Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Briton claims final WESS stop as compatriot Bolt grabs 2018 title.
Briton Nathan Watson saw off Dutch home hero Glenn Coldenhoff and Belgian Yentel Martens on the beach to triumph at Red Bull Knock Out on Saturday as Billy Bolt was crowned the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION 2018. Here is all you need to know:
– The spotlight was on Watson’s compatriot Bolt ahead of the last exciting 2018 World Enduro Super Series (WESS) stop with him leading the overall standings.
– The sixth edition of the world’s toughest beach race in Scheveningen, Netherlands saw the field whittled down from 1,000 riders to 750 after the morning qualifier.
– Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Watson was the class act in the morning, however it was Coldenhoff who set the final pace with Watson, Martens, France’s Camille Chapeliere and Briton Todd Kellet in the hunt as well.
– The final hour saw the opening of the extreme X-Loop with Watson putting his Enduro motorbike skills to better use as he powered into the lead.
– Coldenhoff hung in second, but could only finish 90 seconds down on Watson with Martens winning the battle behind for the last podium place.
– Watson, 24, said: “To get the job done is an amazing feeling, especially after finishing runner-up the last two editions. I was ill last week and I didn’t expect to be so strong, but the whole race went perfectly. To jump up to third overall in the WESS championship is the icing on the cake for me.”
– Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Bolt and German Manuel Lettenbichler fought their own battle for the 2018 WESS crown with Bolt overcoming two crashes to finish 12th with Lettenbichler in 15th.
– The result saw Hard Enduro star Bolt claim the WESS crown and X-Bow with privateer Lettenbichler second and Watson edging out Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mate Josep Garcia for an excellent third overall.
– Bolt, 21, declared: “To become the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION is huge – it’s going to take a while for this to sink in. The race was crazy. I had two huge crashes and hit the ground hard, but apart from that I enjoyed it.”
– Lettenbichler, 20, added: “It’s been an amazing year and to end it as the championship runner-up is beyond my pre-season expectations. I wasn’t sure how things would be after hurting my thumb at the Gotland Grand National, but the adrenalin has kept the pain away.”
Red Bull Knock Out – WESS Round 8 result:
1. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 24 laps, 2:01:43.785; 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM – NED) 2:03:14.001; 3. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna – BEL) 2:07:35.255; 4. Camille Chapeliere (KTM – FRA) 23 laps 2:03:48.396; 5. Todd Kellet (Husqvarna – GBR) 2:05:51.526; 6. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha – GBR) 2:06:02.401; 7. Lars van Berkel (KTM – NED) 2:06:57.553; 8. Axel van de Sande (Yamaha – BEL) 2:07:19.272; 9. Jeffrey DeWulf (Yamaha – BEL) 2:07:57.178; 10. Sven van der Mierden (Husqvarna – NED) 22 laps 2:04:34.561
World Enduro Super Series final standings:
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 4800pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4470pts; 3. Nathan Watson (KTM – GBR) 4103pts; 4. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 4010pts; 5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 3675pts; 6. Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 3377pts; 7. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220pts; 8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 3010pts; 9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GBR) 2900pts; 10. Lars Enockl 2272pts