Factory Husqvarna rider Graham Jarvis puts another Hard Enduro win in the books at the GetzenRodeo.
Graham Jarvis scored another Hard Enduro win at the 2014 edition of the GetzenRodeo in Griessbach, Germany, Saturday; Griessbach is about 12 miles north of the border between Germany and the Czech Republic, and 155 miles south of Berlin.
The GetzenRodeo is split into two parts. The first part is the “GetzenRace”, a two-hour long main race with a maximum of 50 riders. The race serves as a qualifier for the “GetzenChamp”, a final run consisting of five laps, in which only the best 12 riders from the “GetzenRace” qualify.
Jarvis easily qualified through the GetzenRace by finishing third, but his Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Alfredo Gomez, faired better, finishing third behind Great Britain’s Jonny Walker and Germany’s Andreas Lettenbichler.
Jarvis got off to a poor start in the five-lap GetzenChamp when the starter’s flag dropped, but he quickly made up for lost time, moving into second place, behind Walker, at the end of the opening lap. Jarvis then passed Walker and pulled away, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. Jarvis completed the five laps in just over one hour and claimed the GetzenRodeo win and a 1111-Euro top prize with a winning margin of 7 minutes.
“Everything went really well in the main five-lap race,” Jarvis said. “I tried to set off in neutral, which wasn’t a good idea and lost a few places, but I got past a few riders really quickly. Then I battled my way in front of Letti [Lettenbichler] and caught up with Jonny [Walker]. We had a little bit of a battle, but I managed to get away. After that I didn’t do a lot wrong. Things worked out great. The morning race was good, but I eased off after an hour to save some energy for the afternoon race. It was good, a little bit frantic on the first lap, but good. I got away quickest but made a few mistakes and decided to use my time out on the track to look at different lines. All in all it’s been a fantastic event, with a really good track and a massive number of spectators.”
Walker finished second, ahead of Lettenbichler. Gomez finished just off the podium in fourth place after he fell at the start of the GetzenChamp. Beta rider Ben Hemingway finished fifth.
Results: October 25, 2014
GetzenChamp (Main Event)
1. Graham Jarvis-Hus/5 laps
2. 2. Jonny Walker-KTM/+7 minutes, 03.962 seconds
3. Andreas Lettenbichler-KTM/+10:13:865
4. Alfredo Gomez-Hus/+11:30.858
5. Ben Hemingway-Bet/+22:56.432
6. Phillips Scholz-KTM/+24:21.290
1. Jonny Walker-KTM/11 laps
2. Andreas Lettenbichler-KTM/11 laps
3. Alfredo Gomez-Hus/10 laps
4. Graham Jarvis-Hus/10 laps
5. Marcus Kehr-She/10 laps
6. Phillips Scholz-KTM/9 laps