Motorsport / World Enduro Super Series / Garcia dominates from start to finish at Hawkstone Park

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Spaniard stars for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as Bolt leads overall.

Josep Garcia put on a motorbike masterclass to claim a start-to-finish victory at round six of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series at Hawkstone Park in Great Britain. Here is all you need to know:

– The opening day of racing saw the 650 competitors stretch their race legs on the sandy motocross track and surrounding woodland for fast and furious racing.

– Garcia impressed on Saturday to win the Fast Eddy Sprint Enduro ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mate and home hero Nathan Watson.

– Fellow Briton Billy Bolt, Jaume Betriu (ESP), Taddy Blazusiak (POL) and Manuel Lettenbichler (GER) rounded out the top six.

– Sunday’s action saw Garcia excel again in the two-and-a-half-hour Original Fast Eddy Cross-Country with scattered showers blowing through the iconic venue.

– He roared off the start line and built up a lead lap by lap to coast to a one-minute and 34-second margin of victory and his first win of the 2018 WESS series.

– It was a memorable race for British riders as fan favourites Watson and Bolt (Husqvarna) secured podiums with second and third respectively.

– Bolt’s third ensured that he takes the 2018 overall WESS lead into the seventh round of eight at the Gotland Grand National in Sweden from October 26-27.

– Garcia said: “My team were great, they let me know how much of an advantage I had so I was able to gauge the gap back to Nathan. I did have a couple of crashes, but thankfully it was nothing too serious.”

– Watson added: “I didn’t have enough left to go after Josep, but overall I am happy with my result and it’s great to get my first WESS podium.”

– Bolt revealed: “I started to crash a little bit, so just eased off and focused on claiming a safe third. The support from the fans was incredible. It’s fantastic to take the lead in the championship.”

Round 6 result – Hawkstone Park Cross-Country:
1. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 15 laps, 2:30:03.444
2. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 2:31:34.016
3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2:32:52.010
4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2:34:39.777
5. Jaume Betriu (KTM – ESP) 2:35:58.297

Provisional WESS standings after round 6 of 8:
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 4060pts
2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 3935pts
3. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 3320pts
4. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220pts
5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2985pts

Remaining 2018 WESS schedule:
Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

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