Jonny Walker Wins Red Bull 111 Megawatt
Jonny Walker has claimed another major extreme enduro victory, this time winning Red Bull 111 Megawatt – Taddy Blazusiak’s signature race held in Poland. Powering his KTM to fourth in the qualifying prologue, Jonny went on to top the Megawatt race ahead of countryman Graham Jarvis with Swede Joakim Ljunggren third.
Not quite able to lead from the first corner, Jonny initially settled into second behind fast starting Joakim Ljunggren before hitting the front and soon after hitting the dirt. Falling from the lead to third, Jonny worked his way back into the first placed spot shortly before stopping for fuel.
Once back out front he opened up a small but important advantage and completed the second half of the race without mistakes. Going on to claim the chequered flag three minutes ahead of Jarvis, Walker continues his unbeaten run in major extreme enduro races in 2015.
Walker’s next race is Red Bull Sea to Sky in Turkey, October 2-4.
Jonny Walker: “I’m made up with the win – it’s exactly the result I was aiming for. After finishing second last year I really wanted to win badly today. To be honest I can’t really fault my race too much. I got a decent start and tucked in behind Joakim on the first lap. But it was so dusty, so I made a big effort to pass him and get into the lead. Shortly afterwards I crashed and dropped three places. Pushing hard to regroup I got back into the lead before the first refuel point starting lap two. After that I just tried to ride my own race, avoid trouble and took the win.”
Graham Jarvis: “I think I’ve surprised even myself with this result – it’s almost like a win for me here. When I arrived and saw the course I didn’t think I could crack the top five let alone the podium so second is fantastic. I didn’t get a great start and struggled to see in the dust. That dropped me back but I didn’t let it bother me and rode my own race. I kept picking riders off all the time and suddenly I got to fifth. Then I closed in on Alfredo and Manuel and was third. I was happy with that but when I got to the final climb and saw Joakim stuck I couldn’t believe my luck. I gassed it and passed him for second. Brilliant!”
Alfredo Gomez: “I don’t think this was my kind of race to be honest. It was fast and there wasn’t a major amount of difficult sections to make time up. I rode steady for most of it and was having a battle with Manuel for the first two laps before pulling away from him. When Graham came past I wasn’t able to up my pace and react to him. Fourth is ok but the podium would have been better.”
Results – Red Bull 111 Megawatt
1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 1:41:21.85
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 1:44:10.22
3. Joakim Ljunggren (KTM) 1:44.15.85
4. Alfred Gomez (Husqvarna) 1:44.56.39
5. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 1:45.50.06
6. Lukasz Kurowsk (Yamaha) 1:47.24.47
7. Andy Noakley (KTM) 1:51.38.72
8. David Leonov (Husqvarna) 1:56:05.04
9. Dimitri Parshin (Sherco) 1:56.23.41
10. Emil Juszczak (KTM) 2:00.25.47