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2012 Red Bull Romaniacs day 3 and 4

DAY 3 Make it or break Jarvis rides a lonely race ahead of the field, Birch engages with Letti in the battle for the 2nd


Make it or break
Jarvis rides a lonely race ahead of the field, Birch engages with Letti in the battle for the 2nd place. Red Bull Romaniacs Offroad Day Three brought it on with 19.000 altitude meters and went ?full throttle?
Sibiu, Romania, June 16th, 2012 ? At 5.55 in the morning, deep down in a steep valley, the Red Bull Romaniacs Offroad Day Three took off. It was a cold morning, most riders were still stiff and in pain from the previous day and the warming sun seemed to be light-years away. While everyone was thinking about how to get warm and find their flow as quickly as possible, head-trackmanager Klaus Sorensen and Red Bull Romaniacs mastermind Martin ?Freijn? Freinademetz rolled out their vicious plan to show the world`s elite of Hard Enduro riders their limits. Today they threw a total of 19.000 altitude-meters at them, of which 1.000m were already covered in a single, never ending hill-climb: ?Please no rain?. The beautiful Romanian countryside, the perfect weather fun sections like the full-throttle ?A8? made up for the pain and helped the riders to partially recover.
Except for one, the plan to bring everyone to their limits had worked out and most riders returned quite destroyed back at the paddock. Not so Graham Jarvis. He rode a lonely race today ? defending his undisputed claim to be the king of the Carpathians for the third day. Andreas ?Letti? Lettenbichler kept chasing after him in the morning but after getting clutch problems and losing precious 20 minutes in ?Please no rain?, he had to let Jarvis go. Jarvis arrived at the finish 15 minutes before the minimum estimated riding time and surprised all Red Bull Romaniacs staff at the checkpoints, service points and finish with his unexpected early arriving ? interrupting their well earned breaks. Klaus Sorensen: ?Jarvis is a rider from a different planet. Everyone else arrived as planned ca. 15 minutes after the minimum estimated riding time, Jarvis 15 minutes before?!? Graham Jarvis: ?It was pretty lonely for me out there today, the only two riders I saw, were two guys from the Hobby-class. But it was a fun ride, even in the ?Please no rain? section. The ?A8? was a blast!?. Martin ?Freijn? Freinademetz confirmed again that the perfect conditions play in favor of undercutting the minimum riding times, but that the track had to be designed with the option of rain in mind. In this case, 50% of the field would have dropped out by now.

Another surprise today was the stunning come-back of 2010 Red Bull Romaniacs-winner Chris Birch. After going through a valley of pain all day during Offroad Day Two, his fans were wondering how long he would be able to keep going. An early morning dialogue between Chris Birch and Darryl Curtis illustrates their attitude: Curtis, coughing like a old man that has been smoking forever: “I have bronchitis, I can’t really breathe!? Chris: “get over it, it’s just a soar throat!” Curtis to Chris, who`s foot is likely to be broken: “get over it, it’s just a soar foot! Quitting is not a option?” Birch took that advice and delivered a brilliant race, starting from 7th position and finishing as 2nd of the day. Chris Birch: ?I had a beautiful day today and really got to enjoy myself again on the bike, best part was the ?A8? on top of the mountain!?

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An attitude, that might be up for Jonny Walker to adopt: the ?Wunderkind?, who got up bright and early today after almost missing the start yesterday, had to struggle through a crash, in which he hurt his shoulder. Despite that he kept enjoying the race and performed like a Red Bull Romaniacs veteran, finishing 6th. It might have helped that he had joined a strategic alliance with Melcior Faja (4th) and Xavi Galindo (5th), in which they took turns navigating all day.

