On what was the first true day of racing at the Red Bull Romaniacs, Graham Jarvis left his rivals in his wake to take a commanding victory.
Starting day one’s stage fourth, Jarvis got the bit between his teeth and pushed hard to reel his competitors in. Facing an eleven-minute deficit to Paul Bolton - who opened the stage – Jarvis worked his way to the front of the field and took control of the race led before reaching the service check.
Despite the intense heat and incredibly difficult trails, Jarvis was in his element as he easily distanced himself from everyone else. Ending the 131km long day over thirty minutes clear, Jarvis was pleased with his day’s work.
“That was a tough day,” told Jarvis. “The organisers said day one would be hard and they didn’t lie. Honestly, it’s been one of the hardest days that I remember riding for quite a while. At one point I needed to call for help just to get up the hill.
“But I’m more than pleased with how it’s gone. Starting fourth I knew I had a bit of work to do but I got down to business straight away and managed to win. I couldn’t have asked for a better result today.”
As the ninth rider to start the stage, Andreas Lettenbichler charged hard to end day one as runner-up to Jarvis. Catching up to Alfredo Gomez, the duo swapped positions in the latter part of the race as they battled their way to chequered flag. Re-passing Gomez just five kilometres from the finish line, Lettenbichler took second.
“It was a tough day but it was a good one,” confirmed Lettenbichler. “The first part of the race was quite fast and flowing and I steadily worked my way forwards. But after the fuel service the difficulty level was turned up a couple of notches. At one point I needed to lay my bike on it’s side and slide down a hill.
“Towards the end of the day I had a good fight with Gomez. He passed me on the final section ‘Bad Shape’ but I was able to pass him back on the run to the flag and take second.”
Impressing everyone in what’s his debut ride at the Red Bull Romaniacs, Alfredo Gomez ended day one in third.
“It was a good race,” commented Gomez. “This was my very first day of the Red Bull Romaniacs so I’m more than happy to have finished third today.”
Enjoying a steady race, Ben Hemingway controlled his position throughout the day. Holding off a late attack by Walker, Hemingway beat Walker to the top of the notorious ‘Bad Shape’ and hung on to finish fourth.
Starting fast, Jonny Walker ran into numerous problems and slipped back down the running order. Crashing heavily and then running out of fuel five minutes from the service check, he eventually recovered to place fifth.
Day one pushed everyone to their absolute limits. Of the forty Pro class riders only eight are classified with finishing day one. Day two will see riders leave Sibiu and head for the overnight stop in Petrosani.