came in third
The Track and the Qualifying The riders have to complete one lap that is 1.3km long and is fully of natural as well as manmade obstacles such as stone fields, tires and bridges. Andy Fazekas, who is responsible for the legendary Prologue at the Red Bull Romaniacs, spend 800 hours with his team to build it using among other things 250 tons of stones, more than 50 large tires and 30 cubic meters of wood.
The rain before the first qualification heat didn’t hurt the track, only the second stone section got a little more demanding since the stones were round and thus a bit slippery. Which however didn’t affect the top riders. Wade Young opened the battle and didn’t have problems completing the lap. Then it was Letti’s turn to go flat out in the sand and rocks. Despite having reached a certain age, Letti hasn’t lost any of his pace and his riding still looks very clean. Rider #3 was Letti’s son Manuel – one of the young guns to battle for victory at the 7th Edition of Red Bull Sea to Sky. Since the track did have quite a lot of SuperEnduro elements it certainly pleased „Mani“ who is the reigning SuperEnduro Junior World Champion. Red Bull Sea to Sky 2016 – Forest Race Billy Bolt (UK, KTM) won the qualification heats with an impressive 7 seconds gap on Manuel Lettenbichler (DEU, KTM) followed by Andreas “Letti” Lettenbichler (DEU, KTM)!
The Finals 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.
The mode for the three finals in the afternoon is 15 minutes + 1 lap – which doesn’t sound that long but going flat out on a motocross track stuffed with SuperEnduro elements – such as rock sections, tree trunks and water – all over it puts the riders endurance to the test.
When the finals started the beach was packed with a huge crowd cheering the riders especially through the tough sections. And most certainly all eyes were on the last final with the top riders.
It was again Andreas „Letti“ Lettenbichler who took the holeshot – just like he did last year. But Billy Bolt (UK, KTM) was truly on fire and caught Letti just at the end of the first lap. From then on Billy pushed massively and had a solid lead when his chain broke – that was it for the 19-year-old super talent who – as almost all other top riders has a strong trials background. Letti took advantage of that and lead the race ahead of an ambitious Wade Young. Wade managed to pass Letti and the battle between the two was on.
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The results of the Beach Race determine the starting order of the Forest Race tomorrow, a time trial in the woods around Kemer. The track will be 42km long and all riders will push hard for the best possible time again because the results of the Forest Race determine in which starting row the riders will start in the main event – the Mountain Race on Saturday. Top 10 Results – Beach Race – Red Bull Sea to Sky 2016 October 6, 2016 – Kemer (Turkey) Manuel Lettenbichler, (GER, KTM), 7 laps, 17:39.656 Andreas Lettenbichler (GER, KTM) 7 laps, 17:43.144 Wade Young (ZAF, Sherco) 7 laps, 17:45.408 Blake Gutzeit (ZAF, Yamaha) 7 laps, 18:23.408 Pol Tarres Roca (ESP, Beta) 7 laps, 18:59.395 Kyle Redmont (USA, Beta) 7 laps, 19:01.904 Lars Enöckl, (AUT, KTM) 7 laps, 19:13.397 Scott Bouverie (ZAF, KTM) 7 laps, 19:16.908 David,Cyprian (CZE, KTM) 7 laps, 19:20.410 Mitch Carvolth (USA, KTM) 7 laps, 19:42.159