Hard Enduro 2017: The men to watch

Ahead of another jam-packed season we take a look at the who’s who in Hard Enduro 2017.
By Robert Lynn

The winter’s wait is over, it’s time for the world’s toughest riders to come out in force for the 2017 Hard Enduro World Series. Hard by name, it’s certainly hard by nature with races dotted across the globe.

From the jungle-like terrain of Brazil to Austria’s iron ore quarry of the Erzbergrodeo and the peaks of the isolated Romaniacs mountains plus plenty other terrain in between It’s a sport where only the toughest survive and the most determined and skilled succeed.

With that in mind, we take a look at who’s who in the official 2017 Hard Enduro world series.

Graham Jarvis

Team: Husqvarna Factory Racing
Country: Great Britain

Graham Jarvis Husqvarna Hard Enduro 2017
Graham Jarvis © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

The rider everyone has to beat, Graham Jarvis wears the #1 plate on his back for a very good reason. The definitive King of Hard Enduro, Jarvis stamped his authority on the series in 2016 with dominant wins at ErzbergRodeo and Red Bull Romaniacs before signing off with a close-fought victory at the Roof of Africa. Missing out on securing the inaugural Red Bull Minas Riders win last year, expect Jarvis to settle for nothing less than victory this time around.

Alfredo Gómez

Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Country: Spain

Alfredo Gómez KTM Hard Enduro 2017
Alfredo Gómez © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

Alfredo Gómez came out swinging in 2016 by beating Graham Jarvis to the Red Bull Minas Riders win in Brazil. He then signed off with oh-so-close runner-up result in South Africa. In between, podiums came his way at ErzbergRodeo and Red Bull Romaniacs. Recently second overall in the SuperEnduro World Championship, Gómez is arguably riding at his best, 2017 could be the year Gomez stakes his claim in Hard Enduro.

Wade Young

Team: Sherco Factory Racing
Country: South Africa

Wade Young Sherco Hard Enduro 2017
Wade Young © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

Wade Young is the definition of a Hard Enduro rider. As tough and relentless as they come, Young never quits and never questions the gnarliest of terrain put before him. Despite having the least trials skills of his rivals, the 22-year-old South African’s ability to solider on when the chips are down prove testament to his steely character. Entering his second season with Sherco, he’s one guy capable of laying hurt to the KTM/Husqvarna armada.

 

Jonny Walker

Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Country: Great Britain

Jonny Walker KTM Hard Enduro 2017
Jonny Walker © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

As years go, 2016 was one to forget for Jonny Walker. The Brit saw his chances of victory go up in smoke due to a broken leg sustained during his SuperEnduro World Championship campaign. Having almost achieved a Hard Enduro grand slam in 2015, Walker returns in 2017 looking to reignite that winning form.

Mario Román

Team: Sherco Factory Racing
Country: Spain

Mario Román Sherco Hard Enduro 2017
Mario Román © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

Mario Román leaves Husqvarna for Sherco in 2017 and strengthens their effort for the coming season. An incredibly talented trials rider he’s beginning to find the balance of speed and technical ability required for Hard Enduro. He came within a whisker of beating Jarvis at the brutal pre-season Ales Treme in France. Determined to succeed, he needs that one big result to get the ball rolling.

Billy Bolt

Team: Husqvarna Factory Racing
Country: Great Britain

Billy Bolt Husqvarna Hard Enduro 2017
Billy Bolt © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

Claiming a fighting fifth in his debut ErzbergRodeo in 2016, Billy Bolt was quickly signed up by Husqvarna for 2017. A rider with bags of natural ability, he will deliver some knockout results in what’s set to be his first full season in Hard Enduro.

Lars Enockl

Team: Klim KTM Racing
Country: Austria

Lars Enockl KTM Hard Enduro 2017
Lars Enockl © Jonty Edmonds/Future7Media

Never doubt the quietly spoken Austrian Lars Enockl. Landing his debut Hard Enduro win at the Red Bull Sea to Sky, Enockl realised a life long dream. As the top performing privateer in 2016, Enockl is the working man mixing with, and beating, the world’s elite Hard Enduro riders.

Kirsten Landman

Team: Brother Leader Tread KTM
Country: South Africa

Kirsten Landman KTM Hard Enduro 2017
Kirsten Landman © L. Nazdraczew

South African Kirsten Landman is leading the way for women in Hard Enduro. 2016 was another record breaking year for her as she became the first woman to complete the Gold Class route, along with claiming a stunning 25th overall in the Red Bull Sea to Sky.

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