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Spectacular hot-summer finish of the 2012 Red BullRomaniacs
The ?Silent Assassin? is the dominator of the Carpathians; Lettenbichler delivers the coolest ride of his life, Walker becomes the youngest rider ever on a Red Bull Romaniacs PRO-class podium
Sibiu, Romania, June 17th, 2012 ? The last day of the 2012 Red Bull Romaniacs took off with an extra hour of sleep: in a last minute decision, the organizing team around Martin ?Freijn? Freinademetz granted the riders an easier and relaxed start into what would become theirlast and toughest day. The level of difficulty and pressure had been rising as quickly as the energy level of the participants was draining. Some of the most insane sections were still waiting out there to bring the riders to their limits. But the sprits were high, the weather perfect and the end of one of the best Red Bull Romaniacs ever was in sight!
The rallye finished today without major accidents,except some shoulder damage for Freijn: After hours of shoulder padding andknocking from happy riders, who came by the race headquarter to express their appreciation of a fantastically organized and fair valuated race, he is nowgetting his share of suffering! At the end of the 2012 Red Bull Romaniacs, Freijn is sending his riders home today: all tired, most in good health and all extremely satisfied. Martin ?Freijn? Freinademetz: ?We have learned our lesson over the last nine years and are trying to get better each year. Our main objective is to send the riders home satisfied with their own performance and satisfied how this performance got recognized and awarded. Of course we are all humans, there can always be screw-ups, but they are certainly not part of our regular structure. Last year we got caught cold with way more finishers than we expected because of the great conditions. And this year the conditions are even better and we have ca. 80% finishers ? but thanks to my wife Sigrid, we have enough ?Finisher?- medals for everyone 😉 !?
For the organizers, the high number of finishers is not a contradiction to the concept of the rallye: Of course, some of the top ten riders would prefer the difficult sections to become even harder, which would give their trial-experience additional edge over the competition, but Freijn explains: ?we are trying to offer a good mix to all Hard-Enduro riders. We do not want to create a 4-days trial event, we are a hard-Enduro rally that offers equal chances for fast and technical riders alike. Competitors with trials background only, are already in slight advantage, but we will not increase the weighting on this. And we are also content with the high number of finishers in thesegreat conditions: the race will become an unforgettable memory for them! And if the race would have taken place 2 weeks ago, it would have been a differentstory ? with over 50% drop-outs!?
Despite the refusal to make the hard sections evenmore difficult, some of the top-riders already confirmed their return to Romania. Graham Jarvis, the ?Silent Assassin? who dominated the race without any real competition, is now a 3-times winner of the rallye, like Cyril Despres. He already confirmed to be back next year to complete his mission to kick Cyril off the throne for good and become the undefended ?Kind of the Carpathians?. Graham on his 300cc Husaberg finished the first three Offroad Days of the Red Bull Romaniacs as winner and rode quite a lonely race at the top.
Andreas ?Letti? Lettenbichler was doing his best to offer Jarvis some company throughout the race, but his ?social reach out? stayed unappreciated due to the fast pace of Jarvis. Both ended up riding alone most of the time. ?Letti? however, who finished 3rd in 2011 because of several nasty crashes, was in his best shape ever and delivered a very balanced performance in 2012. His strategy to keep his head clear, have the time of his live riding some of the best Enduro tracks in the world and avoid mistakes, not only brought him the overall 2nd place, but also loads of fun.
The overall 3rd of the 2012 Red Bull Romaniacs, Jonny Walker profited from his extremely steep learning curve. After nailing the prologue, the ?young gun? had a tough awakening on the first day and he was seen struggling through the Romanian wilderness. On the forth day however, he came in first ? as winner of the day. ?I’m here for the experience this year and want to come back next year to kick some butt. I am stoked tohave made it onto the podium of this unbelievable race!? Walker finished 3rd in the overall rating of the 2012 Red Bull Romaniacs.
Unfortunately for Chris Birch, after 4 years on the podium of the Red Bull Romaniacs and winning the race in 2010, he ended up finishing 4th. Birch had delivered a winning performance on Offroad Day 3 and 4, but due to his injured foot had fallen too far back on Offroad Day 2.
Martin “Frejn” Freinademetz: ?We have marked and prepared ca. 600km of tracks, employed 400 people, distributed 20.000 liters of fuel and 390 liters of 2-stroke oil to the 16 tankpoints, build 4 service points and established 40 checkpoints, provided food and accommodation for riders and team, arranged world-class rescue services and security ? we are as tired and relieved as the riders and extremely happy that we had such a great racing event to celebrate the sport of Extreme-Enduro! A big ?Thank you? to my team and the participants for making this happen! This is a perfect position to start preparations for the Red Bull Romaniacs 2013, which will be our 10th anniversary!?
The results:
More extensive information and live-streaming is now also available about all riders, about the daily results and much more at:
Red Bull Romaniacs, the toughest Hard-Enduro rallye on earth!
4 days of competition along a difficult and enthralling course, which leads through the Southern Carpathian Mountains and redefines the meaning of ?Extreme Enduro?. The Rally is tailored for ultimate offroad and Enduro fun – combined with challenges that bring the participants of each individual class (HobbySingle, Hobby Team, Expert Single, Expert Team, PRO) to their limits. Due to these challenges and the difficulty level, high abandon rates are common. Therefore: To FINISH is to be a WINNER. The track is unfolding along well-chosen mountain areas, rocky grounds, hills and valleys; tarmac is avoided as much as possible. Despite the tough challenges, all competitors agree that the Red Bull Romaniacs is one of the most beautiful Enduro races. The breathtaking countryside, the Romanian hospitality and the fact, that it is a race from riders for riders, make every event a long lasting memory for participants and fans alike. The daily distances covered range from 100km to 200km.

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