Wade Young dominates the Forest Race!
September 29, 2017 – Sibiu (Romania), Kemer and Istanbul (Turkey)
Sherco Factory rider Wade Young from South Africa showed an impressive performance at a dusty race day #2 at Red Bull Sea to Sky Edition 8 in Kemer. Britain’s Jonny Walker scored a solid second place on his Factory KTM followed by his fellow countryman Billy Bolt on Husqvarna.
Race day #2 of Red Bull Sea to Sky – Edition 8 – took the riders on a 51km time trial in the foothills behind Kemer. The track was flowy with smooth single trails, gravel roads and some uphills but without really difficult sections. About 70% of the track was new compared with the track of Edition 7 the year before and sections such as the “Magic Forest” and “Boulder Heaven” were waiting for the riders. The Magic Forest was a rather challenging trail going through some big rocks and old trees where ‘slalom skills’ were required. In Bolder Heaven the race track lead through big boulders on a very beautiful trail. But most of the riders didn’t really take the time to enjoy the scenic views because the results of the Forest Race determine the starting order for the Mountain Race and it’s – as always – vital to get an early start to avoid dust and traffic jams.
Billy Bolt was the one to open the race having won the Beach Race the day before. Most definitely eager to add another victory the young British talent had obviously learned the lessons of the past years and didn’t push too hard. Having had some bad crashes before he knew he would need to get to the finish of the Forest Race in one piece to not risk his chances for the main event, the Mountain Race tomorrow. It was Jonny Walker’s plan to push hard in the beginning to close the one minute gap on Billy at the start. And he did manage to close in on Billy and pass him. Once in the lead Jonny made no mistakes and crossed the finish line first.
But in the Forest Race it’s not who crosses the finish line but the rider with the fastest riding time who wins the race. Wade Young was on fire today. Having had troubles in the Beach race yesterday Wade wanted to show a reaction and take advantage of his phenomenal speed on tracks like they were facing today. And the reaction was impressive. Wade finished almost two minutes faster than Jonny Walker who scored the second-best time. David Cyprian (KTM) from the Czech Republic scored an astonishing 7th place just one second behind Alfredo Gomez (ESP, KTM) and almost 1.5 minutes ahead of Mario Roman (ESP, Sherco).
The best Turkish riders were Bayram Uysal (Husqvarna) coming in on 19th, Emre Cosar (Husqvarna) in 36th and Cagri Aslan in 49th position.
The top 10 finishers of the Forest Race will start in the first row of the Mountain Race. The second row of ten riders will start 2 minutes after the first.
Quotes From the Riders
Wade Young: „I’ve pretty much had a perfect run, kept it steady no crashes and very happy to finish 1st. Yesterday I had some troubles at the Beach Race, today everything went to plan. The track was pretty fast, nothing difficult but really tight. I enjoyed it and had a good flow. I tried to push a little harder at the beginning but then decided to just let the bike do it’s job – thanks to my team, they did a great job to giving me a bike that was just perfect. I’ll start in the first row tomorrow. It’s good they took out the riverbed at the beginning so you don’t need to race in the dust. What will be my strategy for tomorrow? I’ll see how the race will develop and take it from there – you have a few options but for sure I’m going for the top spot on the podium.“
Jonny Walker: „It was a good race, I was really happy with the bike and rode good. I pushed hard right after the start to catch Billy and nearly had a big crash. I did crash but I managed to somewhat save it so I didn’t really lose that much time. After that I decided to take it a bit easier and still was able to catch Billy just after the tank stop. He made a mistake so I passed him. It was difficult to follow in the dust so I think the other guys might struggle a little. I’m really happy with the race even though it was not the fastest time. The plan for tomorrow is to win. Maybe I can push from start to finish but I see how it goes.“
Billy Bolt: „The track was really nice, quite fast and sketchy in places but really enjoyable. I opened the race and it’s always difficult when there’s no track to follow really. I just tried to race my own race, not worrying too much about the other riders behind me. I had the feeling that Jonny was really pushing hard and this was true. I managed to stay with him for most of the race and about a minute behind Jonny isn’t too bad of a time. That was my game plan and it worked pretty well. I managed to stay out of trouble and get into the finish in one piece not to risk anything for the big day tomorrow.“
Graham Jarvis: „Overall I’ve had a good pace. The track was fast, nothing too difficult. There were a lot of single tracks and loose rocks so I reminded me to be a bit careful because the big race will happen tomorrow. I didn’t crash but made a couple of mistakes and spent a lot of time in the dust from the riders ahead of me but apart from that I was feeling good. So for tomorrow at the Mountain Race I usually tend to increase the speed later in the race when it’s getting more difficult but if I get a good start it’ll be better.“
Top 10 Results – Forest Race – Red Bull Sea to Sky 2017
September 29, 2017 – Kemer (Turkey)
1. Wade Young (RSA, Sherco), 1 hour 33 minutes 19 seconds
2. Jonny Walker (UK, KTM), 1:35:12
3. Billy Bolt, (UK, Husqvarna), 1:36:31
4. Graham Jarvis (UK, Husqvarna), 1:37:16
5. Lars Enöckl (AUT, KTM), 1:38:36
6. Alfredo Gomez (ESP, KTM), 1:39:12
7. David Cyprian (CZE, KTM), 1:39:13
8. Mario Roman (ESP, Sherco), 1:40:45
9. Paul Bolton (UK, KTM), 1:41:32
10. Pol Tarres Roca (ESP, Beta), 1:42:10
Event Schedule (all times EEST – Eastern European Summer Time)
Friday 29th September 2017 – Start 9:00
Olympos Mountain Race
Saturday 30th September 2017 – Start 9:00
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